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Am I working too hard ?

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I'm kind of confused, and need help from the mass knowledge here.

I'm 45, in decent shape, and level 7. I've skiied since I was five. After a two year layoff (torn ACL, on a standup Jet Ski), I'm demoing equipment and trying to determine what to buy.

I have a set of XWave 8 Boots bought last year-the first boot fitting I've ever had that does not hurt at the end of the day.

I've been demoing skis trying to figure out what to get. Sadly, my knowlege is all "old school", so I have not much of a clue as to the new stuff.

This is not a "what to buy" question. Yesterday, I was at Bellayre in NY. Conditions were good man made, not the usual boilerplate or death cookies. I was on a set of Rossi b2's in a 165. I tend to go for flat blue/black, and go for speed. (My knees don't mogul well-I'm old)

Well, I was going at speed, and noticed I was working a lot in my GS style turns. Last year I was at bridger bowl, and borrowed some 190 length Rossi B3's. Now, this does not help, as you can't compare the western conditions to the Catskill Krud I normally ski, but the B3's were very happy in my normal tuck and follow the fall line-I didn't "fight" them to keep on track at speed. Indeed, the more I pushed the B3's the happer we all were.

A b-3 in the east, though, is like a 18 wheeler in Midtown Manhattan, so that's not the answer for the Catskills.

Having demo-ed Salmon 8's last year, in the same "great man made" conditions, I didn't work much except that the skis had a very low speed limit, and were not very directional at full speed-fall line.

I have learned that if you are fighting the equipment you are doing it wrong-Is this a technique question or am I demoing the wrong skis ? I would like a high speed cruiser with stability which will still turn...or (in a Monty Python accent) "do I Seek the Grail" ?

Or, is it me ? I'm going to pay a pro for a real lesson when I get out to Bridger Bowl in two weeks, but would like to hear from the board.

Thanks !
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Follow Up

I also skied two weeks ago, on a set of Vokyl SC5's-I liked them better than the B2's , but conditions were too spotty to get much real speed up.
post #3 of 5
Most of the GS race skis are very solid at high speed but at the same time they're soft in the shovel. This means they're turnable in high radius turns without all that much pressure (assuming you keep your weight forward), but at the same time, they're steady as rocks. Also, they're very well dampened.

I love my Fischer 185s. Many of my friends say the same about their Volkl Racetigers and Atomic 12 series. For freeskiing though, I'd probably prefer a 173 or 178, but that depends on your size and weight.

Also, you can buy last year's stock that didn't sell for about 400 a pair.
post #4 of 5
speedlaw, RicB and nolo both teach at Bridger. I'd suggest setting something up with one of them even before you get there.

That said, what were you "working a lot?" You can pull a lot of Gs in a solid GS style turn, so that can be an effort. But, you may be talking about something completely different. So... what were you experiencing?
post #5 of 5
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Thanks, I'll check them out. My sister in law is friendly with someone in management at BB, so we have an "in". <img>

What I think I mean here is while in the GS turn, I'm working too much to keep the skis in line. I'm thinking more of a rollerblade or ice skate, where the ski would hook a bit more, slide a bit less.

Stiffer or longer (the skis of course) might make a difference. In my old school way, I'm looking for a steady GS-freight train, not a slalom butterfly.
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