I recently went to Utah and skied Deer Valley for 4 days in the most amazing snow covering I have skied in years. That being said I rented for all 4 days, the first two were on Salomon Hot ~180 and I wasn't impressed with them, I guess because I had reserved the AC3's for all 4 days and they were not available the first two days. However, on the third day I exchanged out for the Volkl AC3's in the 184 CM length and the last two days was a different experience. I was skiing with my Cousin David and we explored the mountain together, skiing groomed to mogul fields, Blues to double blacks, Glade areas (in the trees), bowls and the Daily Chutes, going OB in untracked almost knee deep powder.
Wow what a difference, the AC3's were excellent, they were light and quick to respond, torsionally stiff always grabbing on the hard pack, always felt like they were part of my legs like the skies were part of me. I never had such and experience on skies before.
Dropping into the Chutes, and hop turning was a breeze as the skies were so light. Turning in the groomed could be soft and gradual, or quick and snappy when aggressively kneeing into the tong of your boots while skiing the fall line.
The skies just kept taking what I threw at them . . . when in the trees, my cousin David filmed me from down below as I picked a narrow line with trees tightly positioned. One wrong move and Wham, a tree could drop you down. The AC3's handled like a sports car, driving through a series of chicanes, they never let me down and gracefully floated me through those white & Gray Birch trees.
I'm currently in the market for skies, and I want to purchase the AC3's after having one of the most amazing experiences on skies. If you find a deal on these take them and also let me know as I'm starting to look for a good package price.
Final note, the conditions were probably the best I've ever skied in, the experience may have been heightened because of this, However in comparison to the Salomon Hots I'd like to think it was all because of the Volkl AC3 skies.
Cousin Johnny Sax