That was a bit of a cheap shot at the instructors and new schoolers out there. I'm sure mammoth is a hot bed for talent, and I can respect any good skier. My brother spent last winter out there, snowboarding.
On the short skis:
|It is really good for ones skiing to ski a short narrow shaped ski. It makes you a better skier. You would be amazed how sloppy you can get on steady diet of fats and mid fats.
Bingo...they are harder to ski on in many cases, but in a different way than a more traditional ski! It's sort of like the whole cd vs. vinyl thing....they fixed the problems with vinyl, but the cd has problems of it's own!
**Having some extra length lets the ski be softer, lighter and livelier, but still be stable at speed and over rough terrain.**
What's wrong with a little swing weight? I think this whole short thing is a ski industry scam to keep themselves afloat. They sold everybody nice sidecut skis a couple years ago, but now everybody needs to buy new skis because "shorter is better". HA! Ski *constructions* have not changed/improved THAT much in past 5 years. The majority of race stock skis are still hand made laminates, or at least laminates. The reason these commercial short skis can be short is that they are made stiff and very damp....that's not anything special.
I bought my 195 cm X-scream's last year after demoing many shorter, stiffer skis, some of which I liked, some of which were horrible. The x-scream's were just much better all around skis, that could do virtually anything, with fairly high limits, and telepathic ease. Rip fast GS turns on ice, fast gs on variable groomed snow, 60+ mph straight runs, bumps, trees, steeps, fresh wet snowmaking crap, jumping, powder, corn snow, crud, jump turns - I couldn't find anything the ski couldn't handle well. (I ski on the east coast)
I don't use a plate on them, just a Salomon race stock binding and bolt through lifter.
I got the stormriders this year as a compliment to the X-screams. They are heavier, damper, and have a plastic plate, but are also soft and have little (26m) sidecut. Same length.