Originally Posted by skyrocket101
The slalom skis are completely different skis that GS or freeride skis, the way they build is to be short and have a good edge grip. I'm skiing in GS style, and the GS skis are good for any type of skiing: short or long turns on groomed slopes, except powder. Also GS skis are outstanding on the ice, because they have great edge grip.
On a truly icy day, I'll gladly take my slalom boards out before my GS boards. They make a tighter turn shape and ergo allow more speed control.
If any modern ski in any reasonable length isn't holding on ice, its because it either:
-Isn't tuned properly.
Hell, I'm 210lbs, and I can ski the 165-170 GS skis with plenty of edge grip left over. High speed pointability and tracking are a different thing.
|Also I don't really believe in the theory to buy shorter skis. I was looking for ski boots a couple years ago and was told not to buy big boots. Ski store (REI) measured my foot; I'm size 11.5, but usually wear size 12. So I purchased 11.5 because they told me that the liners would stretch. After skiing with sour feet for 2 seasons I gave up, brought them back and exchanged them for size 12.
You need to find a good bootfitter. Your boots, like most skiers', are too big.
What kind of shoes are you talking about, that you wear an 11.5? My street shoes are 10/10.5, and my skiboots 8/8.5. They fit comfortably.