Originally Posted by ellensdad
I don't ski a SL because it is easy to turn. I ski it because it performs SL turns better than the do it all skis. I spend most of my afternoons skiing Fischer WC RC's in 175 (16m). I don't see a point in picking up a new ski w/ a radius of ~15 that the RC's will most likely trounce. I am not looking for a do it all ski here.
Here's my point: Skiing a ski like that is not going to offer you much else. You can go down the hill all day long doing turns like that. For what you do, that ski is much easier to turn than others types.
It's a specialty ski that turns fast and is designed to run a course. There are varying degrees of performance in a SL ski but that's what they do. It seems to me that growth will be in the area of carving tighter turns than a GS ski would. The SLs are easier to turn and turn tighter.
If carving is number one priority, the Metron could be a great choice to get you through the crud and even the powder. I used to ski a SL ski and am glad to have changed to an all mountain. On the SLs I cranked tight turns all day and it was fun for a small mountain.