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Pete Baldwin <[log in to unmask]>
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Vermont Skiing Discussion and Snow Reports <[log in to unmask]>
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Wed, 15 Sep 1999 13:05:53 -0400
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Rick Carlson wrote of shaped skis:
>What should I expect?

The difference is truly awesome. I bought a pair of Rossignol Mountain Vipers
last winter and was astounded by the difference in performance. After I had
skied the Mtn. Vipers for a while, I traded skis with my buddy (9s's) for one
run last year and could not believe how unresponsive they felt. It felt like the
outside ski had a mind of it's own and wanted to stray away from the turn I was
trying to carve.... Not the case with the (shaped) Mountain Vipers! Not only do
they hold the turn like a champ, they (suprisingly to me) allow you to vary the
amount of g's and the radius of the turn very easily. These factors can be
varied by shifting the amount of weight/tork put on the tails of the ski past
the apex of the turn. I love my Mountain Vipers! Keep your 9s's for the moguls
though. In my experience, skis with big shovels in the front tend to suck in the
bumps.
Pete

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