Hi. Would S7s be a good ski for me to learn to ski fresh snow/powder/crud? Until now I've mostly stuck to front-side groomers.
On 3/19 I demo'd S7s on a fresh snow day at Deer Valley on runs/conditions I would never attempt with my front-side carvers - and I had fun! I want to learn how to ski pow, fresh snow, and skied-out crud.
Would S7s be a good ski on which I could learn? I'm a pure novice in these conditions -- I've spent my ski career on front side groomers. I've never demo'd a fat ski other than the S7s. From my limited experience, I think they would be a good ski for me -- but should I consider something else as a learning ski?
OH -- what would be a good binding for this type of ski in these conditions -- how about a Rossi FKS?
Thanks for any thoughts.
Me: 55 years old. Since 2000, I skied 5-10 days/year in the west -- then I retired, and now live in Park City UT.
During 2010-11, I skied about 50 days. So far during 2011-12 I've skied 65 days. My plan is to continue skiing until they stick me in an old-folks home.
Almost all of the above slope time is on front-side groomers. To be honest, I've been afraid of lack of control in deeper snow, which of course is a function of training & equipment & practice.
SO... step one is equipment. Hence my S7 question. Prior to buying them, I thought I'd ask the collective wisdom to see if this is a reasonable ski for me to use to learn.
I am not a "powerful" skier with tons of leg strength. On groomers, if the lines are clear & runs are not crowded, I'll go quite fast - but I am clearly no racer. My fear is a mismatch of velocity between me and a slower, unpredictable skier or snowboarder who might just "change lanes" - so to prevent an accident I'll slow down when I approach other slower skiers and pass in control (or sometimes I'll decide I just don't want to pass because the other skier/boarder is unpredictable). I'll ski black runs (non-bump only) by skiing down with only a handful of turns assuming the way is clear. I'm not afraid of velocity on groomers.
In fresh snow - say boot high or above, I am an absolute novice -- meek and frankly fearful of velocity & losing control & eating it. I understand from reading other threads here that velocity is your friend on a fresh snow or powder run - but I need the right equipment & training & experience to overcome my fear of losing control. Ditto on bump runs.
Any equipment thoughts would be appreciated.
(OH -- any thoughts on instructors for dump days would also be appreciated!)