There are quite a lot of good deals out there now for prior season race skis, which got me thinking about equipment again.
About me: 37 y/o, 5'8", 149lbs, slim athletic build. The upcoming season will be my 3rd year training / racing masters.
During my first season, I trained on the Rossi E-ST 162cm. I felt that it was a great ski for a newbie masters racer. During my second season, I moved up to the Rossi FIS SL at 165cm. It was a pretty steep learning curve but I felt like I handled it well OUTSIDE the course - i.e. during free skiing and drills. In the course I am not consistent enough - the feedback I got was that I tend to turn in too late. Stuff were happening really fast in my mind and I am not at the point of reacting with muscle memory yet.
So, I am thinking... would I be better off with a 157/158cm FIS SL? Some pretty good deals out there right now. I am still building my foundation skills. I think I can certainly benefit from a shorter ski that may slow things down a bit in my mind - turn in easier and quicker, easier to slide / pivot out of trouble, etc. But, maybe I should stick with what I have, 165cm FIS SL, just force myself to learn on that.