6* Live Up to Rep
Originally Posted by Cirquerider
Aleph, good review. I sometimes come off here as a short ski advocate, and really thats not true. I have traditionally skied much longer boards. With the 6* the shorter ski simply imposed no compromise in what I wanted to do. Going with the advise to ski the shortest ski that feels stable at the fastest speed you want, this ski has no real speed limits at a short length, and can easily open up to high speed GS turns without feeling twitchy. In fact, I can drive it harder than my pair of 186 cm Dynastar 4X4. The shorter length remains the better option here for trees, tight narrow steeps and bumps; i.e. the conditions where you typically don't open it up to big sweeping carves, but need a responsive ski.
Anyway, I am more of a short ski advocate than I was before buying these, and can even understand the skiers on the Metron B5 in very short lengths. At the same time, we have to remember that there are relatively few skis out there that ski this long, in such a short length. The advise to go short on 6* or B5 does not carry over to most other skis.
Cirque, you are absolutely correct. The "shorter-the-better" argument doesn't pan out with most other skis I've demoed. The 6* are built right!
But I continue to test them on weird terrain. For example, I spent Easter weekend hiking Mt. Washington in N.H. and skiing Tuckerman's Ravine. My one complaint about the Volkls? They are heavy to have to carry straight up the bowl at Tuck's! But the skis performed extraordinarily well in the upper snowfields below the summit and rocked my world on the headwall! Actaully, the skis were better than I was. I tried to slalom a narrow chute between rocks, lost a ski and tumbled, then slid down the center of the bowl. The ski patrol thought I had broken my collar bones. But no. I was so angry at losing my brand new ski that I kicked my toes into the bowl and ascended again. A fine young lady was able to grab my wedged ski from the chute and get it to me about halfway up the wall. So I climbed the rest of the way, remounted and managed a much more graceful descent.
The weather was absolutely perfect both Saturday and Sunday, the food at Pinkham Lodge was great and thanks to all the wonderful skiers out there! One of the best times I've had all year.
Jay Peak next week! Joe