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Total beginner - bought 168 cm Salomon XW Storm skis and I think I'm in over head with them!

post #1 of 9
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Took them to Jiminy Peak in Massachusetts this past weekend and they felt extremely fast, hard to control and very heavy!

 

I wanted to get a ski that I could grow into and not have to replace but now it looks like I'll have to try to to get some "training wheel" skis if I can get them in a good sale!

 

Maybe I should have started out with Volkl Unlimited AC skis or Rossignol Avenger 74 skis or Salomon X Wing 6 skis - and a little shorter?

 

Something that would be like a beginner ski but take me beyond intermediate?

 

I'm 5 foot 9 inches and 180 pounds by the way! 

 

 

post #2 of 9

None of the 3 you mentioned are more beginner skis.  Best bet is to take some lessons and go from there.

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Well evo.com and skis.com lists them as beginner through advanced intermediate skis. 

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Originally Posted by twochordcool View Post

Well evo.com and skis.com lists them as beginner through advanced intermediate skis. 


evo.com isn't really the authority on who a ski is best for though. Even volkl lists their AC-unlimited as 'Expert'. At this point I think lessons would be a much better investment. The only real 'difficulty change' between skis is their flex patterns, as it is easier to turn slowly and on edge on a flexy ski. Once you get up to speed though its a stiffer ski you want otherwise you risk losing edge grip. I'm not super familiar with the XW Storm but from what I've heard they are supposed to be a very solid all round ski, with medium flex and very good turn initiation. 

 

The biggest thing you want to avoid is getting sucked into new skis again. That happened to me once, but unfortunately there is no magic ski that makes learning a new sport easy. Just practice, practice, practice, and some lessons!

 

Hope this helped, if only a little :)

post #5 of 9

Rather than spending money on skis, you should have spent your money on boots that actually fit your feet.  If you bought boots based on "these are comfortable" while standing in a store, they are at least one size too big and probably 2 sizes.  Go to the "Ask the Boot Guys" forum and read the wikis about fitting and terminology.  Also check the list of fitters to see if there is someone near you.  Properly fitted boots are a necessity if you want to control your skis and progress.  Skis are secondary.

post #6 of 9

What these guys said above is good info.  If you're dead set on new skis, try some out obviously, but look into the Fischer Viron's and Motive 74 for some fairly entry level skis.

 

 

 

 

 

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Took them to Jiminy Peak in Massachusetts this past weekend and they felt extremely fast, hard to control and very heavy!

I can tell you that I can't stand the XWings, at least the Tornado.  Had a lot of trouble starting turns on them.  That was a few years back, though.

 

As mentioned above, spend the cash on boots that are fit to you.  Depending on how funky your feet/legs are, this may not mean a full custom setup, but you at least need someone competent to evaluate the fit.

 

In terms of skis, if you don't like the XWs, maybe try some of these:

 

Head Icon 60/80 or Peak 74/78

Dynastar Contact Groove (or Cross)

Fischer Progressor 8 (haven't tried the Motive; they're probably similar in feel)

Nordica Fire Arrow 74

post #8 of 9
Thread Starter 

Appreciate all the good advice.

 

Only thing; my boots fit good - they are snug and comfortable - not loose with lots of play.

 

Got Salomon Quest 880 boots - a 90 flex boot which I understand is somewhere in the middle.

 

Wouldn't be the worst thing to get a beginner to intermediate ski if I can get them cheap enough. For one thing my 19 year old son lives in Florida but I hope to get him up here someday and I'll need to outfit him - I could then get him his own boots and pass down the skis.

 

Thanks again for all the great advice.

post #9 of 9

Your skis are fine. Storms are light, actually, reasonably grippy, forgiving, and suitable for anyone who's athletic and willing to take a lesson or two. You got them on the short side, so even easier to turn, although probably not as stable as you'll want in a year or two. Do not buy more skis!! The issues are entirely with driver, not car. Boots OK too. Chill and enjoy. Over ice, especially...

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