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Volkl Supersport 6 star

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Understanding that these skis are beyond my current capabilities to use to their full potential (I am 6', 170lbs, level 5-6), I recently had an incredible opportunity to purchase this ski in 175cm with the 1200 piston motion binding at a greatly reduced price. I already own some great and comfortable boots (Lange L8).

My question is whether it is possible to enjoy this ski although I know that I cannot use its full potential given my present abilities? My plan is to take more lessons this February in Steamboat and have as much fun on the ski as I can (knowing that I could sell it and still make money if need be).

Any wisdom (or opinions masquerading as such) or suggestions would be appreciated.
post #2 of 6
I suppose it is possible to enjoy this ski - especially if you don't know any better. But you risk developing poor skills that are often associated with skiers that ride on equipment which is beyond their capability. Back seat driving, unable to carve, unable to negotiate any terrain variations (such as bumps), are some of the symptoms you can expect.

You will eventually grow into this ski, but by that time you will probably want a different ski anyway. Unfortunately, if you develop any bad habits along the way, they will be difficult to get rid of later.

My suggestion is to think long and hard about buying a ski that 99% of skiers cannot handle properly. If however, you do decide to go for it, you should try to get a 161cm. That length will at least give you a fighting chance.

Good luck with the decision. [img]smile.gif[/img]
post #3 of 6
I ski the ski! I would not call myself and expert, but I am a strong and usually agressive skier. (I stay away from the bumps, personal choice). I have it in a 161cm. I have found it to be fun and responsive. I was on a 177cm Rossi Bandit before this ski. It took a few runs for me to get used to the differences with this ski, but now that I have I LOVE it. I have been out on it 5 times now in a variety of conditions and terrain and find that it has been great in all but deep powder. I traded for my Rossi's that day. I haven't skied the glades with them (recent NE conditions have not allowed for this) and I have not taken them off piste. It's not really for off piste though.

EDIT NOTESI just noticed the LEVEL 5-6 in your write-up, go with the 4 or 5 star at most, you will be much happier. ALSO, consider a shorter length, they are much more fun!)

[ December 29, 2003, 01:26 PM: Message edited by: skierteach ]
post #4 of 6
You have too many stars on your new skis - in the absence of an eraser . . . :

And, as if that weren't enough, they're also too long. I would sell the 6 Stars and - depending on where you ski, how often you ski, etc. - look for one of the following Volkl models:

  • 4 Star Supersports in a 168</font>
  • AX2's in either a 163 or 170</font>
  • energY 320's in either a 163 or 170</font>
You'll be able to ski your 6 Stars; but when you're not on top of your game, they will not make your life any easier.
Buy less ski and spend your profits on a lesson. [img]graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img]

post #5 of 6
Come on If Melanie Griffith Skis on 6 Stars.
So should evereone!
Just think of it 6 stars and aspen ad a babys arm holding an apple!!!
post #6 of 6
The six star is the Porsche of skis out there this year... It is the fastest ski I have ever skied. But a good deal is really hard to pass up. So... Go for it and take some time and learn how to ski it well.

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