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Mild Tip rocker vs trad camber ski for getting me thru PSIA level2 advice sought

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It's sort of a gear Q but very much a PSIA Q too. I need a ski that can help me have the best shot at attaining PSIA (NW) level 2 over the next year (or 5).

 

Trying to decide b/t 2008 K2 Lotta Luv's 160cm (but measures long) vs 2011 Dynastar Legend Sultan 85 165cm. I have both but am trying to decide if I really need the Dynastar Legend Sultan 85's (still have time to return).

 

http://www.skinet.com/skiing/products/gear/dynastar-legend-sultan-85-2011

 

http://www.skinet.com/skiing/products/k2/k2-lotta-luv-2008

 

My background:~60 days total on snow ever, 5' 8" 145lbs, in my 30's, concerned about clinic-ing/getting tested on crud but equally concerned about being able to hold my edge on 1-ski traverses & other tasks for level2 on-snow exam.

 

Any other advice on how to best prepare myself for level2 is appreciated! Thanks a bunch!

 

edit: will the early rise on the sultan 85 really make a marked difference from just using the normal cambered lotta luvs?

 

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There was a similar post a few days back. I started to punch out a reply, but think I got sidetracked. Without talking about specific skis, I'd say this; you need a nice, versatile ski you feel very comfortable on. For the PNW, you could have nice soft conditions on a testing day, corn snow, or re-frozen crud and hard groomers. Level 2 is a two day affair, so you might run the full gamut of conditions. You need a ski that can be skied both slow for demonstrations a la wedges, wedge to parallel, etc.. and something you like to make nice mid radius groomers on. Bumps, those too. If I were selling you a ski, I'd go with something with an early rise tip, cambered, and in the 80's underfoot.  If you're between ski sizes, err on the side of short. From there, the most important thing is your boot fit, and yes, even buckling up properly. Talk to your area training director.  Early in the season, check for any obvious alignment issues. Clinic as much as you can fit in your schedule. Keep your skis tuned (hopefully buy the same tech), waxed, and happy. Don't get them tuned the day before your exam, have a couple of days on a fresh ski so there won't be any unexpected handling surprises. Again, talk to your director, or TD and get their thoughts. If they're doing their job, they WANT you to be successful and will go out of their way to get you the answers you need. Anyhow, good luck and have fun! Really, one of the  best things about PSIA and teaching in general is all the access you get to great coaching.

post #3 of 8
Sixty days TOTAL EVER??? Wow, you must be athletic.

I'd also go for the early rise tip with camber the rest of the length. In my experience, early rise will ski like a 5 to 7-cm shorter fully cambered ski, will enter turns easier and deal better with variable conditions.
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Originally Posted by Kneale Brownson View Post

Sixty days TOTAL EVER???


...which means of the many things I'm not confident about, judging skis is one of them, having not skiied on too many different skis. Thanks for the input!

 

 

 

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A bad ski will help you fail a lot more than a good ski will help you pass. Time spent on coaching will be a lot more helpful than money spent on gear. That said, keep the Sultans.

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Originally Posted by reddirt View Post
I need a ski that can help me have the best shot at attaining PSIA (NW) level 2 over the next year (or 5).

 

Trying to decide b/t 2008 K2 Lotta Luv's 160cm (but measures long) vs 2011 Dynastar Legend Sultan 85 165cm. I have both but am trying to decide if I really need the Dynastar Legend Sultan 85's (still have time to return).

 

My background:~60 days total on snow ever, 5' 8" 145lbs, in my 30's, concerned about clinic-ing/getting tested on crud but equally concerned about being able to hold my edge on 1-ski traverses & other tasks for level2 on-snow exam.

 

Any other advice on how to best prepare myself for level2 is appreciated! Thanks a bunch!

 


Getting that Level II is difficult, even if you take to skiing like a "natural."  Get the skis you want because you want them; then go play on snow.  Take advantage of all the training you can get at your mountain; then go play on snow.  Remember to have fun as you work on your skiing.  Oh, and enjoy your teaching.  Giving back counts.

 

Be ready to try the Level II skiing test more than once, and don't take it too seriously.  I've seen grown men stop instructing after 30 years of being an instructor when they failed the skiing Level II test.  I guess walking back into the locker room was just too humiliating.  

 

It's just a PSIA test that you are trying to get through, not the Pearly Gates, and your PSIA examiners are not ski-clad versions of Saint Peter.

 

You are at the start of a great journey; enjoy the adventure.

 

 

 

post #7 of 8

the thing is people wait for far to long to try these exams. failing is not the worst thing and at least you know where you stand.

 

ski really does not matter either.

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 If I were selling you a ski, I'd go with something with an early rise tip, cambered, and in the 80's underfoot.  If you're between ski sizes, err on the side of short. From there, the most important thing is your boot fit, and yes, even buckling up properly. Talk to your area training director.  Early in the season, check for any obvious alignment issues. Clinic as much as you can fit in your schedule. Keep your skis tuned (hopefully buy the same tech), waxed, and happy. Don't get them tuned the day before your exam, have a couple of days on a fresh ski so there won't be any unexpected handling surprises. Again, talk to your director, or TD and get their thoughts. If they're doing their job, they WANT you to be successful and will go out of their way to get you the answers you need. Anyhow, good luck and have fun! Really, one of the  best things about PSIA and teaching in general is all the access you get to great coaching.



Here in the east the cheater ski for this season exam is the Elan Amphibio 82 xti.  I got that information direct from an  eastern examier. 

 

The one thing I would do is everytime you do a wedge demo always bring the speed down and do it the way your region thinks they should look like. That is in front of your peers and customers.  I would also pick a number and do that many every day you ski.  If you do that everytime correctly its going to a brezze at the exam.   Always have fun.

 

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