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post #31 of 45

Make sure your boots are comfortable (snug but not painful) and that your skis are not too long- our slope side rental shop at Golden Peak puts our never ever adults on 124 to 146 cm skis and those that rent elsewhere and show up with 160-176s tend to struggle.  Have proper ski gear including ski socks and an under amour type base layer- lots of beginners sweat as they are learning new movements and trying to find their balance.  

 

If you are having trouble finding the front of your boot (aka not balanced over the center of your ski or leaning back) try gliding backwards (switch) for 5 or 10 feet on a low angle slope into a flat run out. 

 

Agree about not over terraining- much easier to learn when you are not in survival mode.

post #32 of 45
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Awesome. Thanks again for everything.
post #33 of 45
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Well.....Just got back from going to Snow Creek.  I took a 3 hour lesson and at the end was able to go down the black run (which they said is likely around an easy-mid difficulty blue at Vail).  I am in love!!

 

I'd say a few things I need to work on would be turning to the left (I tore all the ligaments in my right ankle so when using the outside edge to left it ends up being my right side and I can do it just fine, but I don't have a ton of confidence with it just yet to make as hard of turns as I can with my left leg. I started working on how to use my poles towards the end of the lesson and I think I could also improve with that and just making better turns.  I also just need to get used to ski length as I'm used to ice skates being much shorter.  They did give me some short skis as a beginner, but still just seem unnatural to me at the beginning.  I got more and more used to them as time went on.

 

So much fun, I can't wait for Vail!!

post #34 of 45
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Well.....Just got back from going to Snow Creek.  I took a 3 hour lesson and at the end was able to go down the black run (which they said is likely around an easy-mid difficulty blue at Vail).  I am in love!!

I'd say a few things I need to work on would be turning to the left (I tore all the ligaments in my right ankle so when using the outside edge to left it ends up being my right side and I can do it just fine, but I don't have a ton of confidence with it just yet to make as hard of turns as I can with my left leg. I started working on how to use my poles towards the end of the lesson and I think I could also improve with that and just making better turns.  I also just need to get used to ski length as I'm used to ice skates being much shorter.  They did give me some short skis as a beginner, but still just seem unnatural to me at the beginning.  I got more and more used to them as time went on.

So much fun, I can't wait for Vail!!

Welcome to the addiction!
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Welcome to the addiction!

 

Haha, Addiction might be putting it mildly. I'm definitely hooked.

post #36 of 45

Glad you could make good use of the KS snowstorm!  I can imagine some boot shopping at Vail.  Much better boot fitters there than in KS.  wink.gif

 

Have you used a BOSU for balance exercises?  Check out this one geared towards ski conditioning.

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Well.....Just got back from going to Snow Creek.  I took a 3 hour lesson and at the end was able to go down the black run (which they said is likely around an easy-mid difficulty blue at Vail).  I am in love!!

 

I'd say a few things I need to work on would be turning to the left (I tore all the ligaments in my right ankle so when using the outside edge to left it ends up being my right side and I can do it just fine, but I don't have a ton of confidence with it just yet to make as hard of turns as I can with my left leg. I started working on how to use my poles towards the end of the lesson and I think I could also improve with that and just making better turns.  I also just need to get used to ski length as I'm used to ice skates being much shorter.  They did give me some short skis as a beginner, but still just seem unnatural to me at the beginning.  I got more and more used to them as time went on.

 

So much fun, I can't wait for Vail!!

post #37 of 45
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Glad you could make good use of the KS snowstorm!  I can imagine some boot shopping at Vail.  Much better boot fitters there than in KS.  wink.gif

 

Have you used a BOSU for balance exercises?  Check out this one geared towards ski conditioning.

 

Yeah I've used one of those before during hockey dryland training. And I also enjoy yoga so most of that is pretty familiar.  Looks like some good work for balance to combine the two

post #38 of 45

Here's a few ski conditioning drills that emphasize knee injury prevention.  My impression is that you are probably strong enough to do them.  You are going to blow away your friends at Vail with all this preparation.

 

post #39 of 45
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I live in Kansas City now so the closest real skiing would be Colorado.


Not necessarily.  Lindsey Vonn and many others came up from places the same size as Snow Creek out by KC.  Skiing there or other smaller hills doesn't suck as much as not skiing hahaha..

post #40 of 45
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Just got back from Vail and I had a blast.

 

I took a lesson the first day and was a level 5 by end of day.  Tons of fresh powder. Awesome, but also difficult for the first day. Went down Born Free for the last run of the day. 

 

Second day we took it kind of easy because of the US Open.  We basically just made our way over to watch that for a little bit and then kind of moved slowly across the mountain.

 

The third day was when we kicked it up a notch by heading out to Blue Sky Basin.  I think some of my favorite runs were off Pete's Express.  We also hit up the back bowls and China Bowl is a lot of fun.

