I've heard back from several folks about the machine and judging by the number of negative responses, I think I'll stick to my skates. Rather that blow the big bucks on the Skier's Edge, I'll invest in some warm windproof fleece for wintertime skates.
First off, it does what it says it does. It bounces back and forth in the perfect parallel positioning. If you don't turn your feet to go with the flow, you'll just about fall off if you are moving at a good pace.
Secondly, it is a bit cheesy. I don't think that it will really help your technique much from continued use. I think that the mechanics of the ski slope and bumps preclude getting any real technique out of this machine.
I think that it will however tone these "skiers" muscles a bit. After 5 minutes, I was definately feeling a bit sore in the thighs and butt. I was also getting a cardio workout from the continued motion.
In short, it is kind of cheesy and very overpriced. I think that it is also boring.
IMHO, it's nothing more than a cycle machine or rowing machine for skiers.
In my opinion, the Concept 2 is the only health club quality machine you can buy for under $1,000 that lives up to its billing. You won't see the Concept 2 advertised in any infomercials, but you'll find it in school gyms and health clubs across the world. They only sell direct.
Geez, I'm starting to sound like an advertisement.. Anyway, the Concept 2 is the only home machine that I've found to be somewhat fun instead of boring. Even so, I'd rather get my exercise outside skiing or biking.