That'll work. I'd say hard snow will bring out the best, but just go ski them wherever, you might be surprised. Slalom skis have a lot of sidecut and pretty fat tips, so they're actually not bad in powder, and I like SL skis in the bumps. I have two pairs of race stock Atomic 165 SLs (one last year's, one this year's with the D2..) and I mostly keep them for training, racing, and free skiing on clean, hard snow because I don't want to take a chance on hitting a rock. But they'll do fine in a range of conditions. I also have...get this...a pair of 165 Dynamic VR17 slaloms, and no, I don't mean the old school skis, these were actually made in 2005 by Atomic and branded Dynamic. They were selling for something like $70 a pair at Gart's two seasons ago, and I should have gotten two or three pairs. They're not really beefy enough for running gates, but they're fairly soft and have a really fat tip, with an 11 meter radius, and they're a stoned groove for a go anywhere ski.
Having said all that...I Strongly Advise you to save your money and make your next skis GSs. A 185 GS ski with a 27 m radius, is, I agree, a huge ski for most of us, even in a course. I got two pairs of race stock Atomic GSs last year, 186 cm, 27 meter sidecut, and they were just too much for me. I could actually get them through a full length Masters training course, but it was an incredible amount of work, and I just didn't feel like I was able to finesse the turn the way I wanted to. Note that I heard that a bunch of the men's field, at the 2009 Val D'Isere WC GS, which had a lot of offset, were using 186s. So I dropped down to a race stock Atomic 183 cm, 25 meter sidecut GS, which is basically a women's WC GS ski, and the problem was solved. You can even go with a 175 or 180 beer league GS, with a 19 meter sidecut, or somegthing like that...but IMHO, that ain't really a GS ski.
And it's a wonderful thing to find some clear air space, strap on a pair of real GS skis, and let 'em buck. And after you've done that
...well, move on up the scale. I have two pairs of Atomic 201 SGs, two pairs of Atomic 205 SGs, and I just got a pair of 210 Atomic SGs for Masters DH races. And I'm here to tell you that skiing on any of those
things...on a fenced-off race course, that is...is about the most fun you can have with your clothes on...
Originally Posted by Philpug
No worries. I took the SL's. I will say the only time these will see snow is early day when the snow is hard and the trails are empty. I will respect them, because a ski li this as soon as they are disrespected, they will bite you. I have no intentions of skiing these at 50MPH (or even close) I got these to lay out 12.5M railroad tracks before lunch.
And Noof, I am taking donations for the fund to get me more time on snow.