I had the pleasure of volunteering for the Olympic speed events and Paralympic alpine events at Snowbasin, Utah. As chief of the Slip-Crew
it made sense to me to break out my straight skis; I was much more effective going sideways on my 210 Volkl Dream Skis
- a limited production ski from the mid-eighties, with a hand-painted Bavarian graphic - than on my 183 GS racing skis. To say nothing of the odd looks I got.
As for skiing on straight skis - like many others that have posted before me - I can still turn 'em today, as I did for more than 30 years before shape skis made their appearance. I will, however, agree that very few (none?) of the contemporary skis glide like a long straight ski when you're going Mach 9, but that is a very small aspect of my skiing. I still have my 218's and 223's for those special moments.
The question is: why would I want
to ski straight skis? Sure, I could go golfing my dad's clubs, like I used to. And I could also play tennis with my wooden Wilson Kramer Pro-Staff from the late seventies. But why would I!!
Oversize tennis racquets have made tennis easier (a relative term in this context) and more fun
. Cavity-back irons and over-sized woods are more forgiving (a likewise relative term) and thus have made golf more fun
I don't want to say that because it works for me that it should work for everyone, but I am having more fun
skiing today than I have in all my years of skiing. I attribute the majority of this pleasure to the latest generation of skis on the market.
I've said it here before, all you so-called purists
are welcome to stay on straight skis. As long as you're having fun. I know I am.
So why don't one of you purists
buy my 195 Rossignol 9S's? They're still new in the box and I'll ship them to the lower 48 for $125. And don't tell me they're not straight enough! Oh sorry, this isn't the Swap forum. Sue me [img]tongue.gif[/img][ December 14, 2002, 07:11 PM: Message edited by: IG ]