just a little pet peeve
hey again xman, great new photos you put up this week, enjoyed em...
you have hit a real nerve here with me, I have lately grown tired of claims, usually by newbys of "I ski up to 75mph on my 193 volkl P40 racings and never had a problem" or something like that....garbage and pure crap
(I notice veteran bears never make these crazy claims!)...here are a couple of thoughts from me regarding speed in recreational skiing...
1/ anyone who has not participated in an elite racing program(mountain town high school, ncaa or us juniors) has never been over 60 mph on skis. Never. This incudes me. Check it with a radar gun....you are full of crap - shut it kids!!
-world cup super g top speed 60mph/70 tops...
-world cup downhill 80-90 mph tops on most courses....
-nastar pacesetter 45mph tops most courses
now I don't claim to be an expert(who would dare to claim such a thing here
?) tho I have been skiing over 40 yrs have a psia background and at one point or another could tackle most terrain here in the east including double blacks - I mean real double blacks....(age and terrain limitations have caught up with the old dog tho) - I have been over 40 mph on skis regularly, including last year - but barely....why is that? Because 40mph on a public ski slope is screaming and can quickly get your ticket pulled on most mountains ....what skis have I owned that could handle 40mph without wobbling? Rossignol 7gk 208cm, Olin RTS 205cm, Volkl Carver Ultra 191cm (all race or near race skis)and I hope and expect next years Volkl Allstar 168(tho I might have to adjust my technique a bit to accomodate the super shape)
Translation, for most folks a ski that tops out at 25 mph and gets squirrelly after that might be ok. Up to that speed limit for a lot of people works cause they will never ski faster than that. Or, it might make a great 2nd ski for the ski days with the family where you will never open it up....doesn't work for me cause I still like to go fast, really fast....like 40 MPH where and when it is safe to do so....55-75 MPH lets see the video!!!! Prove it speed freak newbies! (or shaddup)
Re why this is so(ski speed limits)....heluvaskier nailed the reason....usually a speed limit ski will be softer and more forgiving....often for a skier demanding a lower perfomance envelope and a less demanding ride....bottom line....demo where you can, try all the skis you think you might like....and make sure you have at least 2 pair
for different days and moods and speed limits
( I have 6 pair of skis actively skiing now - but I have G.A.S.)
Sorry for the slightly off topic rant....enjoy!