Originally Posted by Billd
Yeah I graduated in 96 and that was the last year I raced. After that I didn't have any money and so I just bought a pair of shit used demo skis which probably contributed to my lack of interest in skiing.
Listen I'm not saying I'm Bode Miller, but I was the #2 guy on my college team, we weren't the best team out there but I'm a strong skier, but I just don't have *any* experience with this new equipment. Back in the day you never had to think about sidecuts, etc. You just picked up the sick new Atomic GS or SL ski in a 200cm+ length and went with it. Actually my SL skis were 197s I think. GS I used around a 207. LOL.
Ok, see that's the kind of info you need to give.
I graduated high school in '96, and that was the end of my racing career. I was skiing on salomons, which had more sidecut than most those days. I could do a semi-carved SL turn on them on a steep trail, with some fore-aft weighting. I kept freesking my slalom race skis for several years after that, and it worked for me, though I did pick up a set of sidecut GS boards around 98-ish.. I skied on (demo'd) early shaped skis in January of '96 - scx's, ficher gs race, and k2 fours - that was when k2 4's were coming in as the big gs race thing. I found they were not hard to transition to, thoug I used alot of fore aft motion. I didn't start on sidecut freeskiing skis until about 4 years ago, and now I have fully transitioned. I still prefer a longer, heavier ski with less sidecut though.
Anyway, there are several thing that are going to throw you off when transitioning to these modern skis, here they are in importance:
1. Width. It will feel wierd as hell trying to put a 75mm wide ski up on edge, and horrible with a 90mm+ ski. The lack of leverage you have against the edge will fight you, you really have to work against it. It can be done though, and once you get used to it, you find that you can carve high angle turns on variable snow with no problem, no boot out. The other issue is that when trying to make a carved/skidded old school SL turn on a wide ski, you can't do it at a very high edge angle since the ski is just going to fight you - the binding is going to allow alot of lateral movement at the boot, and the ski is going to chatter - grip/release. Turns like that are better done at low edge angles, you're better off really angulating and bending the ski into a carve if you have the speed for it.
2. Length. If you're used to a 207 gs board and a 200 cm SL, a 170 cm ski is just not going to cut it, period. 185+ cm is the proper length for someone of your size, in any freeskiing ski, except for slalom carvers.....but those are not versitle.
3. Flex. All these skis are much much softer than old atomics, even the "stiff" ones. You'll be able to bend them like a noodle.
4. Sidecut. A big gs (25-30 m) sidecut is going to feel like a ton of sidecut to you, but you'll have no problem adjusting to it. GS carves will be super easy to get the hang of, but short semi-carved turns will feel a little squirrely. They will fell hooky in bumps. A tight GS (~20m) freesking sidecut will feel even more so, but it's probably worth going for and getting used to. A sl sidecut under 15m is going to feel like crap to you - SUPER hooky in bumps and you'll feel really weird when not carving it.
My friend was shopping for boards reacently - he's your size but doesn't have the race background, though is a decent skier. He was on 195 x-screams for a few seasons (68mm width, 22m sidecut). He demoed some 75mm wide salomon scream hots', but did not like the width, for the reasons I discussed above - chattery when making a short turn on steeps. I had him pick up a pair of 194 stockli stormrider fry's on closeout on ebay for $290:http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...5144 022&rd=1
73mm width (which I think he'll be able to adapt to easy enough), and 26m sidecut, which will be great in steeps and bumps, but still carve GS turns at speed. Fast skis, and an awesome feel to them. We'll get a set of light Look turntable bindings on there for him, and the whole setup will still be pretty light and easy to whip around in bumps and trees. Not too new school though, ha.