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Time for New Sleds... under my feet

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I am 5' 6"and 165 pounds.  I am intermediate skier age 35.  I have been skiing for 25 plus years.  I ski a few times a year.  Still working on technique.  My equipment is 15 years old.  I am on 180's with little shape.  I have been looking at Fischer's.  I ski snowshoe and local hills at Prefect North, IN...

 

post #2 of 10

Howdy and welcome to epic

 

Try to imagine yourself skiing in conditions you enjoy. Bear in mind those conditions may not be super easy. What is the slope like? Snow conditions? Lots of short turns or less and longer? Are you attacking hard or cruising nice round turns with good speed control? Do you see yourself skiing faster or slower than most of the other skiers around you?

 

Nail down that daydream answering the above questions then come back with a genourously descriptive update. Hopefully that should generate some good feedback.

 

Cheers

 

 

 

post #3 of 10

Then when you're done dreaming about conditions you like, think about the conditions you ski at Perfect North. I'd be tempted to rent if I didn't ski often. In fact, I don't ski often and while I own skis, sometimes I rent. Do you have good boots that fit well?

 

Some ski area rental shops have better skis than the standard rental at a slightly higher price. The retail shop in the base lodge is another place you can probably find good quality skis for rent. These are called "demos". You can demo different skis each visit or possibly more than one pair/visit, which will help you decide which kind of ski you prefer. If there is a ski shop near you that rents demos, you can get them the day before your trip, which saves time spent getting gear in the rental or retail shop when you'd rather be on the hill.

 

The slopes at my local hills are mostly groomed, with a few mogul runs. I'm currently using 170s with 70mm waist and a moderate amount of sidecut. Something like that might suit you.

post #4 of 10

I hope that your boots are not 15 years old.

 

Dennis

post #5 of 10

If your boots are 15 years old, replace them first and get them from an experienced boot fitter, not from some place where they just ask you your shoe size.  Boots need to be fitted for length and width as well as for your weight and skiing ability.  Properly fitted boots are the easiest thing you can do to improve your skiing.  Seriously.

 

Go to the "Ask the Boot Guys" forum and read the wikis about fitting and terminology.  Then check the "Who's Who" for a fitter near you.  If there isn't one listed, ask and someone here can recommend a good fitter.  Then make an appointment and make your feet happy.

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I ski the advanced runs on 15 year old boots.  The boots I have fit well and are very comfortable.  I typically go to Snowshoe for a week each year and hit the local slopes a few time during the season.  I have been looking at Fischer 7's, but I would like something with some flex and I typically fly past 75% of the skiers on the hills.  I make moderate turns throughout the run, but I want a ski that will hold at speed and not chatter the entire run.  

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Originally Posted by Splatter Inc View Post

I ski the advanced runs on 15 year old boots.  The boots I have fit well and are very comfortable. OTOH, they probably do not transmit as much of your muscular energy to the ski as modern boots. So less efficient. You won't notice it on straight skis, but shaped skis want more precise boots. That's your first order of business. Really.

 

I have been looking at Fischer 7's, but I would like something with some flex and I typically fly past 75% of the skiers on the hills.  I make moderate turns throughout the run, but I want a ski that will hold at speed and not chatter the entire run.  There's a contradiction here; something with flex (eg, softer) will not hold as well at speed and may chatter (which is often s sign of pilot, rather than ski, error anyway). Fischer makes fine skis, might suggest something more along the lines of a Motive 76 or Progressor 10 + C Line to give you a bit more versatility. I weigh the same as you, IMO Blizzard is also worth a hard look; something like the G-Force Sonic is nice everywhere. 


 

 

post #8 of 10

15 year old boots with what are surely totally packed out liners will absolutely hold you back, believing otherwise is just deluding yourself.  The most effective thing anyone can do to improve their skiing is getting boots fitted by an experienced fitter.

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Originally Posted by Splatter Inc View Post

I ski the advanced runs on 15 year old boots.  The boots I have fit well and are very comfortable.  I typically go to Snowshoe for a week each year and hit the local slopes a few time during the season.



It looks like you will be skiing a lot this year.  New boots should be a priority.

 

I made the boot comment because I just retired my old boots that have 250 plus ski days spread over 8 years.  There is no life in them.  The shells seemed to give more when I flexed them.  Liners were packed out.  The footbeds, which were older than the boots, just seemed to not feel right.  When I made the move, I noticed that my skis responded more quickly, and my feet were very happy at the end of the day.  Fresh shells, fresh liners, and fresh footbeds made Denny a very happy camper.

 

Dennis

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Boots it is.  I will start at the boots and work from there...  Skis to come...

 

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