I am going to start skiing again this winter and wanted to get some new gear. I have a couple sets of K2 GS race skis with Marker M54 racing turbo sc bindings. One set is tacoed pretty bad but the bindings are almost new. I have not been on shaped skis but I am going to get a new pair. I was thinking about the Rossignal E98. I am going to get fitted for a new pair of boots also. I want to keep my good set of GS race skis to do some racing with a few old friends on a city league, which we all are going to use old gear. My question is can the Marker M54 sc be mounted on a new set of skis? Or is not worth the hassle? How do shaped skis compare to the old style ski? Thank you for any advise.
Marker M54 racing turbo sc
The M54SC's are no longer indemnified which means no shop can touch, mount or work on that binding. Get new ones. As far as adjusting tot eh new technology, best thing I can tell you is that you should take a lesson. If you were skiing on sole old GS skis, I will guess that you were a pretty good skier so it will be just a patter of retraining your ski muscles for the new skiing technique.
Definitely listen to Philpug's equipment advice.
I switched to shaped 2 seasons ago and it took a solid 16hrs of skiing (spread over about 3 or 4 days) to get the feel of it (no lessons, but I had good advice from great skiers). Biggest difference, timing, once you get past that its really easy and will definitely bring you up a level if you are already good. Lessons from a good transitional instructor would be very good advice to fast track it.
By the way welcome to epic.
I went from a full GS race ski to a new FIS GS race ski and love it. Last season I purchased a used set of FIS SL boards and had a blast (still prefer the GS but fully understand the need for SL skis).
Hate to say it the newer skiers are a little more specific as to the application of what you are skiing, That hop on the OLD GS boards and rip anything just doesn't really do it anymore (despite me wishing it so).
At this point I would suggest you post a little more of your intentions and I'll let Phil make a few suggestions here (he's in the business).
A ski that I would first suggest is the ski that you mentioned in your initial post, the Rossi Experience 98, it is a modern ski that can be skied "old school", yet the more you evolve, the better the ski will become. I will say, be careful in that the ski skis long, for someone coming back into the sport, they will tend to buy a ski too long, the 188 is meant for someone over 6'
3" and 220+ lb. but really need more information about the skier and where he will be skiing. Very well, there are some other very good (or better) options. While a wider ski might loose a bit is edge to edge transition, you will gain a lot of versatility on the hill, width is only one aspect on how that ski will react. As far as the lesson part, yet it is good going out playing cat an mouse with your buds, but some time with a good coach can be invaluable. Remember, you don't know what you don't know.
I see what you are saying. I would not paddle out in big surf now because I know I would be doing more swimming then surfing kind of the same idea. Thank you for point of view. Maybe you can give me your advise on a set of skis. I skied heavily until I was 28, I am 40 now 6"2 205lbs, in the pacific northwest. I would snowboard on heavy powder days but skied most other days. I would buy a midweek season pass at Crystal, but managed to ski in Oregon and Canada a couple weeks a season. It is just hard to think I would have to relearn skiing, when it was such a natural thing to do. I do not plan on doing any hiking to make tracks anymore. I see my self skiing areas you can get to from a lift. I see that K2 makes the 5500 again, do they still have cracked steel? Maybe I don't need such a high performance ski. I was looking at the Rossi E98 and 88, Cham 87, and the Armada JJ. I don't mind buying a ski that would be good to get me back into things either (5500?). I don't want to deal with renting demo skis . Or I could just use my old skis, but wanted some newer gear. I am going to go to Skibonkers sale in Seattle and wanted to know what ski I wanted before I get there. Thank you again for your time and help
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I stop skiing because I started surfing more,moved to a warmer area and never looked back. Do you remember seeIng the powder 8 contests on TV? I don't think I am up to lessons anymore. I am sure I could always just point them and make big GS turns.(?) I always thought if you skied with people better then you that it progress your ability faster then lessons.Your buddy's don't have to be so polite. What ski did you change over on? Does a wider ski in the middle react much slower the a narrow ski? I mean does it take a lot more movement to go from edge to edge? I see these skis and they are so wide, I can see how it would help you in the powder, are they so wide so they can float more like a snowboard? Or does it make it easier to ski at lower speeds?
You have no idea of what a lesson or two will do for anyone especially if they are already in somewhat balance and can ski. Just a few pointers with the right instructor will give you years of fun and put a smile on your face.
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I'm warning you that after a day or two on the new skis you will no longer want to race on the old ones.
As far as lessons, modern ski technique is different, but not that different--you'll be able to ski right away and then you can decide on whether to spend the money on lessons, new boots (I know neither you nor anyone else has mentioned new boots, but it's coming), or a car with airbags and antilock brakes.