Went to Mammoth for a ski trip this past week. I brought my quiver of AC4. Gotomas and for giggles my old Rossi CUT11.5(the fore runner of Bandits). The Rossis are huge at 193cm. Well, the weird thing is I loved em for the hard snow both groomed and off piste. Held an edge much better than the AC4's which are 05-06 models in a 184. It's hard to describe but with the Rossi's I could push on them and they would push back telling me what was going on. They would talk back. With the AC4's no such coversation. The AC4's were easier to turn(not unexpected) but there was no sense of teamwork. They would wash out unexpectedly. In the parking lot flex test(admittingly unscientific) the Rossi's were much much stiffer. I ended up skiing on the Rossi's the whole time. I kept trying the AC4's out of sheer disbelief that they weren't working. I'm a clydesdale weighing 235 with all my stuff on. Been skiing for 40 years, like to go fast, like to make 3 turns where others would make 6, avoid moguls like the plague, ski mostly wide open areas like the top of Mammoth and Kirkwood. If it's white and I can go downhill I'm happy. My question now is , Is there anything like my old Rossi's. They are 115 tip 85 waist don't know the tail. They felt like a wide GS ski with just enough side cut to carve if need be on groomed runs.
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3/9/07 at 7:43am