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Snowblades to Skis - Help

post #1 of 7
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Hey everyone,

 

I ski once a year and have used snowblades for probably a decade.  

 

I am able to ski light powder from the top peak in bowls, and can manage most everything but moguls in very steep terrain.

 

That being said I find myself on easy blacks going much slower than others I'm skiing with, and I also find myself spending a lot more energy down bowls / other steep terrain. I manage because I'm in shape enough, but guessing I could make it a lot easier on myself.  I also take a lot of crap for using them, but in general I've had a lot of fun with them and have shrugged it off (no shortage of that on these forums hah).

 

My question would be: what length of ski do you recommend I transition to?  

 

I only get to ski once a year, so I don't want completely waste my trip on easy blacks learning how to turn with longer skis.  Is there a shorter length ski you would recommend for this?

 

Thanks for the help,

 

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Adam

post #2 of 7

Please post height, weight, where you ski, and what terrain and conditions serve as your daily grind.

Repost your experience level so those who skim won't miss that important info.

post #3 of 7
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Originally Posted by RadAdam View Post
 

 

That being said I find myself on easy blacks going much slower than others I'm skiing with, and I also find myself spending a lot more energy down bowls / other steep terrain. I manage because I'm in shape enough, but guessing I could make it a lot easier on myself.  I also take a lot of crap for using them, but in general I've had a lot of fun with them and have shrugged it off (no shortage of that on these forums hah).

 

Welcome.   I've done that too.

 

Do NOT get shorter skis to learn on.       If you do this you will transfer all of your snowblade bad habits to skiing and your starting advantage in front/back balance and tactical skills  will be wasted trying to overcome stupid pesky things like shoulder rotation or constantly two-footed balance.

DO get shorter-radius (less than 20m) skis in a length appropriate to your size to learn on.

 

Be aware that snowblades are waaaay less demanding of proper boot fit than skis are.   

post #4 of 7
Thread Starter 
6'-0", 185 lb, Breckenridge, Easy Blacks to Diamond Bowls from the top peak (anything but very steep moguls)

Ski once a year for 10 years on snowblades. Looking for best transition to skis, w/o sacrificing a whole year to not ski the powder bowls.

Thanks!

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Adam
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Originally Posted by RadAdam View Post

6'-0", 185 lb, Breckenridge, Easy Blacks to Diamond Bowls from the top peak (anything but very steep moguls)

Ski once a year for 10 years on snowblades. Looking for best transition to skis, w/o sacrificing a whole year to not ski the powder bowls.

Thanks!

--
Adam

 

I will say it again, the better your boots fit, the easier and shorter the transition will be.    You have the athletic ability.    If you have/get boots with an almost-racer fit  you could just show up at a rental/demo shop and spend maybe 2-3 days tops trying out all-mountain type skis until you found something you could make work.

post #6 of 7

Can you define "once a year?"  One day, one week, etxc?

post #7 of 7
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4 days, sorry!

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