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First Time out west (Summit Co)--ski question

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My wife and I have some ski's in great condition, but are a few years old.  We're flying SW, so baggage fees v. demos is out of the picture.  She is an intermediate (started 3 years ago) and I've skied my whole life in Michigan.

 

I have some 160cm Rossignol Cut 10.4 104/67/94.  She has some 148cm Fischer VC 200lxi 102-63-90.

 

If we're in Summit County, and not skiing any crazy runs, what's the opinion on our gear v. something rented (or newer and wider)?

From what I've heard, the groomers we will ski there are just longer than the groomers in Michigan.  There still groomed. 

 

Any advice is appreciated.

 

 

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MOZILLA IS OUT OF CONTROL!

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You'll be fine. Ski what you have and are accustomed to.

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You'll be fine. Ski what you have and are accustomed to.



And, if you get a HUGE dump, then you can always demo and thank Ullr.

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The groomers will probably be a bit softer, but still doable with your carvers. And as said, you know them. If you get any significant snow, say over 3", it'll turn into chop on the groomers, would suggest renting something with rocker in the mid-80's to mid-90's. You'll look at them and think they're like water skis, will be impossible to turn. Until your first turn, and then you'll have a blast. 

post #6 of 9

You'll be fine.  When I first skied out West in the 1970s all skis were skinny.  I skied knee deep powder on skinny straight slalom race skis and had a ball.  And the groomed runs will ski like home - just better.

post #7 of 9
Unless, of course, you need to convince your wife that you need to buy new skis. In that case, Colorado snow is completely different, your old skis won't work, and you must hurry to the store. smile.gif
post #8 of 9

You'll be fine with your equipment, the groomers are generally less icy than midwest groomers and miles longer.  If the urge strikes you to run the soft snow or bumps then rentals are fairly reasonable.  Last year at Winter Park I had only my race skis with me which was primarily why I was there. 

 

Cost me about $50 to rent a set of K2 Rictors at WP base for the day I spent at Mary Jane - the race skis were miserable there ;)  Might have gotten some sort of discount on the rentals though, can't remember.

post #9 of 9

Actually,  you'll likely find your equipment works better on CO snow than MI snow.  Softer groomers are much more forgiving of poor equipment/tuning/technique,  etc.  Even if you're fortunate enough to get a big dump while you're here,  you'll have a blast regardless what sticks you're on.

 

If you want to venture off into deep untracked,  you'll likely find your skill limit with skinny skis.  Experienced powder hounds can probably ski waistdeep on x-country skis,  but wide planks make it SOOOOO much easier that even I can do it wink.gif  Other than that,  though,  you'll likely find that your current stuff works just fine.  Enjoy your trip!

 

AM.

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