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New skier [in NH]

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Hey guys,

 

I just found this site yesterday and figured I would post to introduce myself and see if you guys have any tips for me.  

 

Yesterday was my first day ever on skis and I had a blast so I am going back again later today for round 2.  I am usually a snowboarder and work with the patrol at my local mountain, I am also a collegiate hockey player and people had told me that being able to skate would help me.  I had been meaning to try skiing since the start of this season and finally decided to grab some rental gear and do it yesterday.

 

my first 2 runs were a little shaky but I was able to do a wedge and turn in a wedge.  by the end of the day I was linking turns going down our black diamonds, I wasn't going wicked fast but I was able to link them with good technique most of the time.  

 

Even tho our season ends out here pretty soon I am looking into picking up my own gear.

 

what are some good brands? any tips for the new guy?

 

Thanks.

post #2 of 6

Welcome to EpicSki!  You're doing pretty well if you made it down a black run on your first day.  Hockey/skating experience is clutch from what I've seen teaching.  (You can actually 'skate' through carved turns if you take longer, slower strides than you're used to.  Just no crossovers.  wink.gif)

 

Unfortunately your questions are so vague that it's hard to answer them.

 

If you page back through the 'Beginner Zone' forum (the one you posted in) there are some threads with advice for beginners and on gear.

 

There are so many skis out there that it's hard to offer any kind of advice without knowing more about you, where you are going to be skiing, and what kind of conditions are present there.  As a start you might try asking some of your fellow two-planked patrollers for advice; they would certainly know what works in the local conditions.

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Welcome to skiing!  Did you check out this recent thread about a hockey player who is now hooked on skiing after a trip to Vail?

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/117292/first-time-for-a-former-hockey-player

 

Check out the EpicSki articles by clicking on Articles in the Epicski menu bar.  Several are related to first time buyers.  Now is a great time to get deals during late season closeout sales.  Be good to get recommendations from your patrol friends about a local ski shop with a good boot fitter.  Needless to say, buying ski boots is a completely different experience than snowboard boots.

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Originally Posted by Matthias99 View Post

Welcome to EpicSki!  You're doing pretty well if you made it down a black run on your first day.  Hockey/skating experience is clutch from what I've seen teaching.  (You can actually 'skate' through carved turns if you take longer, slower strides than you're used to.  Just no crossovers.  wink.gif)

 

Unfortunately your questions are so vague that it's hard to answer them.

 

If you page back through the 'Beginner Zone' forum (the one you posted in) there are some threads with advice for beginners and on gear.

 

There are so many skis out there that it's hard to offer any kind of advice without knowing more about you, where you are going to be skiing, and what kind of conditions are present there.  As a start you might try asking some of your fellow two-planked patrollers for advice; they would certainly know what works in the local conditions.

 

 

Thanks for the welcome, I have been asking some of the other patrollers about a boot fitter but havent really got any recommendations yet.  as far as where I am skiing, I am in NH so most of my skiing is gonna be in the northeast.  I have used a pair of elan's in 160 and then a pair of elan twin tips in 135(way too short but all the rental shop has), I am 5'11" and weigh about 150.  I think i wanna stick with twin tips, not really sure why but I like the way they look.

 

I also managed to do the double blacks at my mountain, only thing I havent done yet is the moguls.  I wanna work on my short radius turns a little more before I attempt the bumps.

 

 

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Originally Posted by marznc View Post

Welcome to skiing!  Did you check out this recent thread about a hockey player who is now hooked on skiing after a trip to Vail?

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/117292/first-time-for-a-former-hockey-player

 

Check out the EpicSki articles by clicking on Articles in the Epicski menu bar.  Several are related to first time buyers.  Now is a great time to get deals during late season closeout sales.  Be good to get recommendations from your patrol friends about a local ski shop with a good boot fitter.  Needless to say, buying ski boots is a completely different experience than snowboard boots.

 

Thanks, I did see that thread and read the first few posts before I had to run to class.  I will definitely look at those articles. I plan on spending most of my budget on boots, the rental boots i have been using aren't terrible but my feet really start to hurt after a couple runs in them.

post #5 of 6

Here's an old thread from 2007 about boot fitters in NH.  Might give you a place to start.

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/58749/good-boot-fitter-in-sourthern-nh

 

Added something to your thread title to make it a little more specific.  Sometimes that helps.

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Originally Posted by marznc View Post

Here's an old thread from 2007 about boot fitters in NH.  Might give you a place to start.

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/58749/good-boot-fitter-in-sourthern-nh

 

Added something to your thread title to make it a little more specific.  Sometimes that helps.

I appreciate it.  thanks!

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