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Ok, so I leave for 24 years and y'all change everything!

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Howdy! I have been searching for a good forum, it appears I found it. As I am sure many of you were, I was early '80's bum. Every job I took was for the free lift ticket. I was working and skiing in Northern MI in '82 even competed a little in some early freestyle events. So I hyper-extended/ripped both knees in a failed back layout in '84, many scopes later I basically quit. Then I got married and old and fat... Twenty fives years later I find myself fit once more and my brother talks me into going for a night ski. I thought it would kick my butt, however the legs of a recently 280 lbs. fat guy on a now 215 lbs. (6'1" and still shedding) sorta fat guy are actually super strong :D An hour into it I was 80% of what I ever was (at least downhill, me no try vaults or tip/tail on rentals). Plus I am literally 5 minutes from two mid-west slopes, so back to the boards. We have been hitting it twice a week since the new year. I tossed all my old boards 10 years ago and these new one confuse and anger me! Hey, but that's why I joined, to get back up to speed before I invest. Slainte' Blue
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Welcome to Epic Blue Monster and welcome back to skiing!

 

You'll see more discussion of technique over in the instruction forums, but the short answer to the "How do the new boards work?" question is "Less steering and more tipping".

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 Plus I am literally 5 minutes from two mid-west slopes, so back to the boards.


Which two?

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Howdy! I have been searching for a good forum, it appears I found it. As I am sure many of you were, I was early '80's bum. Every job I took was for the free lift ticket. I was working and skiing in Northern MI in '82 even competed a little in some early freestyle events. So I hyper-extended/ripped both knees in a failed back layout in '84, many scopes later I basically quit. Then I got married and old and fat... Twenty fives years later I find myself fit once more and my brother talks me into going for a night ski. I thought it would kick my butt, however the legs of a recently 280 lbs. fat guy on a now 215 lbs. (6'1" and still shedding) sorta fat guy are actually super strong :D An hour into it I was 80% of what I ever was (at least downhill, me no try vaults or tip/tail on rentals). Plus I am literally 5 minutes from two mid-west slopes, so back to the boards. We have been hitting it twice a week since the new year. I tossed all my old boards 10 years ago and these new one confuse and anger me! Hey, but that's why I joined, to get back up to speed before I invest. Slainte' Blue


In that case you'll fit in perfectly here.

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Thank you gentlemen. Interesting that I walked away (limped) from the sport and after all these years and while I'm not doing any of the old freestyle just cruisin' hard and carving, it's like the old saying "falling off a bike". I never thought my real memory/muscle memory would have retained so much?

 

Walt I'm in Northern Michigan, Shanty and Schuss are both 5 minutes away (I can see their lights at night), Boyne 30 minutes, Searchmount 2.5 hours.

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Welcome to EpicSki.  I'm an old early 80s USSA Central Freedogger myself.  For Northern Michigan I'd go with an SL/short carver around 170 ish for most days, something fatter for deep snow, maybe Bohemia trips, and possibly a bump ski if you're knees are sound enough.  Even if not, something like a Movement Mowgli or hart F17, or K2 Extreme (K2=more all around ski) is fun in the corn snow even without the bumps and  still pretty good on hardpack.

 

Have fun!

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