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Elan SLX

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Spent a day skiing on the Elan SLX at Mount Snow. Brand new 2005 skis with Tyrolia Railflex HD14 bindings.

weight: 205 lbs
Height: 6'1"
years skiing: 25-30
experience: B-team racer in college (15 years ago)
snow conditions: mostly loose granular on top of hard pack. Some hard and some soft moguls. spots of soft ice and some dirt/rocks on non-snowmaking trails. Typical eastern conditions.
Ski: Brand new 2005 Elan SLX in a 165 with Tyrolia HD14 and tuned by PTC

When I was in college, my preference for an all mountain ski was always a slalom ski. Found slalom ski's to be much more versatile then GS ski's. But that was then the standard slalom ski was a 197 and GS was 204. I felt like it was time to see what a modern slalom ski would do, so this is what I ended up purchasing.

I have spent the last several years skiing predominately on Slalom x-screams and volkl 6 stars with a smattering of time on various other skis. I like a ski that is smooth and likes to carve. The ski should naturally like to find it's edge when put up on it's side, but it should be controllable. One should be able to change the size of the arc for a given turn or even change the size of the arc in the middle of a turn. I can be more dynamic to get a tight radius turn, but I prefer the ski do the work rather then me.

so on to the review...

The first run was INTERESTING. This ski easily found its edge and railed a turn. It was frighteningly easy to lay down railroad tracks. To the point that I didn't know if I could do a skidded check turn with the ski. From my perspective, if you can't throw in a quick skidded turn, a ski is less versatile. also, a couple of times, the ski's rebound caught me in the back seat.

I was giggling with enoyment, but nervous that the ski would be too much for an all day ski.

After several more runs, I discovered my nervousnous was ill founded. The ski is very controllable being able to do really short radius carved turns, but also cranking out longer radius GS style turns with great aplomb. I could modify the radius of the turn at will and could even modify the turn trajectory in the middle of a turn. By the end of the day, had even experimented with the ski in mogusl and it did great. I had a great time (not to say that this is a mogul ski, it is not, but I had fun, so it couldn' t have been too bad).

After racing around all day, when I came around a corner and saw the banner for the NASTAR course, I couldn't resist. I haven't been in gates in probably 8-10 years. I did 4 runs and found myself able to consistently decrease the times each run. Started at silver medal handicap and was right at the point of cracking into Gold medal handicap range by the last run. I thought that was pretty good even with the rust on my gate skills.

Bottom line, can't say enough good things about this ski. I am not sure how versatile it is and not sure that I ever will find out. Only plan on bringing it out on days where the conditions make sense for a slalom ski. I would still prefer a good all mountain freeride ski in the trees or in powder. :-)
post #2 of 5
How did those Railflex's underfoot hold up? On the GSX's, they make the ski much more forgiving as a freeski.
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Thread Starter 

Re: Railflex bindings

I liked the bindings. Without trying the ski with other bindings, it's tough to say exactly what the effect of the railflex is. But the package of ski and binding rocked!!!! Exactly what I was looking for, so thanks for your advice!

Actually, come to think of it, I don't think I have ever skied the same ski with two different bindings. Has anyone? Maybe it's all just marketing and the binding doesn't matter? :-)
post #4 of 5
"But that was then the standard slalom ski was a 197 and GS was 204"

and the length of the elans?
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Thread Starter 
good point, i never did put that in the original post.

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