|Originally posted by CanSki:
I'm looking for a very good carving ski. I am looking for an agressive ski that's good at a variety of speeds.
I've been looking at the Dynastar 63 but I'm wondering if anyone has any comments or thoughts on the Speed Carve 63 vs Speed SX 63? Or, should I look at the SkiCross 9 or 10?
Maybe late for this to help but for what it's worth -- I've skied the Speed SX 63 2001/2002 model (the red one w/autodrive plates) @ 12-13 days this winter and it's phenomenal. I'm an advanced (not expert) new skier @41 yrs old -- these have brought me way along, I do ski very hard on them some time on steeps and icy east coast slopes. Good at controlled short radius turns but also can really rip if you want speed. I'm a lousy bump skier on ANYTHING so I can't say how these are in bumps, and haven't encountered enough powder to say. On the "variety of speeds" question they do fine -- I slow down and do intermediate trails with my kids and they're fine for that, but when I want to rip I can definitely be first down the black diamonds. I'm an enthusiastic newbie but - humbly - have consistently kept up with or outperformed all of my expert lifelong skier-friends on this ski. YMMV but I am very high on this ski -- and you can still pick up the 01/02 on ebay pretty cheap if cost is a factor.
My reference points, other than lousy rentals, are demos of Atomic 9.18 on a very icy day and Salomon Scream Pilot 8 on a packed pow day out west. Compared to the Atomic, even better on ice and better at speed. Seems more versatile. Compared to the Salomon -- a scalpel v. a butter knife.
As to the other Dynastar models ... compared to the Speed Carve 63 it's probably a tossup depending on how consistently aggressive you ski -- from your "variety of speeds" factor maybe these are better, I understand the Speed Carve 63 is more demanding. SkiCross series I don't really know, I think they're similar but w/a little more width at waist.