Originally Posted by Rick
Cool, Max, I'm glad to hear you're considering a GS ski. Free skiing on SL skis is for girly men.
Max, my new setup is the following:
Nordica Dobermann GSR
Raced college (USCSA = USSA-like sets, sometimes easier though), will probably race some Masters or possibly some USSA end of season points races if I have the time/money.
That said, get a real GS ski if you are serious about learning to really ski GS. Cheater skis, while fun, don't really teach you anything. If you can really ski GS you can probably take a ski like a Fischer WC RC and ski a slalom course with it and defintiely free ski some slalom-like arcs. Anything else and you are just riding the sidecut.
For you though, I think that skiing GS (predominantly for some time) would give you a slightly different outlook on skiing than what you currently have, so I think it would be good for you. GS will be a new feel for you and may require some new skills or movements to be adapted.
Personally, I love to freeski on GS skis. Often when there are crowds it just does not make sense because it can be dangerous going that fast around other people. When you have a trail to yourself and know the terrain on it well enough to open them up, they are worth it. When choosing a length go at least to a 180. A softer ski manufacturer like Rossignol (great GS ski for mortals BTW) builds GS skis that are very user friendly - even in the longest lengths. I skied a 185 a few seasons back and found that I wanted more ski when the terrain was rough or I was going fast. A ski like that would work very well for free skiing because they can handle not being pushed all the time. My older 182cm Elans and older 182cm Salomon LABs are like that as well. These Nordicas however... I think they are going to be an early morning and training ski...