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Volkl AC50 Skis for Christmas

post #1 of 9
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So I just bought a demo pair of Volkl AC50 (09/10) skis for my Christmas present...they are sitting in the car waiting for me as I type this! Met a nice fellow from Craigslist and the transaction went very smoothly...$400...very happy with the price.

 

Now my worries...are these skis too much for me? I surely hope not. I consider myself an advanced-intermediate skier. I can ski any Blue run..groomed or not...with a decent amount of speed and control. I can absolutely fly on groomed blues and soft snow...I love the speed. I can ski groomed blacks with no problem...but do have problems with moguls and bumps...hope to take a mogul lesson in the next month.

 

My old skis were a pair of Atomic Beta C.19s from 2001 or 2002. I think they are 62mm in width...what a change to these AC50s that 85mm! Before moving to Colorado in May, I had come out here on vacation many times and have always rented high-end demos to test different skis. I have always remembered the Volkl Karma's I rented several years back...they felt so good under foot and I seemed to be able to ski better. I know they were 84mm in width...so I am hoping I have that same sensation with these skis. I can't wait to get to the mountain this weekend!

 

I hope I have not made a mistake!?

post #2 of 9
The AC50 is a great ski provided you are a strong and powerful skier who likes to ski fast. It will handle most conditions pretty well at speed. The ski has been well reviewed for resort dominated skiing, as opposed to a true back country off piste ski.

Good luck, I am sure you will love them.

Rick G
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Originally Posted by rickg View Post

The AC50 is a great ski provided you are a strong and powerful skier who likes to ski fast. It will handle most conditions pretty well at speed. The ski has been well reviewed for resort dominated skiing, as opposed to a true back country off piste ski.

Good luck, I am sure you will love them.

Rick G


X2, Do you knuckes drag when you walk? Do you have an extra long cranium? Are you only the first or second generation to walk upright in your family? If you can answer YES to two of the three questions, the AC50 is the ski for you. If you can answer YES to all three...look the the Grizzly. wink.gif

post #4 of 9

You got them, now ski them. You won't loose much value by skiing a used ski a few days to see how you like em.

post #5 of 9
I * loved* the AC50s I demoed last season. They do like to be skied fairly fast and assertively.
post #6 of 9
I actually liked the Grizzly better than the AC50 when I demo'd it last year at a local hill for a few runs. I found it better at slower speeds when the power switch was set to the softest setting. By comparison, I had the AC50 for an entire day out west.

Again, good luck on your new boards. Ski them fast and hard and you will love them.

Rick G
post #7 of 9

the AC 50 and the Karma are from different model lines volkl makes. They are fundamentally different skis

 

People are always explaining away the fact that many people find them difficult to ski.  it is a good ski, as long as you keep your weight 'forward'. it is a good ski, but it will punish you if you get into the back seat. it is a good ski, but they don't like to go slowly. it is a good ski, and rewards good technique. And so it goes.

 

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I say Volkl is often explaining away the fact that the ski has a skimpy (narrow) sweet spot.

(racing skis are different entirely, because race technique dictates skier position.)

There are other skis that do everything else well and don't punish the skier for shifting their balance forward or back, in other words, have a broad sweet spot.

 

I skied 'forward' for 20 years on Volkls. You can too!biggrin.gif no really, a quality performance ski, do your squats.

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From all the replies it looks like I am going to be challenged to pick up my technique...which is not a bad thing. I am anxious to get out there and try them out...although it is supposed to be bitter cold on Friday and Saturday at the Vail Five Mountains. Hopefully next week!

post #9 of 9

I love to rent the AC50s for hard pack fast skiing. With agressive well forward weighting they will carve on a dime. After a season of bending these skiies you will be a strong skier. Have fun.

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