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Will my Rossignol S7 Juniors hold me back?

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Ok so,

 

 

  First thing, this will be my second season of skiing where I am actually enjoying myself. I started seriously skiing last fall but I had been skiing my whole life. I have got to a pretty good level in March when I burnt out. I can ski basically all over the mountain and do a few cliffs here and there. I wasn't really focused on tricks much last year but that is what I want to get better at. All I learned how to do is a 180. I ski at Alta and as you know we got a TON of snow, basically all it did was snow last year so I am hoping the same for this year and it looks like it's going to be pretty wet so far. Anyway, last Christmas I got Rossignol S7 junior skis. I got them when I was just getting off groomed and they are 160cm long and 90mm under foot. They don't have any rocker but they are twin tip. I have improved a lot since I got them. I was wondering if I will need new skis this year because I have a goal set for this year is to be able to cork 3 by the end of the season.

 

 

But I am wondering, if we have a season like we did last winter, will these boards I am on now limit me in deep powder? I grew a bit since last march too. Like I said the skis are 160cm and 90mm underfoot, I am 135 lbs and 5'7 and I am still growing. I know this would be the last year I could use my skis if I even use them this year. I got the skis with 100mm wide brakes on the bindings and the DIN goes up to 12, it's set on 7 now. I remember last year my problem was I couln't keep my weight steady even on both feet in deep powder and it was really bad when I was going slow, I would go over the bars, also if it had snowed a lot and it was really choppy terrain, my skis seemed a little unstable I know this probably has something to do with skill, but I also was unsure if it could be the ski, based on my scenario what should I do for this year? Should I ride them and see how they feel first or should I set a goal early and try to get some for Christmas and save up for now. I am pretty cheap and I can't go spending a whole bunch on skis. I don't know by budget right now, but a 600$ ski is out my price range. And I also don't know if i should bend the brakes to make them work with a fatter ski if I take that route. Or if I should just sell my skis with bindings and then buy some used skis. because I saw some good deals it looked like on ebay but then I can't decide where to mount the bindings and I don't know what kind of condition the ski is in.

 

So yeah, that would be awesome if you could give me a reccomendation based off my situation and tell me what length I am going to want, if i get skis I want rockered, and twin tip definately and at least 100mm under foot. I don't know what length i should be looking for either. Here are some good looking deals, that would be sick if you could tell me what to watch out for when i am buying used skis or whether to do it or not at all:

 

4frnt CRJ, seems a little cheap?: http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-4FRNT-CRJ-twin-tip-ski-4FRNT-Deadbolt-13-binding-172cm-/140630011377?pt=Skiing&hash=item20be33adf1

 

Salomon Czar http://www.ebay.com/itm/2010-Salomon-Czar-Rocker-Shape-Twin-Tip-Skis-174cm-w-Salomon-Z12-Ti-bindings-/150688551807?pt=Skiing&hash=item2315bcd37f

 

 

 

of course I won't be buying anyone of these skis but it gives me an idea of what I might see for options later down the road of life (6 weeks).

 

EDIT: my bindings appear to be mounted with equal distance (toe peice and heal peice) between the line with a 0. there is also a line with a +5, I don't know what this means?

 

Thanks


Edited by drainbamage - 11/5/11 at 5:43pm

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90 underfoot for someone 135lbs is fine for now. If you want to throw spins, shorter skis are helpful for that. As for instability in powder, that's probably more the indian (native american for political correctness) than the arrow. I spent much of last season skiing hip deep snow in Vermont (no that is not a typo) on 83 underfoot, and I'm... well, I'm a good bit heavier than you are. If you're still growing, there is no need to dump a bunch of money on skis this year when you can get away with another year on your skis. Just save up and spend more next year.

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90 underfoot for someone 135lbs is fine for now. If you want to throw spins, shorter skis are helpful for that. As for instability in powder, that's probably more the indian (native american for political correctness) than the arrow. I spent much of last season skiing hip deep snow in Vermont (no that is not a typo) on 83 underfoot, and I'm... well, I'm a good bit heavier than you are. If you're still growing, there is no need to dump a bunch of money on skis this year when you can get away with another year on your skis. Just save up and spend more next year.



I am going to disagree. I think he can make the skis work as well, but even at Stowe I use skis that are a fair bit longer than just about any of my peers. Longer skis make things easier IMO.

 

Most 135 5'7 people out at who are good at Alta ski on a ski as big as the S7 but in a 175 to 180 lenght.  Just look at what the ripping girls and small guys are on and copy them. thet are not on 160cm Junior s7 thats for sure. I know people his size that are ripping on stuff in the mid 180s range.

 

 

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I haven't even skied this year yet on them but I might hike Alta on Wednesday (sllim chance) I have never done that and I don't really know what that would be like. So I should be looking for skis about 175-185cm if these feel to short? I need a ski I can use for 2 years or so. And like I said I won't be able to afford an unmounted ski that costs more than 500 dollars, so I think going the used route would be best.

 

Thanks for yyour opinions!

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Is the ski he is on ideal for pow? Not at all. I absolutely agree that a longer ski would give better float. But I think he can get by for a season on shorter skis. Especially if he's looking to spin stuff, and if he's still looking to improve his technique significantly.

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