Hello everyone I am new here. I am going to buy my first pair of shaped skis. I have been using the old straight skis from the early 90's or late 80's. I have been using 175cm skis. I am about 5'10 in shoes and weigh 180lb. I ski in minnesota so nothing huge mostly groomed hills. I would consider myself an intermediate skier. I would go about 3 times a week last season. I mostly just pleasure ski I don't really do anything crazy. I will be buying online and have been looking at Blizzard Magnum 7.4 but I can't decide what size to get either 163cm or 170cm. Does anyone have any suggestions or alternatives? Thanks
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Sorry for the annoying response, and welcome to epicski. As the season starts up there are a lot of "what ski to buy" threads and it seems to be random luck whether they catch attention and start a flurry of responses or not.
In general, for a small midwestern hill, and an introduction to modern skis, you want a short-turn-radius carver (SL style) in a short length, say 165-ish.
This assumes you want to fully buy-in to modernization, not ski old style on new skis (and I say that as an old guy who had to completely rework his technique just before age 50).
Hopefully someone who knows the Blizzard line can comment. Unfortunately, I don't pay too much attention to the current crop of skis in the years I'm not shopping for myself.
Edit -- Hey, someone who knows something (Whiteroom) stepped in while I was typing. Listen to him, he knows his skis.post #7 of 810/23/11 at 12:29pm
Welcome to EpicSki!
In general this should be valid :
Shorter skis turn easier, but tend to be more wobbly or unstable at higher speed, so it depends on your preference.
Also, shorter skis will be easier to make slalom-like turns on ( shorter radius ), while a longer ski will be more stable at high speed and will typically have a longer radius ( geant slalom turn).
If possible, demo the skis in the two sizes you're contemplating buying.
I'm about your height ( 179 cm ) and ski lenghts between 164 - 195 on shaped skis, and up to 210 on straight skis. I guess I'm a gaper too, as I also call them shaped and straight/pencil skis.
Hope this helps.
Madspost #8 of 810/23/11 at 12:31pmThread Starter
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