Originally Posted by bigndude
Highway Star, I have been on race stock skis, and have bent hard ones pretty easily. I just dont see the need for some people to spend money on things like that for high school racing. Your idea of high school racing must be very different from my idea. The high school racing I know is more fun based, and less go and get the lowest times in history by using 100 bux of wax.
And as far as our courses are concerned, there are tons of people using race stock slalom skis for it, in length of 155-165. A full blown G.S. ski on this course would kill you. period. You need a ski with a 12-14m radius. For this kid he needs to tell us how competitive his high school racing is, and in which state (since that might help identify the type of hill.)
My high school racing was on a 5-600 foot vertical course. About 3/4 of Bousquet in Pittsfield MA. Fairly steep at the top gradually flattening out at the end. GS courses were about 30 seconds, SL about 45. This was in the mid 90's. All decent racers were on 2 different skis back then, and they still are today, from the kids I see training there. We had more than enough pitch to hit 40+ mph in GS coming off the face, and GS suits were important for speed in GS. I pre-released one time midway through a GS run, and went down.....slid a long ways. I ski the area every year when I'm home for the holidays, and the trail has enough pitch to get a pair of 218 cm, ~40m radius Volkl DH boards up to 60+ mph and turning very effectively for a few turns.....ditto for my 201cm stockli asteriods, 192 stockli 1st gen stormriders, and pretty much anything else, including all GS skis.
All the top racers back then were doing tri-state or whatever...two full days of training on weekends and regonal races. They all had proper gear. School teams were competitive with each other. Of course the majority of kids out there were doing it for fun, and not serious racers.
So, you guys must be on a pretty tiny hill or the guys setting your courses are just dumb and are setting too tight. Or you can't turn.