Originally Posted by skiingman
sfdean, he is referring to the race room skis, which you too can purchase at retail in many places.
Of course, you probably wouldn't want to....they are no fun at all.
I've actually gone in the other direction this year. In farwest racing association club racing, we don't have to be FIS-legal. I love my retail Atomic GS 11.21s, and they are definitely a fun ski (for me) that's locked in stable at speed. But after a day on slalom skis they seem pretty unresponsive. And rather than just work on my backhand (stay forward when it gets steeper, hip closer to snow, faster transition, more consistently early line) this year I bought a new racquet: The SX:11, with its 18 meter sidecut in the 180 cm length. Just picked them up from the shop last night, having gotten bindings mounted.
My thinking was (1) they'll be less different from my slalom ski than my 11.21s, and skiing too few ski days and going from a league slalom race on Saturday to a GS race on Sunday, making the transition a little less jarring is probably a good thing; (2) a couple of masters racers who also turned up at the Nastar nationals last year were skiing on SX:11s and said they were faster in less challenging courses and a lot easier to ski on than FIS-legal GS skis--it's all about carving the turns, not carrying maximum speed between them.
I'll have to see how they are on the hill, but there is a certain sheepish admission in the ski change, acknowledging that I don't use the 11.21s in the optimal way. (But then, there's been a considerable amount of timing data, and even some videotape, over the years to document that....)