Originally Posted by elkam
Looking for a 2nd pair of Ski to provide
1) stability at high-speed GS turns on groomed (usage 40%)
2) good performance in powder and crud (usage 60%)
I own a pair of Rossi 9S in 165cm and will keep them anyway for days without fresh snow and busy slopes.
I'm a Level 9-10 skier, weight 70kg, size 180cm, skiing in Switzerland and Austria mainly.
Had in mind something like the Voelkl Unlimited AC4, Rossi Bandit B3 or Voelkl 6Star, minimum length 180cm.
Do you have any other advice and which skies would you perfer for what reason?
Thanks in advance!
I also don't think the 6-star is a versatile ski. It is more of a hard snow ski that, while different than the Rossi, will accomplish the same thing. You need more of a midfat.
Skis are getting so good these days that you can get very solid hard-snow performance with the right midfat ski. The good hard-snow midfats are typically torsionally stiffer and more stable than some of the softer midfats (K2 Recon a good example of a "forgiving" midfat) but they do almost as well as race skis at speed, on hard snow. The downside is that they may not be as forgiving as a K2 Recon or Dynastar 8000, which is what one would expect. I think what you want is definitely available in a 75mm-ish waist ski. If you want a really want a bomber high-speed GS ski as well (most people won't need it, but some might), pick up a pair of used GS or racecarver boards. There are skis like the Atomic GS9 and Head i-Race that are great skis but not in high demand, therefore the price will be very good.
As SJ mentioned, the Chip 77 is a great do-everything ski that is suprising on hard snow. I skied the Magfire 10 on hard snow last spring (very un-Northwest-like conditions for early Feb, but par for the course last season) and the pair I had was a great hard-snow carver. It isn't real GS-like though, but it handled crud well. SJ's pair may have had a poor tune (our regional Elan rep always has his skis in pristine condition-they ALWAYS seem to perform). The best "mid-fat" ski that I have used on hard snow to date (for my preference at least) is the Elan Magfire 12. That thing feels like a GS on hard-snow sweepers. The tail is quite stiff, and it really powers you from turn to turn. A friend of mine, who is a strong level 9 with a racing background (he raced as a kid up through college) loves that ski. He describes it as very stable, smooth, and super energetic-a ski that can plow through crud at any speed and that he can load up the tail on, just like a race ski. If I was going to buy a GS-like mid-fat and hard snow performance was of high importance, that would be at the very top of my list.