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My new skis seem slow or I'm doing it all wrong.

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I had spent the first 27 years of my life disliking snow, until a friend introduced me to skiing. biggrin.gif I picked it up fairly quickly and was skiing blues by the end of the first day. Within a week I had picked up a season pass and some used gear ($100 poorly spent) and proceded to ski 8-10 hours/week for most of the season. The *almost* straight skis and oversized boots didn't cause too many issues until I began to conquer the easier blacks, so I began to buy new gear when a deal came along.


The new boots are a little flexy (70), but the proper fit has given me more control and doubled my confidence. My new found comfort, control, and confidence quickly led me to make an impulse buy on a new pair of Nordica Hot Rod Igniters (162cm), from the clearance rack. I was only able to spend a half day on them before the end of the season, but they seemed much slower than my circa 2000 Dynastars (150cm). I'm 5'4" and 165 lbs if it makes a difference. 


The old Dynastars have some shape to them, so I didn't have to relearn turning or anything. Did the new skis seem slow because I was more in control or was I doing something incorrectly that made them slow? 

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SInce you used your new ski at last day of season, was the snow wet from higher temperature? Wet snow creates suction and will slow any ski down. Or maybe you just need to wax them.
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Could be snow, or the wrong wax, or it could just be the new skis only felt slow because they were so good at skiing fast.  Unless you have some gps or radar or timing data to go by, I would not get too concerned about it. 


If I ski my SGs at 55 mph, it feels slow, like a walk in the park; if I ski a pair of cheap rentals or a worn out pair of old gs skis at 55 mph it feels like I'm going way too fast.  It's like motorcycles, try riding a Honda 250 CBR and an Interceptor 750cc and above (1983 750F to 2012 1200 VFR - any of them will work for this comparison) at 100 mph.  Both bikes will do 100 mph, but one feels very fast, the other not so much.

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St. Patty's day was rather warm, so it was probably a combination of slush and the new skis handling the speed better. I've played around on some old straight skis before and they're definitly is different approach to handling them. Is there a similar difference between the early shapes and the modern shaped that I need to figure out?

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TriXTroll: Welcome to Epicski and the fun side of snow!  Where are you skiing?


While there is definitely a difference going from straight skis to "shaped" skis, there is less of a transition from older shaped skis and current versions.  As you read threads about Gear, you'll get a feel for how "sidecut" and "rocker" impact what a ski is designed to do most naturally.  Have you heard the term "turn radius"?


If you haven't already found there, there are a lot of useful EpicSki articles about buying gear.  Click on Articles in the menu bar.

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So far I've only been to several of the small slopes in Ohio, on fake snow and lots of ice. My job involves frequent travel to West Virginia and Maryland, so I'm hoping I can plan a detour that takes me to Snowshoe next season. Until then, I can admire them everytime I get the lawn mower out. 


I hadn't read much about turn radius until after I had brought the new skis home, but was pleasantly suprised to learn about it first hand on the new skis when I tried them out.

Edited by TriXTroll - 4/18/13 at 2:29pm
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Aah, Ohio.  Have you been to Perfect North?  I think wolfelot decided that was the place that he liked the best in Ohio.  He moved to Columbus last year.  Has researched places in WV, PA, and NY for driving ski trips.  Might be worth sending him a PM (Private Message).


Canaan Valley and Timberline are worth considering in WV.  Cheaper than Snowshoe for sure.


Here's where wolfelot started asking questions related to living in Ohio:


post #8 of 8

Warm, slushy snow is very slow indeed compared to cool hardpack using the same ski and wax combination.  Last day of the season usually involves a lot of pushing just to get from the bottom of the trail to the lift corral regardless of your wax and base structure.  Your gear is probably just fine.  Dry them thoroughly, slather some storage (all purpose/universal is fine) wax on them, and put them up for summer ;-)

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