Originally Posted by Ryel
So tell me, how do you know that a ski is just plain wore out? They still tune up and wax well, ride easy if a bit soft and flexy. I bought a pair of Dynastar Limiteditioins last year and really enjoy the way they snap out of turns but anything over two inches of fresh snow and they dive all over the place. This year we have been getting over 12" daily so I really need to step up to a 90+ under foot ski. Do you like the Dynastar Legend or the softer K2? what are your thoughts?
AMAZING!!! Good on ya, Ryel! I sent those to you in 2003 as I recall, and I think you had them at the inaugural EpicSki Academy at Brighton that year.
I - meanwhile - have been though a $h!tload of skis (don't make me count, I don't have that many fingers and toes). In fact, today at line up at Smuggs, the director of the alpine program gave me a lecture about the number of times I change skis. He says that I could be a better skier if I stuck to olne pair of skis and focused on technique. While I agree that focus on technique is a good thing, I disagree completely that my prgress is in any way hampered by using different skis.
My current new girl friend is Volkl Mantra in 170 cm length, 133-96-116 w/turn radius nominally at 20.3 in the 177 cm length. I am amazed at how well they carve, of all things. Tried them through some of the remaining ungroomed, and of course they blast right through it. I also gave a level 4 lesson on them - well DOG MY CATS!!! They worked, even at the slower speeds required for that level! All a big surprise to me, since I'd never have believed I would be happy with skis that wide. Tomorrow I'll take them to Mad River Glen. These are demo skis, not skis I own - yet. More later - let me ride them at MRG first.
I haven't tried skis that wide from the other manufacturers yet - whether I'll get that far or not, can't yet say.
Many happy (re)turns, Ryel. When will we ski together again?