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I think this means I am officially old or a wuss (or both)

post #1 of 16
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So, from what I gather, the Rossignol Zenith Z10 is generally regarded as a somewhat plain vanilla 70/30 offering.  But, here's the deal.  I skied them as a demo just this last week (in the 170 cm length) and I didn't want to bring them back.  I loved them.

 

My "everyday" skis are Volkl AC3's.  And I was planning on getting a pair of the AC50's during the blowouts offered this time of the year, but I demoed those too . . . and I HATED them.  They weren't fun.  I felt like I was fighting them the whole time (and they fought back).  They didn't feel great on hardpack, on slush, in crud, nothing.  Just felt like I had to work them in every condition I encountered.  The Z10's, on the other hand, just felt like I was on autopilot the whole time.

 

Now, I don't consider myself the reincarnation of Jean Claude Killy, but I did think of myself as a fairly decent skier.  However, my new-found affection for a groomer ski makes me wonder if I am just turning into a big wussy baby or if I am just getting old. 

 

It just makes me feel kind of icky that I liked that ski so much (kind of like catching yourself singing along to some crappy Hanson song).  

 

Oh well.  If you someone on the hill on a pair of Rossi Z10's, zooming a groomer, sucking applesauce from a Camelback, just give me a howdy. 

post #2 of 16

Lol I don't ski rossi's, but i Love skiing groomers, its my favorite skiing. don't get me wrong i love powder too, but i live out east and most of what we get is groomed right away to pack it and save it. So we either have ice, or groomed ice...i prefer my ice groomed...I guess i'm a wuss, but there is nothing quite like ripping down you favorite rolling trail ripping gs turns and then looking back and seeing only your tracks in that nice fresh cordoroy

post #3 of 16

Just goes to show how ski reviews by uber-skiers and expert wannabees would have you think you're not a great skier unless you can handle the latest Herminator model (sad to say, but it's even pretty widespread in this forum).  You're not alone, I fall pray to this trap all the time (130lbs., a Napoleon complex, 40 yrs. of skiing and I still seem to forget that what Bodie skis ain't good for me).  Last I checked:

  1. Skiing's about having the "right" gear for you to maximize your enjoyment, not about having gear folks will drool over (though some seem to act like the latter is the point).
  2. People only care what your're skiing on after they see how well you ski (or wonder why you're on what you're on after they see how poorly you ski).
  3. Most of the time conversations about ski gear (even though I am the first to admit that I enjoy them) are one of the things I do to pass the time on the chairlift (or what I do while avoiding what I'm really supposed to be doing).

Excuse me while a make dinner for the wife and me....

post #4 of 16

If it works for you...that's all that matters.  I do think we fuss so much sometimes with the gear that it gets away from the main idea..which is to have fun.  I have learned that skis and gear are a personal choice and people just have to figure out what works for them.  If the z-10s rock for you and you're having fun out there...then have fun without apology.  I like to chat about gear and discuss tradeoffs but I know what I like is not going to be what everyone else likes.  I think its cool...suck that applesauce and rock those z-10s on the groomers!

post #5 of 16

Call me old if you want...I'm OK with that...but I love my Z9's. (176cm) 

They don't seem to get much credit but I think the are an excellent ski and a lot of fun to ski.

From hard charging waist deep powder two weeks ago to screaming groomers yesterday, they do everything I want/need them to do.  Maybe not as good in the powder as fat skis but they more then make up for it on the groomers.

 

post #6 of 16

Picture yourself on a warm sunny day gliding down the slopes with the wind in your hair and a smile on your face. Not a care in the world. Works for me. 

post #7 of 16

Well, I agree with your assessment of the AC50s -- wasn't impressed myself.  If you liked the Rossis, that much, jump on them!  It's always nice to fall in love with a pair of skis. 

post #8 of 16

Before you stop demoing, try the Blizzard 8.7.

It gives you all the good stuff of an AC50 but without the fight.

 

 

post #9 of 16

Somebody a Rossie seems to have gotten the message. Like many others  They were making very bland boring skis.  I was never a big fan of the B2 B3 or B4 . They were OK just dead feeling and lifeless.  I did rather like the Graphics on them.

  The new offerings are rather nice. I have had the opportunity to try out a couple with wood core,  side wall construction with a cap and nice profiles.  Give the sc 80 and the sc 97 a demo.  The 97 would make a pretty good go to ski for most Utah conditions.

  I still ned to get my hands on some blizzards.   They also seem to be also doing something right. 

 

post #10 of 16

People make fun of my skis fairly often, calling them noodles, obsolete, for old men, etc., but what is important is how they feel under me, and what I can do on them.

 

 

post #11 of 16

With the Uber name like Volantaddict people make fun of your skis?  

 Now I have to say one of the best ever crud skis was the volant Chubb.  It was so smooth, like a battelship in heavy seas. There are days I wish I had never sold my old Chubbs

post #12 of 16

Here's my motto.

It doesn't matter what you ski, or where you ski it.

As long as you ski it with pleasure.

 

Mike

post #13 of 16
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Originally Posted by Trekchick View Post

 

Before you stop demoing, try the Blizzard 8.7.

It gives you all the good stuff of an AC50 but without the fight.

 

 

D'oh!  Too late.  I got the Z10's (and a free case of Geritol with it--weird).  I wanted to demo the Blizzards, but they were a little tough to find on short notice.  I was acting capriciously, despite my advanced age.
 

post #14 of 16

The AC50s are a stiff and demanding ski, and IMO not a good choice for an everyday ski unless you are big and/or a very agressive skier.  Some skis are great for that 30% of the time when you are really on, but are way too much work the rest of the time.  I think the AC50s fall in that category for many of us. Skiing is not suppose to be hard work.  Consider yourself lucky to have found a ski that puts such a big smile on your face.  With age comes a lot of things, including wisdom and the realization that it does not make sense to make life any harder than it has to be.

post #15 of 16

 

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Originally Posted by pcskier View Post

 

It just makes me feel kind of icky that I liked that ski so much (kind of like catching yourself singing along to some crappy Hanson song).  

 

If you want to make yourself feel better, go read Ski Canada or Ski Press World reviews of the various Rossi skis over the years. Canadians seem to like them a lot better than we do at Epic. So do some serious skiers stateside; I rode up with a patroller who is, yes, a dreaded tester for various mags including Skiing and Backcountry. Was going to Utah soon for next season's equipment tests. His idea of fun was to go camp, skin, and hike around the Chic Chocs in February. And he was skiing B3's, as were several of his fellow patrollers. I've seen plenty of high Z's and B3/83's on instructors and patrollers all over the west. Doesn't follow from fact that Rossi's can be skied by renters that Rossi's are mediocre. They just don't pound you into the ground if you scarve. Or need to get a stretcher down the hill. Difference.

 

Moral: Don't get fooled by the racer boy mentality around here, just go enjoy the sport. 

post #16 of 16

 

Quote:
Originally Posted by Trekchick View Post

 

Before you stop demoing, try the Blizzard 8.7.

It gives you all the good stuff of an AC50 but without the fight.

 

 

Note to OP: She's taped her credit cards together again and stopped taking her OCD meds. Ignore what she's raving about. Enjoy your Z's. 

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