Originally Posted by SKIFORFOOD
I am not stuck on having a race ski but if it is better thats ok. Double what do you mean by cheater ski????
There is some lack of clarity on the subject of "cheater skis" so below I've posted the attached FIS racing rules currently in effect. There will be further rule changes for 07-08. As regards SL skis, the only upcoming change relates to a minimum waist width of 63mm rather than the current 60mm waist minimum.
Currently the unwound length of a mens SL ski must be 165cm and for women 155cm. Thus, the Fischer RC4 WC SC would meet current and new rules at lengths of 165cm for men and 155cm for women and not be a "cheater ski". That is not to suggest that World Cup skiers are using that model. The FIS racers are very likely using the full bore race version of whatever slalom ski their sponsor produces and, in some cases, that which may be specially produced just for the racer him/herself.
The FIS has minimum turn radius rules as well as length minimums for GS skis. The FIS minimums are presently radius 21m and length 185cm for men. Thus, many recreational GS racing skis like the Fischer RC4 WC RC with a turn radius of 16m at 175cm do not conform to FIS rules. Even in its longest length, its radius would be less than 21m.
Most recreational race leagues in the USA don't observe FIS rules.
The Fischer RC4 WC RC and others with similar dimensions are very popular among many recreational racers racing on GS type courses.
The term "cheater ski" was first applied to wide powder skis by the "pencil ski" powder skiers a decade or so ago. Both terms were meant to be somewhat derogatory.
I'm not sure that the term "cheater ski" has any real application to recreational racing where the courses tend to be set turnier to keep speeds in check. For that reason, there is an advantage to a shorter turning radius ski. Plus, recreational racing skis like the WC RC are less demanding than full bore racers as HelluvaSkier points out.http://www.ussa.org/PublishingFolder...sequipment.pdf
BTW, I have the Fischer RC4 WC SC @ 160cm and 165cm and the WC RC @175cm. I like them all. The Fischer WC RC is more versatile than the WC SC but the WC SC is a great SL carver.