I have the dilemna of being a freestyle coach that loves race skis. Of course, I don't coach on race skis, but I love to ski them when I am not coaching.
Originally Posted by PhilT
yes its fine. They won't be the best and don't hit rails if you still want to race on them. Landing switch is out too (you will def hook a tail) although taking off switch may be possible
If you ever decide you want to hit rails, you are best off getting some twins. Take a lesson and learn to ride flat rails keeping your skis flat. When you can do that, you will be able to go back to your race skis and not screw them up on rails. Keeping your race skis flat on flat rails will do no damage to them. If you cannot keep them flat or venture onto rails with pitch changes, you will dull the edges and/or screw up your bases.
Landing switch is another thing best learned on twins, but once you can do it, you should be able to do it on race skis as well. There certainly are a lot of people who learned to ski switch without twins. There are also a lot of people who learned to land switch without twins. The exception to that rule is when the snow gets deep - then you are asking for trouble. Skiing and landing switch on race skis is not really that big of a deal on groomers.
Originally Posted by BriKalSki
yes, you can attempt tricks with your racing skis. However, it's not going to be easy especially if you have racing plates making your skis much heavier.
This is an understatement. The weight thing really is an issue for spins.