I did both races on my 182 Elan GSXs. For the Super-G, I think the Elans worked ok, although not sure though as I didn't have anything to compare them to.
For the downhill it was definitely pushing my fear factor to the limit to be on such a small ski going upwards of 70mph. Later, off course we used GPS to clock ourselves going 90+mph. Thank god I didn't crash! Anyway, those two experiences convinced me that it was time to invest in a serious speed ski. I'd previously held off because I was so new to racing and given how few speed events are held I wasn't sure if I could justify the investment.
There are other Super-Gs held in the Far West at Squaw, Mt. Rose, and Northstar. But those courses are turny and a lot of people get away with using their GS skis or a slightly longer GS ski on those courses. So given my still newbie status I would probably still stick with my GS ski. So I expect to use my speed ski primarily on Mammoth's Super G and Downhill courses.
With that in mind, is there a particular length that people would recommend? Based on the very little I know, I'm thinking going with a Super G ski in the 202-205 range. It would be nice to have the option of taking this ski out on occassionally for free skiing.
Question: besides sidecut & length what differences if any exist between a race stock Super G and Downhill ski?
A buddy of mine who's getting faster times than me skied a 215 atomic downhill ski and couldn't get it up on edge. This is leading me to believe that size ski might be too much for me. The other reason I'm leaning towards a Super G ski is for better turning capability. I feel like I could benefit from all the help I can get in this department.
Stats: 34 yrs old, 176, 6'0. This is my third season racing Masters, although I've been skiing since I was 7.