I am working to increase my skills up from advanced intermediate. Two years ago I bought Volkl AC50s, and have enjoyed them. I am skiing almost always ungroomed steeper terrain and bumps, occasionally, but more rarely do I stay on the groomed. Although I have improved a lot over the last two years, I have a hard time turning these skis as soon as I start getting a bit tired. I have noticed a few threads here indicating that I may not be heavy enough for the AC50s, due to the stiffness. I would like to perform well/better on steep ungroomed and powder conditions, when I can get them. Stats: 44 YOA, 158 lbs, 20-30 skier days annually in Utah, Colorado and occasionally JH/Big-Sky.
Could I be on the wrong skis? and recommendations for demos
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As I understand it, the AC-50 was made to go fast, so if you are skiing 40+ mph, you are on the correct ski, but it's hard to get good at anything except LR turns at that speed. You can certainly take them through moguls or indeed take them anywhere else, but they were not made for that and won't be the best learning ski there.
I haven't skied the AC-50, just my understanding. Others who have tried the ski will likely chime in.
If you want to improve in short turns and moguls, then probably something with a shorter turn radius (for the shorter turns, not for the moguls) and softer longitudinal flex would suit (for both).