These traditional intermediate slaloms are narrow and, in the past, were owned by a majority of the skiing population. Because of its shape, this is a ski for an accomplished skier who gets up easily on deep-water starts and is comfortable crossing the wakes in both directions. Skiing the slalom course is definitely not a requirement, but most likely the skier at this level has at least entertained the thought of buoy chasing.
Intermediate Skis’ Characteristics and Impacts:
softer flex – allows ski to initiate the turn with considerably less force than the stiffer advanced slaloms
slower accelerating after the turn – provides the skier with more prep time to be in a good position when crossing the wakes
intermediate to advanced speeds – tend to perform best at speeds from 30-36 mph
narrow, traditional cut – allows for a more aggressive ride less typical of shaped skis
slalom course compatible – most intermediate, traditional-cut skis are perfect for both recreational, open-water use and/or the slalom course
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