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Snowboarder needs ski-advice?

post #1 of 7
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Hi All
New user here ...
I am a very experienced snowboarder who wants to do a bit of skiing. 
Therefore, I would like to hear a little about what I should buy in terms of ski's, poles and boots.

I am 6foot and 170 pounds. I have tried to ski one day with Head Monster that was about 175cm long. 
It went pretty well. I could go fairly fast and brake sideways with lots of spray, but I absolutely 
could not figure out how to do a plow or pizza or whatever it's called. 
So I had no control on narrow Slopes. But I think that I will learn skiing very fast, so I within 
approx. 3 days i'd be at the level of someone who has been skiing for 2-3 weeks with no previous 
snow-experience.

Snowboarding is first and foremost about powder for me. If I can go backcountry or sidecountry I do. 
I therefore expect to have the same interest in skiing. 
So I need some equipment which is probably in the neighborhood of 20% park , 30% piste and 50 % powder.

So what should I buy skis, poles and boots, so I learn quickly, but not be limited?

On a recent skiing trip, there was one who had a pair of Rossignol S3 
http://www.evo.com/outlet/skis/rossignol-s3-2011.aspx
I think something like that is the way forward. Is it way off?

 

Best

René

post #2 of 7
Welcome to Epic. The first thing you need are boots that fit properly. Go to the "Ask the boot Guys" forum and read the wikis about fitting and terminology, then check the "Who's Who" to see if there is a boot fitter near you. If one isn't listed, ask and someone will be able to recommend a fitter. Ski boots are very different from snowboard boots. Ski boots need to fit pretty tightly, but too tight is no good and too loose is also not good. Forget skis until you get boots that fit.
post #3 of 7
Yep, what he said ^

After you get good fitting boots then come back. By that time your'll have had more time to read on here and check out Ski Magazines Sept issue for ski reviews. When you find a ski you think you'd like google it and read the reviews.

A lesson may help with the basic's too.

Welcome away from the dark side....wink.gif
post #4 of 7
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Originally Posted by Max Capacity View Post

Yep, what he said ^

After you get good fitting boots then come back. By that time your'll have had more time to read on here and check out Ski Magazines Sept issue for ski reviews. When you find a ski you think you'd like google it and read the reviews.

A lesson may help with the basic's too.

Welcome away from the dark side....wink.gif
20% park , 30% piste and 50 % powder

 

 

Ski Magazine reviews?

post #5 of 7

I am a long time skier who also snowboards.  I board at a much lower level and while I love boarding in powder, I have nowhere near the confidence, maneuverability and just plain expertise that I do on skis.  I submit that wile you can learn to ski fairly quickly, It will be a long time before you are truly comfortable skiing the kind of places you now board with abandon. You can achieve that but it will take time and much mileage.

 

The above posters are right about boots.  They are more important than what skis you get.  The Rossi S3 should be a good ski for you though.

post #6 of 7
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Originally Posted by ecimmortal View Post

20% park , 30% piste and 50 % powder

 

 

Ski Magazine reviews?

 



Yea, read, they talk about how different skis do in different conditions.

Or just pick one they all ski anything. It's just a matter of how good you are.

Or just buy a Bonifide people say that's a great ski.

What I was saying to him, is read the reviews. May be he can find something he like's.
post #7 of 7
If I was going to buy a ski like the OP wants I would look for a twintip ski with a 90-95mm waist, 18-21m sidecut, and a touch of early rise with a medium flex. That's not too hard to find.
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