Originally Posted by HeluvaSkier
I retract this statement... they aren't full-on WC stock, but they are not the retail ski either.
I just read a bunch of posts in the thread, and not sure if you've cleared it up yet, but there were actually three GS skis put out by Dynastar that year.
1. The "retail" ski - Angular tip, and "cap" construction.
2. The race ski - Rounded tip, autodrive plate (plastic plate, built into the ski, with two aluminum "platforms" for the bindings to mount on), full "sandwich" construction.
3. The "Race Stock" ski - Rounded tip, full "floating" bolt-on plate (ie. not part of the ski), full sandwich construction.
Sounds like you have the mid-level version. The easiest way to distinguish between the two race skis are the plates. As mentioned above, the "autodrive" plate is built into the ski. I own a pair in 182cm. Pretty good little GS ski. Always held an edge well, and fairly easy to turn.
To echo the comments of many others on here, start easy. However, a lot of people will have been encouraging you to roll these babies on edge right away, with some slow speed rollerblade turns on flat terrain, but I would have to disagree. Unless the terrain is very flat, you're going to find yourself picking up too much speed, and doing that kind of exercise won't help you get a good feel for what you're going to need to do to turn the ski. You'll find you'll have a tendency to tip inside, especially as you start to pick up speed and you want the ski to turn more.
The easiest way to get used to longer / stiffer skis is to find a fairly flat slope, and slide around (ie. drifting, no carving, etc), get a feel for steering the ski, get a feel for your balance on the ski. Then go to a slightly steeper slope and try a few runs of short radius. Then go find your flat hill and start rolling them up on edge.
It sounds counter intuitive, but trust me, when you do start letting them rip, you'll find you have a lot more control.