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Choosing gear for a semi-disabled woman [intermediate in PA]

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Hello, this is my first post!

 

I was developing into a pretty decent skier a few years ago, loving the blue and black runs. I was getting into carving, although I will admit that I was skidding the turns on the steepest runs (double black at Liberty and Whitetail resorts, if anyone is familiar with southern PA). 

 

And then I was diagnosed with MS August 2011. I still love to ski, but it is hard with this new body. Here are some issues I have:

-Reduced strength, more in my left leg than right

-Ataxia, more in my right leg than left. Ataxia means that even if your muscles are strong, they do not obey your brain. A drunk person's walk is very ataxic. I am not that severe, but you get the idea--can't rely on my body to do what I say.

-Fatigue, so I need to rest several times on each run (on the short, southern PA runs)

-Balance worse than before

 

I am 35, 5'5", 174 lbs. I ski nothing but groomers. I have some Dynastar Sensations from around 2008, when I first started skiing. They are alright, but I am looking for something that might meet my needs better. 

 

Here is what I am looking for in a ski, although I am very open to feedback:

-Lightweight

-Made for women

-On the short side? (Thinking this might help with control and reduce fatigue)

-Appropriate for groomers

-Gives me "enough ski" that I can enjoy blacks again. Right now it is so much work that I have to rest an hour if I go down a black run. On the other hand, I don't want too much ski to control.

 

I know that I have oddly specific needs, but any ideas would be greatly appreciated. I will be going to my local shop, Princeton Sports, but I wonder if they will have the selection and expertise to meet my needs.

 

Thanks for your help!

post #2 of 7

Welcome to EpicSki!  Whitetail is a pretty nice place for Mid-Atlantic skiing.  What length are your current skis?

 

Paging @Trekchick for ski advice.

post #3 of 7

Welcome to EpicSki.  And congratulations for refusing to quit when many people would.  Don't expect your local shop to be able to offer any truly helpful advice.  I know nothing about the ski areas you mention but contact them and find out if they have an adaptive program or if there are any adaptive certified instructors in their ski schools preferably level 2 at least; that might be your best bet for information.

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Thread Starter 
My current skis are 148, if I remember correctly. I was lighter when I bought them (darn medications), and I was kind of a beginner.

There are adaptive programs at both places, but I have not found it to be super helpful. They just keep working on my technique. Like they will say hm, your left turns look so much better than right. And I say yes, my right leg doesn't listen to me so well, plus my left hip does not move well due to tight tendons. So they say just keep practicing. I guess I'm not like other disabled people. Maybe I just need to hit on the right instructor.
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Originally Posted by beachcomber13 View Post
 

Hello, this is my first post!

 

I was developing into a pretty decent skier a few years ago, loving the blue and black runs. I was getting into carving, although I will admit that I was skidding the turns on the steepest runs (double black at Liberty and Whitetail resorts, if anyone is familiar with southern PA). 

 

And then I was diagnosed with MS August 2011. I still love to ski, but it is hard with this new body. Here are some issues I have:

-Reduced strength, more in my left leg than right

-Ataxia, more in my right leg than left. Ataxia means that even if your muscles are strong, they do not obey your brain. A drunk person's walk is very ataxic. I am not that severe, but you get the idea--can't rely on my body to do what I say.

-Fatigue, so I need to rest several times on each run (on the short, southern PA runs)

-Balance worse than before

 

I am 35, 5'5", 174 lbs. I ski nothing but groomers. I have some Dynastar Sensations from around 2008, when I first started skiing. They are alright, but I am looking for something that might meet my needs better. 

 

Here is what I am looking for in a ski, although I am very open to feedback:

-Lightweight

-Made for women

-On the short side? (Thinking this might help with control and reduce fatigue)

-Appropriate for groomers

-Gives me "enough ski" that I can enjoy blacks again. Right now it is so much work that I have to rest an hour if I go down a black run. On the other hand, I don't want too much ski to control.

 

I know that I have oddly specific needs, but any ideas would be greatly appreciated. I will be going to my local shop, Princeton Sports, but I wonder if they will have the selection and expertise to meet my needs.

 

Thanks for your help!

Hi Beachcomber - Welcome to EpicSki. 

 

MS can play some major games with your body, that's for sure.   If I were you I'd look at something in the K2 Super Line, Or if you're looking at a 2015 ski, look at the Potion line. 

For a front side ski try to stay away from skis that have a system binding.  Flat mount skis will be lighter and will give you options with the binding that you can make adjustments to as the MS changes how you ski. 

 

Think of something like the K2 Superbright 90,(2014) or the Potion 84 or 90.  Another option is to wait for 2015 skis and get the new Blizzard Cheyenne.  at 77mm under foot, its lightweight, flat mount, super versatile, very nimble and most of all, light weight.....(I said that twice for a reason) 

 

The narrower ski will be easier to turn, but the wider ski will give you a little more stable platform. 

 

If you're sticking to skis from 2014, I'll do some digging to find a few more flat options for you. 

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Thank you, that is so helpful. The guy at the ski shop suggested Rossi Temptation 78 (I think it was the 78), which I believe was because that was what he had. They did not have much stock left.

 

I called around and nowhere nearby had the K2 you suggested. That is one beautiful-looking ski, by the way. It is always a bonus when a good ski has nice graphics. :)

 

I guess waiting until the fall would be the best thing. I'll have to deal with my skis or maybe try out some demos on my little trip this week. We decided to jet up to one of the little places in PA (I live in MD) for the latest storm of the century. We have gotten so much snow this year!!

 

Again, thank you very much for your help. I made note of your recommendations.

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Originally Posted by beachcomber13 View Post
 

Thank you, that is so helpful. The guy at the ski shop suggested Rossi Temptation 78 (I think it was the 78), which I believe was because that was what he had. They did not have much stock left.

 

I called around and nowhere nearby had the K2 you suggested. That is one beautiful-looking ski, by the way. It is always a bonus when a good ski has nice graphics. :)

 

I guess waiting until the fall would be the best thing. I'll have to deal with my skis or maybe try out some demos on my little trip this week. We decided to jet up to one of the little places in PA (I live in MD) for the latest storm of the century. We have gotten so much snow this year!!

 

Again, thank you very much for your help. I made note of your recommendations.

The 2014 (and previous) Temptation 78 has a very specific turn shape and is somewhat stiff (but not seriously stiff) for someone who's looking for a forgiving ski that rips.  

I'll keep my eyes open for something here and let you know if I find a deal. 

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