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I miss skinny skis!

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Of course I'm waxing nostalgic here but I really miss skinny skis, circa 1980's.  I have crazy thigh burn and I'm assuming it's my inability to carve effortlessly on new gear?!  We didn't worry about all this carving back on skinny skis.  Anyhow, any advice on what I could be doing wrong?  Also, my boots are off the rack and feel a little sloppy.

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Welcome to Epic A.P.

 

Having just switch from straights (205's) just over a year ago.  Yes thigh burn during the first day or 2 was an issue.  If your a good skier you might get away with making the transition yourself to the shaped skis and if this is the case it took me about 16 hours of solid effort to do so (over about 4 days of skiing).  The better alternative is that you seek a transitional instructor that can show you the differences and help change whats needed.

 

Here is my quick take on whats different.  A lot of things that you where taught not to do on straights is done on shaped (in moderation of course). Second is timing.  It is slightly different.  Third is stance (slightly more crouched) hence the thigh burn after the switch.

 

Trust me when I say, once you got it figured out, your skiing will improve at least a level or three and put smiles on your face.

 

As to boots, I won't go there but a good snug fit is important and others will definitely give better advice than I.

 

Welcome to the dark side of skiing yahoo.gif.

post #3 of 10

Crouched Stance?  Stand up and ski like a maneek.gif....  Your thighs will thank you.

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I think there's an excellent vid by klaus maier (spelling) on yahoo on  'sofaskischool' though I have a beter vid on my site 'barstoolskischool'. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vlzIkIQa3e0

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Crouched Stance?  Stand up and ski like a maneek.gif....  Your thighs will thank you.

Sorry for not saying it correctly, but on the shaped skis you do have a slightly lower stance. Just enough to notice the difference in the being.

 

Note I did suggest a good instructor wink.gif

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There is no reason to have a "slightly lower stance" than you would have had on straight skis unless you had really bad habits on straight skis.

The ease of manipulating shaped skis--used properly--is letting old guys like me (73) keep skiing.
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Thanks for all the info!  I think I may be in the dreaded backseat, so I will definitely be trying out some of these tips this weekend.  We're supposed to be getting some snow here in the northeast!  YAY! snowfalling.gif
 

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Originally Posted by Atomic Punk View Post

Of course I'm waxing nostalgic here but I really miss skinny skis, circa 1980's.  I have crazy thigh burn and I'm assuming it's my inability to carve effortlessly on new gear?!  We didn't worry about all this carving back on skinny skis.  Anyhow, any advice on what I could be doing wrong?  Also, my boots are off the rack and feel a little sloppy.


Could just be that you are carving 6 times as many turns in a day as you were prior to switching, and aren't used to the extra work.

 

If you want folks to tell you what you are doing wrong, post video.  You will get lots of critique.

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There is no reason to have a "slightly lower stance" than you would have had on straight skis unless you had really bad habits on straight skis.

The ease of manipulating shaped skis--used properly--is letting old guys like me (73) keep skiing.

I skied legs tight together and very upright biggrin.gif old school Austrian (unless pushed of course) because I could.  Bad habit maybe, maybe not.

 

But I must say the slight drop (about an inch from my old stance) and a slightly wider stance (skis not as one biggrin.gif) does allow for the difference in technique required.  The difference is enough that my wife can't recognize me by how I ski anymore from the bottom unless I go to the "old style".  I don't mean get into the back seat ever (didn't work on straight skis, doesn't work on shaped and it skids the turns too much on either).  BTW I have learned that the GS FIS skis quickly punish bad habits and encourge improvement or else eek.gif.  Do it right or pay.

As to the ease, well at 48 I feel like I'm 16-17 ready to pound slopes into submission yahoo.gif.

 

Kneale,  I like your comments as you do understand as an instructor (amongest a few others) old and new, so when you make suggestions I do listen and suggest that others do.

 

Thanks, I keep a mental list of those I would love to ski with,  time, location permitting to improve and you are amoung them.  Hope I last as long as you are.

 

Keep skiing.

 

G

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Originally Posted by Kneale Brownson View Post

There is no reason to have a "slightly lower stance" than you would have had on straight skis unless you had really bad habits on straight skis.

The ease of manipulating shaped skis--used properly--is letting old guys like me (73) keep skiing.

I skied legs tight together and very upright biggrin.gif old school Austrian (unless pushed of course) because I could.  Bad habit maybe, maybe not.

 

But I must say the slight drop (about an inch from my old stance) and a slightly wider stance (skis not as one biggrin.gif) does allow for the difference in technique required.  The difference is enough that my wife can't recognize me by how I ski anymore from the bottom unless I go to the "old style".  I don't mean get into the back seat ever (didn't work on straight skis, doesn't work on shaped and it skids the turns too much on either).  BTW I have learned that the GS FIS skis quickly punish bad habits and encourge improvement or else eek.gif.  Do it right or pay.

As to the ease, well at 48 I feel like I'm 16-17 ready to pound slopes into submission yahoo.gif.

 

Kneale,  I like your comments as you do understand as an instructor (amongest a few others) old and new, so when you make suggestions I do listen and suggest that others do.

 

Thanks, I keep a mental list of those I would love to ski with,  time, location permitting to improve and you are amoung them.  Hope I last as long as you are.

 

Keep skiing.

 

G


I used a lower wider stance on the old straight SG skis.   Now I'm trying not to crouch like a cat about to pounce and to stand up in between turns, but that's just to correct a 45 year old bad habit, not because I'm skiing shaped skis.

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