Friends, after several years off the slopes, I came back last year. I had to replace the Volkl's that I had bought more than ten years ago. Because I was so happy with them, I researched and bought a pair of Supersport 6's in a 175 length. I brought them out west for a family vacation to Whistler and spent four days with an instructer in their Epic ski program (their level 5), basically unlearning 40 years of Hans Schneider technique. I did ok, but not great. I am a strong and experienced skiier, and felt that I could make the transition with out difficulty. And I certainly understood what the instructer was saying, but had a very diifcult time laying it down. Contrary to what I had heard about shaped skiis in general, I found the Volkls required a great deal of effort to initiate turns. Frankly, they were exhilarating on those long fast runs, but enormously tiring overall, especially with close quarter turns. I have had the same experience this year as well. I love the way these skiis track, and when I get it right, I can flatten that outside ski and carve a beautiful turn. But it takes a great deal of energy which takes a lot of the fun out of it by the end of the day. I find that as I tire, I end up turning less which leaves me skiing faster than I care to. I am afraid that I probably bit off more than I can chew for my first pair of shaped skiis. My Whistler instructor suggested that they might be too stiff for my height and weight (5'9 175lbs), or simply not right for my skiing style. He was right. So I am looking for a replacement. I'd like a ski that is easier to initiate and flatten, and would respond to more subtle weight changes and ankle movements, but one that has the tenacious grip and solid tracking of the 6's. What would you all suggest for models and sizes? I am headed to Killington this weekend and plan to do the demo thing. Thanks for all your replies.
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2/14/05 at 9:18am