I am a seasoned BC snowboarder who recently made the decision to transition to BC skiing for a number of reasons that I will not bore you with in this post. I have been skiing resorts for several years and I would consider myself an advanced skier, not expert. I recently purchased a pair of K2 Annex 108’s in a 177 length and put a marker griffon binding on them. I love these skis as they have certainly expanded the amount of ski terrain that I can now comfortably ski. So, thinking that this was the ski for me, I went out and purchased a pair K2 Coombacks 104 in 177 length and equipped them with a Dynafit Radical ST binding. I figured that the similar shape and dimensions would make this the perfect BC ski for me.
Well, I have been struggling on these skis and I can’t figure out why. They feel squirrely and unstable. I just can’t seem to find my balance point on them. I have practiced with them in bounds on groomers and they seem ok, but as soon as I hit the crud and/ or the powder I just feel like I am completely out of control. Does the 4mm at the waist really make that big of a difference? Is there something else I should be looking at?
I should mention that I am 6’0” 178 lbs and my boot is a new Scarpa Maestrale. This is my first time on a tech binding, so I am wondering, is this a ski issue, a boot issue, a binding issue, or just skier error. Could it be a case of not being used to the lightweight less driving equipment, or is this ski that much different? I have considered switching the tech binding over to the annex 108, but I love this ski at the resort and with my lack of experience on multiple skis/ BC ski setups, I am worried that this is not the real fix.
Open to advice!!