Best Slalom skis?
New to forum, and just read this thread. My .02. I was advised when I first started racing Masters (12 years ago) that when you buy your race skis (still looking for sponsor, hah) that unless you're at World Cup fitness levels (i.e. can squat between 400-550 lbs, etc) then be careful buying true men's WC race boards. For example, it was discussed about Benni Raich's skis. They are a unique wood core flat top (SL) not Beta ski, specifically made to his specs. In fact most top 15 WC skiers have their skis made for them specifically. As another aside, this years women's WC slalom champion (Tanya Poutiainen) won on Volkl skis. So much for that brands' inconsistency. Also Manfred Pranger (Austria) did pretty well on Volkl's. Most ski ompanies are making and distributing a WC race stock ski, in either GS or SL, and to get DH's or SG's you'll most likely get a race stock ski. Understand this, that even though they are true race stock, they're still not what's really on the WC, unless you get the skis directly from that racer. As for the best, I believe it's a matter of your personal skills and size, and to truely find what is best for you is a matter of personal preference, but, for the most part, whatever ski you do choose, rest assured it is a quality ski if it is a race stock version. Personally,I like race stock Dynastars and Fischers for the tech events, and Atomic and Nordica for the speed events. One more quick aside. I was riding the chair with a good friend and exceptional Master's racer, Pepi Neubauer, and he told me, he once tried skiing on a pair of Herman Meier's GS skis and said he couldn't turn them, they were too stiff. He, Pepi, skis on the the blue (women's WC) Atomic LT-11 GS ski. LT btw stands for Long Turn. They, Atomic, also make a blue ST-11, which is the slalom (ST - short turn). Just MHO> Thanks for the great forum.