DAY ONE3.5 @ -38
. That is:
- The best score I have ever
gotten on the first day on a ski. And this season I have not been skiing at my best in general, so that's all the more amazing.
- The first time I've seen the 4 ball in over a month. (And I've been healthy and skiing regularly.)
- Equal to my best of the season (well, technically I stood up a 4 one time in early August).
And -- oh by the way -- if it hadn't been nearly dark OR I hadn't completely panicked at my shocking success, I probably would have run it.
To say I am impressed would be a huge understatement. More like giddy
And there's more. It's pretty clear I didn't set the ski up quite right for me: it was edge-hunting like crazy outside the course and I had some big crushes at the finish of off-side turns (but then early into the next ball after my weak off-side pull which is absolutely incredible). The Adams will be telling me what to do next, but the preliminary conclusion is to move my front boot forward 1/8". It's scary to think this ski can be better
in addition to me continuing to adapt to it.
Admittedly, my first two passes at -28 were terrible -- the feel is totally different from my N1. But I got used to it real fast, and by the time I got to -35 I had no trouble despite skiing it like a donkey. In the second set, I ran -35 again, this time trivially. At -38, I actually got TOO WIDE for the one ball and splashed in, but on the second try I got the 3.5. With light fading fast
, I called it a day.
There are two performance characteristics that really stand out on this ski, and maybe one more honorable mention:
1) Incredibly easy to get wide. More than once I found myself wondering if @MikeT
had forgotten to shorten the rope.
2) Unprecedented ability to change from outbound speed to inbound speed. This happens in so little space that at -28 and -32 I fell a couple of times because I completed
my turn before passing the ball -- a literal backside (as to opposed what we all call a backside which is actually hitting the front side of the buoy). What's most amazing about this is that it's not a hard turn -- the feeling is more like Automan taking a corner in his car (look it up!). One moment you're going one direction, the next you're going the other direction. And that's really fun, by the way.
Honorable mention: Acceleration. One of my big technique flaws is to completely lose the correct edge at the finish of a turn. This creates a huge delay before I start going cross course again and kills all my speed. But when I did something similar to that on this ski, it still
got going like a bat out of hell, even allowing me to run the first -35 where I did that at the one ball.
I've never been huge into sharing settings because they are so skier-specific, but for the setting junkies out there, here is where I started:
Front boot: 29“ [this will probably go to 29 1/8" for next set]
Rear boot: 17 3/16“
Wing: 8, flat side down
Length: 6.743” jaws (tips 6.849”)
Finally, an amusing behavior I've never seen from any other ski: When dropping, the ski shoots a fountain out from under it!