Stockli feedbackI have been a Stockli skier for five years, having come off of Rossi, Volant, Volkl, Atomic and Dynastar. At the time I was an intermediate+, and the Stockli skis have moved me to a solid expert and Masters racer (5 h/c NASTAR, upper third Masters results). All Stocklis ask a few things of the skier: stay balanced and centered, look ahead, don't panic in tight or gnarly spots, and tip 'em & rip 'em. They are not nearly as hard to ski as their reputation implies, and are very supple--they rebound nicely after a smooth progressive flex. There is no better edge grip in their race skis, and their XL line can do it all. There is no more trustworthy ski when headed for steep and deep, chunky, death cookies, late day chop, etc. When headed for bad terrain, just plan to turn as normal and the skis take you through with minimal deflection.
I am 47 years old (wow, when did that happen!!), 5-11, 210, very strong athletically and now a good skier overall. Once you demo Stockli, you may find as I did that from race skis to all mountain to freeride, they become your trusted friend, willing accomplice, and set of tools that make your better with each day on snow. Swiss design and craftsmanship at its best.