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10 Years since I last skied - What to expect with the new equipment

post #1 of 6
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My wife and I are going to Crested Butte in January. I haven't skied in 10 years. My wife has never skied.

What can I expect as far as differences in the equipment from 2002 to 2012?

I was just an average blue groomed run skier. 52 years old now.

Thanks for any input.

Chuck 

post #2 of 6

My experience as a 47 year-old who was mostly a snowboarder for 15+ years before starting skiing again 6 years ago (and now skiing 90% and boarding 10%).

 

First of all, take a few lessons. Its not just skis that have changed, but also technique. Plus you're a blue run guy, yours probably needs work anyway. Newer skis are easier on your body and much more forgiving. But if you ski them like an old ski, you won't get the benefits. You may find that you can ski well on skis that are shorter than what you remember. Some of my skis are shorter than what I had when I was 16.

 

Don't get the standard rental skis. If you're any good at all, you'll appreciate the upgrade to a "demo" ski.

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Thanks Sinecure. My wife and I will definitely be taking lessons.

Also, my ski boots are about 20 years old so my wife and I will be getting boots.

I'm leaning towards getting them in Crested Butte. No bootfitters close to me (Savannah, Georgia).

We're going to Atlanta next month for clothes, etc., but maybe it's better to get the boots out there.

Chuck

post #4 of 6

If you're planning to buy boots, you will be better off dealing with someone in Crested Butte, especially if whomever you deal with is a good fitter because they can make adjustments if necessary and you can then go test it out.

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Originally Posted by mtcyclist View Post

If you're planning to buy boots, you will be better off dealing with someone in Crested Butte, especially if whomever you deal with is a good fitter because they can make adjustments if necessary and you can then go test it out.



That's exactly what we've decided to do Mtcyclist.

The owner of the B and B where we're staying has told me about a really good shop out in Crested Butte and gave me the name of the best bootfitter in Crested Butte. That way we can get our boots dialed in while we're there.

We're getting excited!!

 

post #6 of 6

Here's the quick version of how to ski the newer skis.  You don't need to load them up as much and hop from turn to turn- you can do a more continous arc from turn to turn.  You don't need to slide the tails at all unless you're intentionally trying to slow down.

 

Here's how you turn...

1) Feet shoulder width apart

2) Point your knees where you want to turn and wait a second for the skis to hook up.  Now you're carving. 

 

If you hear a bunch of scraping, or are having to really muscle your skis on a groomer, you're doing too much.  Do less.

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