 

Then on our last day we had more fresh powder and it was a ton of fun.  We went to all of our favorite runs and made it out to Blue Sky when it opened. Then I made sure I made a few runs down Game Creek Bowl as well.  I think Blue Sky and Game Creek were my two favorite spots on the mountain!

 

I made some really good progress throughout and was able to go down any blue and a few blacks by the end of the week.

 

Can't wait to go skiing again!

post #41 of 45

Thanks for the update!  Glad all your prep paid off.  Very lucky to get the chance to experience powder on your first trip out west. biggrin.gif  

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Just got back from Vail and I had a blast.

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Can't wait to go skiing again!

post #42 of 45
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Got a PM to update this thread.

 

Since starting, I've advanced pretty quickly. Vail was a lot of fun for my first ski trip. I know have a good pair of boots, Lange XT 120s that are a great fit for my feet. Next on the list are some skis. Trying to narrow that down, but there are so many options.

 

We went to Big Sky this past year as our big trip and I am now able to go down just about any black runs and some off-piste. We went off the top off Lone Peak and had a lot of fun in the trees on the Moonlight Basin side.

 

I really think having an athletic background and being in pretty good shape has helped a ton. There have been times I've found myself in not very good stance or in trouble and I've been able to get out of it with strong legs and a strong core. Hockey balance translates very well to skiing and speed can be addicting :)

 

Let me know if anyone has questions about my journey or about learning to ski as a hockey player/athlete.

post #43 of 45
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Got a PM to update this thread.

 

Since starting, I've advanced pretty quickly. Vail was a lot of fun for my first ski trip. I know have a good pair of boots, Lange XT 120s that are a great fit for my feet. Next on the list are some skis. Trying to narrow that down, but there are so many options.

 

We went to Big Sky this past year as our big trip and I am now able to go down just about any black runs and some off-piste. We went off the top off Lone Peak and had a lot of fun in the trees on the Moonlight Basin side.

 

I really think having an athletic background and being in pretty good shape has helped a ton. There have been times I've found myself in not very good stance or in trouble and I've been able to get out of it with strong legs and a strong core. Hockey balance translates very well to skiing and speed can be addicting :)

 

Let me know if anyone has questions about my journey or about learning to ski as a hockey player/athlete.


Great to have an update!  Gee, Vail, Big Sky . . . that's a nice way to start a ski trip habit.

 

Have you considered checking out demo skis during your next trip out west?  My first ski week after I started skiing more was to north Tahoe.  I brought my boots and rented skis all week.  I rented off mountain but changed skis daily just to try a few different options.  Repeated the one that I liked the best.  Then bought a pair at a great price the following summer.

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Great to have an update!  Gee, Vail, Big Sky . . . that's a nice way to start a ski trip habit.

 

Have you considered checking out demo skis during your next trip out west?  My first ski week after I started skiing more was to north Tahoe.  I brought my boots and rented skis all week.  I rented off mountain but changed skis daily just to try a few different options.  Repeated the one that I liked the best.  Then bought a pair at a great price the following summer.

Yeah I demoed some Soul 7s and Cham 97s at Big Sky.  Just hard to buy around here as I pretty much have to either play the online ski shopping lottery or wait to be closer to a resort.

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Great to have an update!  Gee, Vail, Big Sky . . . that's a nice way to start a ski trip habit.

 

Have you considered checking out demo skis during your next trip out west?  My first ski week after I started skiing more was to north Tahoe.  I brought my boots and rented skis all week.  I rented off mountain but changed skis daily just to try a few different options.  Repeated the one that I liked the best.  Then bought a pair at a great price the following summer.

Yeah I demoed some Soul 7s and Cham 97s at Big Sky.  Just hard to buy around here as I pretty much have to either play the online ski shopping lottery or wait to be closer to a resort.


Which did you like better?  Or did you find them about the same?  I like both Rossi and Dynastar in general.  When I rent, those are brands I look for.

 

Since I live in NC, I've never bought a ski locally.  There are ski shops in my area but they don't carry the brands that I like.  Nothing available that I would bother to take on a trip out west. I've bought used skis from forum members, skis from eBay, and skis online.  Not a problem.  So far, I've found what I wanted during the summer.  But I start looking in the late season.  That can be earlier than you might think.  Late Feb and March is not too soon to start getting an idea of prices.  For demo skis, definitely can't wait to long.

 

It's buying boots that needs to be done locally or in ski country.  Lucky for me, there is a small ski shop that's been around for 20+ years that is 30 min from my house.  Just got my second pair of boots from there last March during their late season sale.  Got a deal that was pretty much the same as any online price . . . which would not have included any fitting or future tweaks.  Have been back twice, once soon after and again after my April trip to Alta.

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