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Hello all-

 

I have been rollerblading for over 20yrs. 40yr old female. I also ice-skate, run, do yoga, and bike all year round (why let the ice/snow/wind stop me!). Anyhow, went skiing for the first time last week. Found it to be really easy and fun. Fell once, first trip down. This doesn't bother me. So I am fearless or foolish depending on how you look at it. Granted I am in WI so how hard can the hills be?  Did the bunny hill once and the remainder of the day skied the black diamond at Alpine Valley.

 

No problems stopping (used my hockey stop). Oddly found it harder to turn right than left so I just lifted my left ski off the snow, problem solved. I was a bit slower (not much) than my friend who is really a quite good skier. I had her go in front of me so when she turned, I turned. She said I needed to learn how to be more graceful. I can do this, I am a graceful roller bladder. I was trying to find you-tube videos on learning to ski but all I am finding is how to plow stop, how to stop ect. Even though I am a beginner I think I am beyond this????  I have really good balance and quite honestly I couldn't figure out what to do with the pole? So the useless things stayed in one hand off the ground. 

 

So Now that I am older, wiser and have more free time with disposable income, do you think it foolish I go to Whistler or Utah for some fun?  I think I would love really long runs. I am pretty sure I will like powder also. Not that I would know this being from WI:) 

 

Total side note: I tried on boots the other day and hated the beginner boot. I liked the stiffer Salmon Pro 90. This is what I would wear if it were a Rollerblade. Crazy on my part thinking this boot would work for me????? 

 

Any suggestions or tips would be helpful. I am just looking to have fun and not totally embarrass myself on the hill. 

 

Thank you:) 

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 Did the bunny hill once and the remainder of the day skied the black diamond at Alpine Valley.

Do not assume that a black diamond run at another mountain will be equal.  It won't be.

 

Beginner equipment is soft (unresponsive) so errors won't be transmitted fully through the boots & skis.  Correct movements are also not transmitted fully.  Stiffer equipment works much better as soon as the skier makes few errors.  Some rental shops have dreadfully poor equipment, and we don't know just what you were put in.  Size matters greatly.  You want the smallest boots you can wear without discomfort buckled as tightly as you can without discomfort.  Among other things, lower level boots tend to have thick comfy liners.  This does not transmit movements well.  Higher level boots have thin liners with less motion lost in the squish of the cushioning.  If you continue this infuriating sport, boots are your most important buy.  Any of us can ski fine on garage sale skis and our own boots.  Put us on fine skis and rental shop boots, and we'll hate that day.  When you get your boots, and get them fitted to you, hand carry them on a plane flight.  You can beg, borrow, or buy anything else, but your boots are yours.

 

Go to a good ski mountain.  Have fun.  Have fun on dark green or light blue runs, not a real black diamond run.  Buy boots from a top quality shop that will include adjustments as part of the purchase.  For example, I have a medium forefoot and a narrow heel.  The narrow last that fits me pretty well requires that the lumps by my little toes (5th metatarsal) get heated and pushed out.  I get that done when I buy the boots, ski a day, get the fitting corrected that next afternoon, ski the next day, maybe get another correction until the boots fit me.  If you get a proper fit out-of-the-box, you're one of a kind.

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Hello all-

 

I have been rollerblading for over 20yrs. 40yr old female. I also ice-skate, run, do yoga, and bike all year round (why let the ice/snow/wind stop me!). Anyhow, went skiing for the first time last week. Found it to be really easy and fun. Fell once, first trip down. This doesn't bother me. So I am fearless or foolish depending on how you look at it. Granted I am in WI so how hard can the hills be?  Did the bunny hill once and the remainder of the day skied the black diamond at Alpine Valley.

 

No problems stopping (used my hockey stop). Oddly found it harder to turn right than left so I just lifted my left ski off the snow, problem solved. I was a bit slower (not much) than my friend who is really a quite good skier. I had her go in front of me so when she turned, I turned. She said I needed to learn how to be more graceful. I can do this, I am a graceful roller bladder. I was trying to find you-tube videos on learning to ski but all I am finding is how to plow stop, how to stop ect. Even though I am a beginner I think I am beyond this????  I have really good balance and quite honestly I couldn't figure out what to do with the pole? So the useless things stayed in one hand off the ground. 

 

So Now that I am older, wiser and have more free time with disposable income, do you think it foolish I go to Whistler or Utah for some fun?  I think I would love really long runs. I am pretty sure I will like powder also. Not that I would know this being from WI:) 

 

Total side note: I tried on boots the other day and hated the beginner boot. I liked the stiffer Salmon Pro 90. This is what I would wear if it were a Rollerblade. Crazy on my part thinking this boot would work for me????? 

 

Any suggestions or tips would be helpful. I am just looking to have fun and not totally embarrass myself on the hill. 

 

Thank you:) 


Welcome to EpicSki!  You might get some ideas from theses threads for adults who discover the fun of skiing and progress past the beginner stage ASAP.  You clearly have a great background with ice skating being the most relevant.  

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/114722/tips-for-beginners-over-40-or-50-or/60#post_1776255

 

http://www.theskidiva.com/forums/index.php?threads/tips-for-intermediates-over-40-planning-to-ski-until-70.15274/

 

As for taking a trip out west, go for it!  I would recommend flying to SLC instead of going to Whistler.  Easier logistics.  You don't need a huge mountain for a first trip.  Lots of options within an hour of the SLC airport.  My favorite is Alta.  Skip Snowbird for now, but any of the other ski areas in Utah would be fun for you.  Best if you can go for at least 4-5 ski days.

 

Have you noticed this thread about a beginner thinking about a trip out west?

http://www.epicski.com/t/130104/beginner-going-out-west-my-plan-of-attack-a-beginner-zone-thread

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