Originally Posted by Rich666
I don't believe it to be helpful in the long run (or at all) to equate inefficient equipment to a workout. The next step to that could be to ski with inefficient technique to get a workout. Also, one day is not going to provide any noticeable change to a person'r level of fitness.
What I do believe you are experiencing is that soft and less "responsive" skis will require more pronounced movements to produce the desired results. When transferring to a more responsive ski your muscle memory of pronounced movements from the soft skis will feel even more effective on the responsive ski.
Not trying to hijack the thread, but even though I lack experience, I'd have to agree with Rich. I bought a pair of GS cheaters. Never owned, or been on a pair before. I used them the last day I skied this season. What I discovered was, they were quicker edge to edge and I immediately noticed the skis had tails, or I guess you could say they were a lot harder to bend than my all mountains. I made 7 or 8 runs with them before putting them away at lunch time in favor of my all mountains. I guess I was more used to having to work harder with my more forgiving, less responsive all mountain skis. The race skis found an edge in the blink of an eye, and it's fair to say I wasn't prepared for that. I was continuing to try to horse them around like my all mountains. They weren't having any of that. They beat on my door and promptly announced their presence by saying, "YOU SUCK!!!" All sorts of technique flaws showed through. I didn't get the effective responsiveness that Rich was eluding to, but what he says makes perfect sense though. While using OLR with a cross-through transition, I ended up feeling blocked because I couldn't get the ski to bend, which made it difficult to shorten my inside leg. I switched to a cross over transition using ILE, and I kept feeling like I was going to hook an edge with my inside ski, and it affected my balance to some degree. Eventually, I started lifting my inside ski just to get it out of the way. Later, I settled down a bit and tried being more patient. I made a few decent turns, but couldn't achieve any real consistency. I know I have a lot to work out when next season starts. I curious if anyone else had a similar experience when switching from all mountains to race skis? If so, what did you do to work out the bugs? Or, if you care to weigh in on what I'm doing wrong based on my brief description, I'd certainly welcome any criticism.