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50yr old to ski again

post #1 of 10
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50 year old Australian to ski again after 25yr break

All of my experience is southern hemisphere I did my early skiing at Perisher and Thredbo in Australia as a teenager and once I had reached solid intermediate level we went to New Zealand where the hills are steeper and higher. Did the south island skiied Mt Hutt and Queenstown over three weeks the first year then Mt Hutt and Treble Cone where we heli skiied for 4 days because of poor resort snow.

I then spent the next year (1986) on the Mountain staff at Perisher where I skiied every day. I used a pair of Blizzard Thermo 200cm saloam skis for work and Blizzard 210cm GS skis for play.

There are 4 of us all about the same age although one has continued to ski he is the only one that remained single?

We have decided to ski again and looks like we going to Whistler Blackcomb in 2013.

We will no doubt do a weekend in Australia to iron out the bugs but that may turn into a beer fest if there is no snow.

I dont have any gear ( new ) so what do I get thinking of getting most gear in Vancouver or at Whistler we are planning for a month stay. I will be having lessons for the first couple of days to get back into the groove.

I learnt to stay forward on the saloam skis back a little on the GS skis especially in fresh snow is this approach still warranted with todays shorter skis.

Whats the go for Whistler Blackcomb if warranted I will hire Powder specific skis so I am looking for ski that will suit the other likely conditions. I do not classify myself as aggressive skier I would like to ski the trees if thats available as well as the frontside and I feel sure that the one in our party who is more experienced will proceed to take us to the highest steepest bit he can find and push us all off. ( he must be mad he wants to go Revelstoke )

So I require a good boot fitter preferably in Whistler and some idea on skis.


post #2 of 10

sort your boots out in Whistler and rent the skis. Means you can aquaint yourself with the mind boggling range. Whistler has a demo tent (or used too, assuming its still thre)

25 years is a long time and skis are very different now.

Would lso suggest that you allow enough time to train if you don't do o already. 


regarding specific ski advice, you will need to provide more info; weight, height if you want length suggestns but I expect that something with about 8o-90mm underfoot should do the job. 


post #3 of 10

Welcome back to the mountain!


Nothing for 25years  to a month of skiing ,  spend yr money in the gym and hire ski's.  Maybe you could then buy after some demoing.  I do agree with Craigs suggestion 80-90 all mountain type ski would give wide range of versatility and still be useful back in Australia on our hard pack and soft afternoons,   if you get a big dump in Canada as you should in a month just hire some rockered powder demos  (not much use to buy any for Australian skiing).  Agree priority is boots  but I think you should do that in your pre trips in Aust so you have them broken in.  Make sure retailer you buy from has assosiation with bootfitter at the mountain in Aust so you can get adjustments done over night if you have trouble.   I would do this to avoid loosing ski time  in Canada if your boots hurt  your feet badly.


47 myself and still loving it so never too late





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I raced moto cross up till last year and surf a fair bit so although its a different set of muscles I will do some additional training. demoing hiring probably is the way to go. I weigh 200lbs and am 6ft.

post #5 of 10

I didn't fully read your post. 1 month is a long time to rent.  maybe contact a few shops in Whistlervand enquire about a demo/purchase plan. these plans allow you to demo and price of demos come off purchase price. 





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Originally Posted by the phantom View Post

I raced moto cross up till last year and surf a fair bit so although its a different set of muscles I will do some additional training. demoing hiring probably is the way to go. I weigh 200lbs and am 6ft.

Your about  same as me,  Im around 96kg on a good day.


I have a pair of 80 under foot carvers for Aust and have just brought 102 underfoot all mountain  ski for my trip next week to Utah @ 189cm.   As I ve gone 2 sets of skis now,  I was particular about not having an over lap (hence skipping the 80-90allmountain ski).  As I suggested to you if I am lucky enough to get a huge powder day I will hire some demo Fat rockered skis (thats a bit of money I hope I get to spend)

When I get back I will post up my thoughts of the K2 compared to manufacturers write up.   Im not experienced enough with muliple ski types  to compare ski to ski.  But maybe my measure of pre purchase expectations Vs promo talk will help you.






post #7 of 10

Dynastar Legend 94, look it up. good wet snow ski for Aus and Whistler. or any comparable ski.

post #8 of 10

I'm 58, back skiing the Pacific NW  (Oregon) after 20+ years away, 5'11" 195lbs.  Love my K2 Xplorers, 184cm, 84mm under foot.  Took me from nowhere to black diamond steeps in about 30 days of skiing.  AfterShock is K2's most equivalent ski in the current line, gets the typical rave reviews from the magazines.  If you get a system mount binding, changing boots will be simple.  I expect to upgrade my boots before I have to upgrade these skis.


Sure is easier to ski with current gear.  Hit the gym, stay out of the trees until you are used to current ski performance.  The 1980s are long gone.

post #9 of 10

To add to your info gathering.

I'm 6'3" currently 200lbs but spent most of the last 10 years at 220.


I have been lucky enough to tick off 16 different Canadian hills across all conditions. Did so on a pair of skis 177 long with 77 underfoot. Even did a few trips to Northern Japan with them.Wouldn't reccommend for deeper powder but will cover vast majority of inbounds resort skiing. If you live in NSW, there is currently a pair of used Nordica Nitrous skis on ebay at $199. Demo bindings. these would do the trick for skiing that you describe.


My current travellers that I use for everything are 96mm underfoot and 184cm. Can do anything on these, however, if its been spewing down I will hire something ridiculous e.g 195cm with 132 underfoot.


I find twin tips to be a very good all mountain option as well. my kids have them even though they aren't park monkeys. although the rear tip is to allow for skiing backwards they also have the all mountain benefit of skiing short. Means that on the packed snow you have the benefit of the shorter running length but when you get in to deeper stuff, you have the advantage of longer overall length. They will typically have about 90mm underfoot and you would be in the 180-185cm length.





post #10 of 10

for a reasonable subscription fee, realskiers.com has lots of good info about skis past and present.

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