Great topic, as always, Lars! and I gotta love the opening, "This surely will spark a debate but . . ." You HOPE!! Glad you're still here Lars [folks, Lars and oboe go WAAAY back on EpicSki - but that's for another thread]. Anyway, the agreements and disagreements are:
(a) AGREE that a good lesson is better than any pair of skis, and a GREAT lesson is truly priceless. No ski is "good" when technigue is lacking. This last week, I skied wth a fellow Bear, and, I swear, I progressed more in that day than in the past ten years.
(b) Speaking for myself, but I expect also for several other mediocre skiers of this world, we are not aspiring to Stein Erikson status - we just want to get better, take on a bit more challenge, and enjoy the feeling while looking half decent. We're looking to avoid the skis that make that difficult, and to find the skis that feel best and help us the most.
(c) Having made a life mission out of testing the living begeesus out of every ski I can find, I say: Its amazing how different- to-ski the different models of skis can be - models, brands and types. Now, I KNOW you know this, old friend, because that was one of the original subjects we beat to death - you know darned well that your Rossi T-Power shorties and your Rossi [of course] Bandit XX's are both great, and as different as night is from day, almost. And do you remeber how I was so discouraged I was going to quit skiing . . . until Pierre, eh! pursuaded me to "go short". That led to my getting the Rossi T-Powers, that led to my staying in the sport, and THAT led to . . .
(d) The hunt for the perfect all around ski. Hey, the hunt is half the pleasure! I've learned lot in the search, and for skiers who enjoy such hunts, I highly recommend that they demo lots of models - to paraphrase that guy Ben Stein on TV, "they might learn something", too. But the truth is that my skiing HAS improved when using one model of skis, and has been worse and less pleasurable using another. I am convinced that the Dynastar Intuitiv 71 and the Salomon Crossmax Pilot 10 are two go everywhere, do everything skis. I tackled stuff on the Intuitiv 71 that has frustrated me in the past. It was not merely psychology, the ski acted DIFFERENTLY - for me. I trialed other models and lengths that day and had a means of comparison.
P.S. Don't worry about my wasting all those words, I have plenty remaining.
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