Wow thanks for all the replies.
Ok boots. I visited a bootfitter in Banff and he helped me get into some right size boots. My old boots were 29's and my new boots are 27's. So with that I am pretty sure my boots are good. They fit snug and had one pain spot but it was gone after the first run. If I get the pain spot back again, I will go back to the shop.
Bindings: I got Dynastar labeled PX 15's installed on them due to people telling me I will need to have more then 12 din capable binding (they are set to 9 now). I wanted to set them backwards like some people suggested but the shop really recommended I keep it atleast in the middle due to the width a length of ski.
Also I know these skis like to be driven but I cannot possible to full tilt in the trees with bumps and trying to avoid rocks. On a groomed double diamond I can go pretty good but off-piste skiing is fairly new to me and my goal is to become alot better.
Anyways, it might seem to be technique issue. It was my first time out this year as well. Ski is different then what I am used to and the crossing the tips or the backs have me a little scared. I do notice it and am able to fix it so I am not falling because of this but it's something I haven't done since I was like 5 years old. Maybe I need to see how I am standing on the ski carefully.
I am going skiing this upcoming weekend for both days so I will try it out and see if I can improve on balance and see what my stance is. If I am still not comfortable on them. I will talk to the local shop to see what they can do.
Originally Posted by Castle Dave
It sounds like you are highly motivated and willing to learn. Based on your comments (can't see skis in powder, flapping tips, sore quads, etc,) plus the huge fact you just moved west after being an east coast skier tells me you are now playing in the big leagues and are at the bottom of a new learning curve. As you found out, things you could get away with on hard snow with short skis don't work in powder with long skis which are not really that long because they are rockered and you are a big guy. I know it is tough to feel like you are almost starting over but the end result will be awesome and with your size and those skis you will be able to rip it up like crazy. Specific suggestions- First go to a good bootfitter and get you boots checked for fit then go take a lesson or two, probably at the intermediate level. The lessons are absolutely key to progressing because I suspect you will have to unlearn some old habits not just learn new ones.
I'm glad you're not discouraged.
I think you have described it perfectly in this paragraph what I am going through. I am in terrain I have never seen before. Once I got into the powder, I didn't really know what to do. It's a totally different feeling in there then on a groomed run. I need to take lessons and I will stick with my skis. If everybody here is telling me they are not too long then I have to believe it.
Thanks all for your comments. Your helping me calm down and not try to find a way to get rid of my skis. I think by the end of the season, I will truly see the benefits of this ski!