I recently posted that I had decided to move from a high-end ski (2014 Connelly Prophecy) to a mid-level ski (2015 Radar Senate Alloy) in order to give me a more stable, forgiving platform on which to develop fundamental course skiing skills. I had become tired of the hard falls that I partially attributed to being on a ski that was designed for someone beyond my ability level. My theory was that if I was on a ski that was more stable and forgiving I could focus more on developing proper technique and improve my confidence, thus improving my skills. I was therefore surprised at how many people responded to my post with the opposite experience -- beginning course skiers improving by jumping on a super high performance ski.
This poll question therefore assumes a beginning course skier has access to both a mid-level ski like the Senate and a top-level ski like the Prophecy (or Vapor or V-Type or Quest, etc.), so price is not a factor being considered at this point. Rather, if a beginning course skier running 15 off (18.5M) at 28-32 mph and wanting to improve, would you recommend using the mid-level ski or the high performance ski?
What is the best type of ski for a 15 offer -- mid-level or high end? 69 votes
I would put the beginning course skier on a top-of-the-line ski if available.
I would put the beginning course skier on a mid-level ski.