Well the problem with the SX11's are that their prices are sky high. And even if my parents could afford them, they still wouldn't buy them since I agreed to only have one pair. And besides, I need them to be good slalom or GS racing skis as well.
As for the ice problem, some random guy I was riding with on the lift today said that he had seen me practicing with all the other ski teams, and asked why I was skidding so much. I told him I didn't know what he was talking about, unless he meant the ice. He didn't, then told me that I was skidding at the start of every single turn because it looked like I was using torsion. I asked him what was wrong with that, since my instructors had said that the amount of torsion I had used was fine. Then I realized that the skidding I was probably doing at the beginning of each turn was making me slip on the first place, and I told him that. He suggested I start rolling from edge to edge instead. So I did, and it felt great! I've never gone as fast, nor have I had such a smooth ride. And the skidding on ice has been reduced dramatically (though not enough that it's not a problem anymore, but I can adapt soon). Something that bothers me was that another guy told me that he had been watching me as well, and noted how I had improved so dramtically. I thanked him, and told him how I had gotten so much better. Turns out he's the coach of a nearby rival school's ski team. He gives me some advice and tells me that I shouldn't be leaning foward so much on my ski, and instead, balance the weight evenly over the entire length of the foot, the "sweet spot", so that I can use the entire length of the ski to turn. This didn't just apply to ice, but to all sorts of snow. I was kinda reluctant to try it at first (for good reason), then when I did, it was a completely new feeling. And by that, I meant neither good nor bad. Just, wierd. See, for all this time, I've been leaning on the front of my skis so much that I find myself on tippy toe sometimes going through a turn. This technique felt really smooth, but I felt like I was going a lot slower. I just wasn't as exhilirating. And as for the comment on racers, I love hardpack (not as much as powder though, because it's such a rare thing around here
) and will probably be loving ice as well as soon as I get the carving down, because they give me two of the things I love most in skiing: speed and agility (in this case, really deep carving). Dunno if this makes me a racer (not considering the skills) or not, but I'm guessing it's pretty close.
Whew. Comments or questions?