i'm just a good novice/intermediate skiier who's been trying a few askis to get a better fit for my style, and fitness level...wasn't finding a connection either until one chap on here offered to sell me just recently his nearly new Dynastar Mythic Riders (90mm waist) in a 172 (i'm 173lb, 5'6"/167cm)... I remember seeing them in person, esp their length of 172 (vs my height of 167) and thought 'I'm going to die...they're too much'...I was advised me to 'drive them hard' to get the most of them....and they were burly heavier skis, too....actually I didn't try them 'til today just out of fear that I'd be over my head with them....so upon clicking in with my boots today for the first time out, I gulped hard.
but what a revelation upon trying them (and of course what is a great ski for me is not for someone else and vice versa)...ie it was like dating a gal and finally ''clicking''....we got a 5-8" dump of fresh dry PNW snow today at Cypress (not cement) and i remember during the first run how they were easy to initiate a turn: almost any radius I wanted, too: short, med or long....yet when I did drop my pedal to the metal it was like hitting the gas on a car: they just wanted to fly with no squirrlyness at all, they became a locked in and loaded carver, esp in med-larger GS turns....over mounds and such these things were just like a 'big monster truck' rolling over with suspension.
for the first time I took them into uncharted territory, namely, 6-10 inches of ungroomed snow...maybe it was the skis, maybe it was the good snow (not heavy cement) and maybe even it was (finally) me having more confidence and better body separation (remembering the tips many kind posters have suggested on epic ski ie keep squared going down with good upper/lower body separation and use legs (closer together) as a pivot for up/down movement) ...for the FIRST time I was actually skiing ungroomed snow and enjoying it (sure i will continue to take lessons to tweak things as I love learning to progress my technique, but overall I was having fun and doing ok ie no wipeouts).
sure I haven't tried them on more packed or icy conditions, in crud or in very deep powder (i'm sure there are better skis for those conditions,esp hardpacked/ice and deep powder) ...but for a 1 ski quiver for my local mtn or for Whistler they may be the ticket. (yet I still would love to buy a really wide powder ski for big dumps as well as a good carver for hard packed...but for now these babes will suffice).
hopefully they'll continue to help me in my learning curve to be a better all round skiier (in addition to putting in lots of mileage and getting instruction for feedback, of course)
Edited by canali - 12/19/10 at 7:36pm