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Just switched from a 203 "skinny" ski to the Rossi E83. What do I need to do?

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I am an 7-8 level skier. Skied since I was 4, raced in High School and could ski most anything with confidence. Now 40 only ski 4-5 times a year but really struggled adjusting to the short E83' in 184 cms. I am 6'6" 210 aggressive and in shape. Really struggled feeling the ski through the turn and finding my balance point. Had to focus on getting more forward and over the ski which helped but it felt harder than it should. The ski is not a hard ski to work.

Boots are new Head Edge 100's but had it at 90 flex. Felt hard to flex the boot. Is that part of the problem? My left knee patella tendon is sore which is strange. Conditions were shitty but I am at a loss.
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The ski should do almost everything easily and with subtle input, very much the same as with the old straight boards.

 

I recommend taking it easy on the flats just standing up like you're waiting in line at the coffee shop, maybe bend zee knees a bit.

 

Feel how the tips engage as you tip them slightly left and right.  

 

Add more input as needed but you should feel the tips move left right left with just a gentle touch.  As the tips cross in front of your feet feel how the ski bends and edges engage in a nice easy carve.

 

It takes a good feel of the front half of the ski working and drifting what allows repeated direction changes.  The tails then can be explored at the end of the turn but tail only input makes for less fun.

 

Oh yes, rotate thighs beneath the hip socket in direction of your next turn.

 

Good luck.

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As for specific tips its hard to provide much without some video or at least a few pics, but here is what I can say for sure.

 

 

Boots - a 90 flex for a level 7-8 skier who is 6'6 and 210lbs solid...is extremely soft.  I would think you would want at least a 130 if not more.

 

Knee pain - that is common on wider skis on hard-pack, as the skis want to "role flat" this place torque on your knees.

post #4 of 7

Go to your local resort and hire a professional instructor for an hour. It really is worth the money. He/she  will be able to show you how to ski these new skis gracefully in the most efficient manner  and answer all of your questions.

 

Karl
 

post #5 of 7

Boots too soft!

 

Get video!!!!

 

Have you tried shuffling and stepping drills? Can you tell if you are finishing your turns with your upper body facing the ski tips more than facing the inside of the next turn?

 

At 4-5 times/year it's going to be hard to make a lot of progress.

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Agree boots are way too soft for one.  Check sagittal plane alignment if you are having difficulty flexing that boot because something is not right!?

 

If you are a good skier and were able to carve turns on your straight skis, you really only need to tip them up on edge to feel the carving abilities of the new skis.  Less twisting, more tipping.

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I would make sure ball of foot is on center of running surface.

 

 The new shape skis bend by just tipping. The straight skis took a little more skill to bend. The fundamentals are still the same. A shape ski is a little slower from edge to edge do to its width compared to the old skinny straight skis & for/aft is thrown off a little more in certain conditions such as skied out powder.

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