|Originally posted by Bob Barnes/Colorado:
...Do keep in mind, though, that much of what makes a slalom ski great also makes it a little more demanding in moguls. The wide tip and extremely reactive sidecut gives slalom skis a bit of a mind of their own. That's good if you're carving turns--it's what lets them take you for such a great ride. They are very skiable in moguls, too, but remember that specialized mogul skis are still very straight-sided. The best mogul skis almost literally have the "life" taken out of them, to make them docile and obedient, and to minimize "surprises." Slalom skis have a lot of life!...
A little background. After working with some of the coaches from Epic last season, I decided to try something with a bit more sidecut this season. I have not been on a slalom, or slalom type ski, in years. As such, I don't have any preference toward a particular ski or feel, and simply decided to go with the WC SC and learn to ski it. Anyway, on with the questions.....
I gather from the above comments that a quicker reacting/turning ski becomes more difficult to manage in the moguls. Do I understand that correctly? It seems counter intuitive; I would have expected a quicker more responsive ski to be beneficial in bumps. What's the skinny here? How are they more difficult? More importantly, how does this affect the skier and what should they do to manage it ..... ie. what do I need to be focusing on when I wander into the moguls with these?