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Reverse Camber ski technique

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Hi,

So I just got my first pair of reverse camber skis, Volkl Chopsticks. They were fantastic in 50cms + of fresh the other day, felt awesome. Today, we have about 10 cms of new snow on chopped pow/hardpack, they were still great in the soft stuff, but when I got to harder patches and some bumps, I pretty much got dominated by them.

As they are 185 cms long, 127mm wide, have no camber and very little sidecut, I was taking quite a rotational approach, not creating too many angles, which worked sometimes but at other times did not. It felt like it was all too easy to end up back and inside.

It could just be that these skis (outside the powder) are just magnifying pre existing deficiencies in my skiing, well actually I know they are. But has anyone got any tips for taming reverse camber skis outside the pow? It's only my second day on them, so I'm sure it'll get easier, but any ideas would be great.

Thanks.
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Hi,

So I just got my first pair of reverse camber skis, Volkl Chopsticks. They were fantastic in 50cms + of fresh the other day, felt awesome. Today, we have about 10 cms of new snow on chopped pow/hardpack, they were still great in the soft stuff, but when I got to harder patches and some bumps, I pretty much got dominated by them.

As they are 185 cms long, 127mm wide, have no camber and very little sidecut, I was taking quite a rotational approach, not creating too many angles, which worked sometimes but at other times did not. It felt like it was all too easy to end up back and inside.

It could just be that these skis (outside the powder) are just magnifying pre existing deficiencies in my skiing, well actually I know they are. But has anyone got any tips for taming reverse camber skis outside the pow? It's only my second day on them, so I'm sure it'll get easier, but any ideas would be great.

Thanks.

the biggest thing here isnt the reverse camber its the waist width. 127mm simply wont feel good on groomers. 

My first tip is to not ski them when there is alot of hardpack. 

My other tips are stay on flatter edges, and pressure the outside ski more. Also skis like the Katana are alot more versatile than the Chopstick
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