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I just got off the phone with "Sports Chalet" asking some real simple questions. First, I'm from the East Cost and learned how to SKI on mostly Ice. That was back when you had "GS" and "Slalom" Skis. The larger the Ski, (Eroupe Standerds)  the Ski would track better, edge better, and much more of a solid SKI. Now I'm hearing that the new Skis are much smaller and thicker (No More 210s or 220s to Ski on) which makes me think that Sking now a days takes absolutely no skill because the Skis are way too short, too wide, and you don't need to place any effort in the sport. The Skis, Skis you instead of you Sking the Ski...Am I missing something here????

 

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Profoundly.

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No skill here, just hang on & enjoy the ride!

 

JF

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Yup, first day I was ripping down double black's. No skill what so ever....
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Originally Posted by RangerVet68 View Post

I just got off the phone with "Sports Chalet" asking some real simple questions. First, I'm from the East Cost and learned how to SKI on mostly Ice. That was back when you had "GS" and "Slalom" Skis. The larger the Ski, (Eroupe Standerds)  the Ski would track better, edge better, and much more of a solid SKI. Now I'm hearing that the new Skis are much smaller and thicker (No More 210s or 220s to Ski on) which makes me think that Sking now a days takes absolutely no skill because the Skis are way too short, too wide, and you don't need to place any effort in the sport. The Skis, Skis you instead of you Sking the Ski...Am I missing something here????

 



Yeah, you're missing a lot. If anything, I think the new side-cut skis allow good skiers to ski better than before. Bad skiers are still bad skiers.

 

P.S. What's with the Random capitalization of "ski"s?

 

P.P.S. Welcome to Epic Ski! Stick around and read some and post some and learn some!

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To answer the question somewhat seriously (if in fact the question was even serious at all)....  I just got back into skiing again about 3 years ago after about 15 years off.  But I started skiing when I was 5 and skied for the next 17 years after that.  When I stopped skiing I was on 210's.  Powder skiing mean skiing up to your knees or waist in powder--there was no such thing as skiing on "top" of the powder.  

 

My first day back on skis the rental place put me on like 170s or something and I was like WTF.  On the other hand it was like not a single day had gone by since I had last skied.  I doubt if it would have been that easy if I was back on my skinny Fischer 210's again.

 

So yes, modern ski designs help you ski crappier snow better faster and make turning, skidding, jumping of rails or whatever much easier also--but you still have to know how to ski in the first place.  However, IMO modern ski designs also enable the flip side, which is really crappy skiers skiing way too fast, out of control, etc. than they ever would have been able to on old ski designs.  This is part of the reason everyone wears helmets now too---it's more for your protection from being bashed by out of control skiers/boarders than anything else.

 

But to say you don't have to put effort anymore is pure BS, unless you're just cruising greens at like 10mph or something....  

 

 

 

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They still make race skis. buy some.

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Originally Posted by davluri View Post

They still make race skis. buy some.


But they're shorter and not straight.  He wouldn't like them.

 

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