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Replacement Skis?

post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 

I'm a 30 year old guy who just got into skiing last year. Ski locally in Indiana at our local man-made locations and did take a trip out to Breck last winter where I learned everything I know so far. Ski mostly greens and finally progressing to blues.

 

A friend of mine sold me his old K2 Mammoth Mountain (2011) skis w/bindings for less than $40 as I was getting tired of paying $30 to rent each visit, and I already had purchased boots at Surefoot when I was in breck, as I was having some problems with the rentals out there.

 

My question is, it seems like the skis are giving me more problems than they are helping, as they are much more difficult to turn in than the rental gear I have used, and the speed is very inconsistent, even after having them tuned and hand waxed by the shop at our local facility (which cost more than the skis).

 

I'm not an expert at all obviously, so just looking for a recommendation of a relatively inexpensive upgrade to the skis/bindings I have that would work for someone like me that usually skis out east on man-made snow, but occasionally travels out west, but sticks to the green/blue runs.


I appreciate any help people can provide.

post #2 of 8
How tall are you, what do you weigh, and what size are the skis? According to a user here those are actually K2 Commanche skis, which should be right in your wheelhouse. If they are too short or too long for you that could be the problem. Does the shop at your local mountain offer any demos?
post #3 of 8
Thread Starter 

I'm 5'9, 190lb, the skis are 160cm. 

 

Doesn't look like that do. Isn't listed anywhere on the website, but I can ask next time I head up there.

post #4 of 8
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Originally Posted by cdtotten View Post

I'm 5'9, 190lb, the skis are 160cm. 

Doesn't look like that do. Isn't listed anywhere on the website, but I can ask next time I head up there.

What lengths have you been demoing? Those seem pretty short for your size and weight.

Can you give more specifics about the problems you feel you're having?
post #5 of 8
Thread Starter 

Honestly I haven't paid much attention to what they have given me for rentals. When my friend sold me his old ones, I did a quick check online and it appeared 160 was "ok", but looking into it more it does seem like these skis are pretty short.

 

Problem wise, I'm obviously not skilled enough to know if it's my lack of skill or the skis, but biggest problems I have are that at speed, they seem to lose some stability, especially when hitting even the smallest of ungroomed terrain, and when turning they don't slide around very easily compared to what I was getting out west.

 

That being said, I am skiing in what can only be described as very compacted, almost icy slush at night most of the time here. 

post #6 of 8
I would take a lesson and see what your instructor thinks about the skis and how they fit you. The good news is if you "need" something different, you will almost certainly get back what you paid for those, either on craigslist or at next year's swap.
post #7 of 8
Thread Starter 

Thanks for all your help David, sounds like a plan to me and absolutely... after the 4 trips, I have already made my money back 4 times.

post #8 of 8
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Originally Posted by cdtotten View Post

I'm 5'9, 190lb, the skis are 160cm. 

Doesn't look like that do. Isn't listed anywhere on the website, but I can ask next time I head up there.

Personally, I like that for you.

Short skis are good for beginners. They are easier to control. Once you get to where you are tearing up the blue runs and your skis won't hold in the turns, then think about going longer.

Edited to add:

Sorry, just sort of dropped in here and and didn't finish in that last post.

There could be several things going on here. My first couple of thoughts are:

You have gone from beginner rental skis with a crappy tunes, to a beginner-intermetiate ski with a tune. I've seen people have this kind of problem when going up a level in skis at the beginning.

With a beginner ski, it responds without as much energy being put into it so beginners can use it at slower speeds on green runs.

Your "new" beginner-intermediate ski might now just be expecting you to ski with a little bit more energy in order to respond. If this is the case, you'll get the hang of it pretty quick. It's all about using your skis to go, not trying to use your skis to not go. Lessons help a lot.

Another thing to look for is, and it has happened to me, is that you might have just gotten a crappy tune from your shop by accident. These things just happen sometimes.

Really, I suggest you work with an instructor. They can clear up a lot of these things pretty easy if you tell them what the problem is.
Edited by sofort99 - 12/17/14 at 8:56am
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