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Longest ski you used for ballet skiing?

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I know that this is going to have some repercussions, but what is the longest length you ever used for ballet skiing (at least what you might call ballet skiing, no offense to those that actually skied ballet and still do).

 

Back when I was not as old, I tried anything related to skiing.  One of those things was ballet.  Down side was I had at that time 210's and weight less than about 115lbs.  While I never skied ballet well it did teach me a lot about ski control, flex, balance and most importantly how not to drive my face into the snow when doing a tip roll or cross over step with the 210's.

 

For those that ski it well my hats off, for me at least don't laugh to hard when you think of ballet and 210's.

 

Cheers and let it snow.

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Nobody with one ounce of self respect will be willing to admit ever having been involved in ballet skiing. Come to think of it, I do not believe having ever heard about ballet skiing; let alone practiced it.

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I learned reuels and 360 spins on 205's, tip drag and javelin spins on 180's and crossovers, tip rolls and more complex moves on 160's. These days I use 140's or 150's and my bag of tricks is somewhat smaller simply because I don't bend (or mend) so good any more.

 

I particularly enjoy cutting reuels past the ski school while the instructor is explaining to her young charges why they shouldn't put too much weight on the the inside ski.

 

I'm such a bad example. :D

 

My self respect is quite intact, BTW, and my kids and their friends say I'm "sick". (I'm told that's supposed to be a compliment.)


Edited by Morrison Claystone - 9/10/13 at 10:56am
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My son waterski jumps on 94" or 96" jumpers (about 240cm +). They are rather heavy - don't pack too much extra if you want to make the airline weight limit. At Regionals he and his buddies decided to jump off the 6' ramp for the first time. Everyone was watching waiting for the entertaining crashes. Kirk goes out the back and lands in a ball of spray. He hangs on and skis his right ski over the left. Now he is on his right ski with the left ski behind him parallel to the water, perpendicular to the right ski at about butt height. He rides the jump out like that to score it then twists the ski back to position. What is the ballet name for that trick?
Eric
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Originally Posted by Pacobillie View Post
 

Nobody with one ounce of self respect will be willing to admit ever having been involved in ballet skiing. Come to think of it, I do not believe having ever heard about ballet skiing; let alone practiced it.

 

Key word here is not as old (about 34 years ago to be more accurate).  My thought back then was if its skiing its all good, its amazing what you can actually learn from all the different methods and how they co-relate.  The other reason was some of the girls were really cute that skied ballet.

 

Eric.... THINK SNOW ;)......however I think everyone would be impressed if he used his waterski jump skis on the snow and was doing ballet :D.  Not sure what it would be called but it would be interesting to say the least.

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204's were what I started ballet maneuvers with. Never good enough to compete but sure helps skiing. Now with the new designs I play with 180's.

 

 I still say some of the best balance and  survival recovery (learn to stay upright no matter what) training you can do. Definitely still useful training and play. Up on the mountain on a crummy day, summit is closed and half the lifts are shut down due to storm, stay on the easy stuff low and practice ballet for fun and skill improvement.

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My name is Karen and I admit, I did freestyle skiing--including ballet--and loved it alongside moguls. (I was a wimpy aerialist.) I'm 5'4" and did freestyle in the 80s and I used 140s.

 

 

 

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