Originally Posted by beyond
OP: You never make it clear whether all this is still about wanting to learn to X-Country, or you've gotten more interested in alpine. But in either case, ain't the ski. You learn to handle a x-country rig, or carve nice turns like you see slalom racers doing, by taking lessons. And then practicing. Logging time on the slope. Or by joining a club/team where coaches will give you lessons. And then you practice.
Stop, take a deep breath, and actually absorb what most here are saying: No, getting a racing ski is not a good idea. In fact, it will probably hinder your development, because you will develop bad habits to compensate for not being in control of the ski, or being able to get it to behave.
Then, you might ask yourself what this sudden fascination with racing skis really has to do with X-Country. Your reliance on one article seems weak; are you really sure you don't want to learn to race alpine, and the rest is an excuse? If yes, do not go buy a racing ski. Go buy a bunch of lessons and rent skis until you've gotten to where you can appreciate differences between various skis. If no, then go buy a bunch of lessons with a X-Country instructor.
Actually, if you read my original post, I said I came across a Cross Country Blog that said this, and wondered COULD the same potentially be true for Alpine. If it is not, that is perfectly and being told no, that does not apply to this is perfectly fine. I'm interested in cross country skiing as well as alpine skiing. I'd read a boot dealer say that there is no such thing as beginner, int, advanced boots, and wondered okay, could this be true for skis as well, and could race skis POTENTIALLY be valuable learning tool for technique, especially since my interest is on groomed courses, my interest in skiing back mountain powder is practically zero at this point. I noticed that Slalom skis have simillar narrow lengths, widths, and Turn radii to something like the Rossignol Pursuit 200, THUS my question, since Slalom skis are specifically designed to respond to turns, could they potentially be a more valuable investment and worth learning to ski on. I am not objecting to being told no, they are not., but did I think it was worth asking? Yes, why not ask if you don't know?
What I object to is being told to go buy World Cup DH skis so I can go be ready to go race the Hahnenkamm. I'm not an idiot and don't appreciate being talked to like one. I'm extremely familiar with the World Cup circuit and I know exactly what that means. Besides my question was never about DH skis and specifically made that clear that my question did not apply to GS, DH, or SG skis, until someone mentioned getting a GS like ski, and then I asked questions trying to educate myself more as to what that poster was talking about.
Do I want to MAYBE race Alpine one day? Well, it'd be nice a dream sure, but I'm 32 years old and not holding my breath. I really have no serious plans to be a racer, even though I think it would be cool to do a slalom course once in my life. But that is a long way off in my life. I seriously doubt it will ever actually happen. So no, this has really nothing to do with trying to just learn to be a racer and skip the whole learning to ski part. I'm WELL aware that is not how this sport works.
Right now, I want to LEARN to ski. Solid technique. And as I said, since I read that in a different genre of snow sports, learning of race level skis can be beneficial, I wondered if the same could potentially true in Alpine. I've already clearly articulated this in my original post so I don't know why I seem to have to articulate it all over again.
I've said multiple times I was never planning to teach myself to ski. I have always planned to take lessons, many lessons. I want good lessons, good teachers, and the best equipment at my disposal. So I simply asked COULD there be any value in this in relationship to Alpine skiing, like, according to one blog anyone, there is from Cross Country. It sparked a question in my head and came here to ask. If the answer is no, I am not bothered by this. And I don't see any indication in this thread where I have objected to be told no, it's a bad idea. It probably is, like I said, I don't know.
Everything in this post is in my original post. So I am not sure where all these questions are coming from.
I don't understand why this question has to such a dramatic issue. I am not trying to make it one, until several people decided to interject very insulting comments.