I thought that it would be fun to try them out - with the idea that perhaps I might try competing in a downhill race or two at some point.
I have yet to compete - and just recently tested them out at Mammoth Mountain.
The conditions were pretty nice - and I took the skis out on some groomed, top-to-bottom runs on a midweek day without a crowd, so I was able to point them downhill and make some wide, arcing turns with them.
I have a question about how they are supposed to perform - and am wondering whether it was me, the skis, or what - but they were much more difficult and "different" from what I am used to than I expected.
First, if I was just starting at low speed, and trying to make a normal ski turn, without getting up to "speed" - they were VERY awkward and difficult to engage the tips to initiate turns, and hard to get to turn.
The skis were VERY flexible - and the tips of the ski seemed to come up off the snow at low speeds - making it difficult to turn a normal ski turn.
At high speeds, however, they were very stable - I could point them down cornice and coyote (if you know the Mt.) and make some wide, sweeping turns at higher speeds than I would normally ski - and the skis felt fine. I never got to the point where I felt comfortable to crank them into a tighter SG type of turn, but I got some good experience skiing around on the skis.
Are downhill racing skis always so flexible? Does the tips flopping up off the snow sound right - or are have these old, used skis lost their camber?
I'm just looking for some insight - or comments from other people who have skied on the DH/SG skis - and see whether our experiences are similar or not.
Frankly, I felt fairly disappointed in myself for feeling so clumsy on the skis - but I did have fun at high speeds, and can see that they are stable, at least at high speeds. I just felt that the trouble initiating turns at lower speeds when just skiing around was more difficult than I expected.
Am I expecting too much?
Or is it just me?
Or the skis?
Any input? Anyone?