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Did I get the wrong skis? [returning to the slopes after 13 years]

post #1 of 11
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Hi all, New to the forum and first post. I started skiing when I was 8 I'm now 41 and have been out of skiing for about 13 years ( got married built a house started a family) my 8 yr old daughter came to me this fall and said "dad I want to join ski club with school" so of course i said yes, now after a few lessons shes rippin down the hill! After watching her I decided she can't ski alone my wife and I bought new skis. My problem is this: when I stopped skiing I considered myself an advanced intermediate and was skiing on Dynastar vertical assault V8's which I still own and love. So to get to the point here  the ski shop set me up with Atomic nomad smoke's (not  the titanium ones) and now I  get home and research them and their listed as a beginner ski, I've never skied on a shaped ski and I know its totally different my concern is will I out ski them by the end of the season and need new or should I call the ski shop and upgrade to the titanium model now? it's a $300 diff in price, I plan to stay on groomers most of the time but will need the adrenaline rush of off trail skiing on occasion.

post #2 of 11

Worth the extra $300 imho.  That being said the softer ski would do better in soft snow unless you are skiing fast.  How much do you weigh? 

post #3 of 11
Thread Starter 

I weigh 180lbs and back in the day i was considered to be a pretty aggressive skiier obviously now I'm outa shape and over weight and new to shaped skis. I gave the ski shop my history and they still guided me to these skis

post #4 of 11

Sounds like the needed to sell a pair of them, or they assumed you exaggerated your abilities. Get the TI version.

post #5 of 11
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What will the TI version give me over the standard? I think being out of the sport so long and the tech has changed so much they thought I'd be basically starting over. This season will probably be spent on the easy trails with my daughter, what do you think about me using the skis to get back in the sport and then next season upgrade or am I just gonna be dissappointed right from the get go?

post #6 of 11

So long as you don't expect it to turn you with significant force,  and do not ski faster than about 20 mph you should be fine.  For reference Usain Bolt set the human speed record in a 100 m at 27.44 mph once.  The Ti adds stiffness for grip and helps control some vibratiion, but makes it harder to bend into a turn.

post #7 of 11
Thread Starter 

Ok thanks I've always been a fast skier and it sound like these will be a dissapointment time to call the ski shop and make the change before they prep the skis

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What will the TI version give me over the standard? I think being out of the sport so long and the tech has changed so much they thought I'd be basically starting over. This season will probably be spent on the easy trails with my daughter, what do you think about me using the skis to get back in the sport and then next season upgrade or am I just gonna be dissappointed right from the get go?

I switch just a few years ago. Get the Ti ! You will out ski the beginner ski in in the first day or second day. The Ti will give you the room to grow the no Ti will limit it. Yes money well spent.

The question not yet asked is about your boots. Ensure you get something in at least the intermediate level and above, Don't get talked into soft boots.

Just from what you have described this sounds like a store clerk selling what they have available. Go to a good ski shop.
post #9 of 11
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I thought I did go to a good shop it's where I got my gear when I was young and it's been in business for as long as I can remember. I'm not happy now cause i'll prob have to switch out boots too.

post #10 of 11

I never chime in on these threads, because I'm far from an expert. But I just got in from a demo day where I spent some time on the Smoke Ti, so my impressions are still fresh -- for what they're worth. This is a ski I had been eager to try, but I wasn't all that impressed. They were pretty stiff and vibration prone, and the edge hold was not impressive. Turn initiation was very quick and easy, but I found myself swerving more and carving less than I'm used to. A stronger skier might drive them harder and get more out of them than I did. But they are not for me (a 5'11, 190 lb. unambitious older intermediate).

post #11 of 11

As a formerly fast skier, I must recommend you take that $300 and put it towards some lessons.

 

I don't want to come off as condescending, but you are at a great point to learn modern skiing movements, you're confident enough to move around, but have no bad habits.  A professional instructor, can show you how the ski works, how easy input makes for spectacular results.

 

Meanwhile you can progress to steeper runs maintaining good form all along controlling your speed.

 

If you don't hurry you can find more fall line turns to keep bending those skis over and over again.

 

Maybe after you accomplish black diamond runs with no drama low speed turns, you will have your chops together for more high performance and speed skiing.  By then you will have a better idea of your style, and that will go a long toward what ski to get that fits your preference.

 

This upside down way to go fast will give you more actual control while minimizing risk of injury higher speeds pose, especially with a skier who is not all that sure of how those danged things work.

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