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post #1 of 21
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Hi everyone, I'm looking to pick up skiing. I'm 20 years old 6'3 270 I would consider myself very athletic for my size, very agile and flexible. Will I be able to ski? Too big?
post #2 of 21
You certainly will be able to ski!
post #3 of 21
Thread Starter 
Any tips? Lol@Coach13
post #4 of 21
Sure, there are plenty of big burly guys on the hill. Sign up for a group lesson your first day on the snow so you can learn to deal with the gear, go down an easy hill under control, and stop (probably the most important skill to have). Then take a few more lessons over your first several days of skiing to start learning more fundamentals that you can build on as you get better.

Whatever you do, don't let your buddies/siblings/significant other take you up a lift! And it's not recommended to have a friend teach you unless they're actually a ski instructor; most people can't remember what it was like to learn and will get you completely turned around.

And welcome to epicski!
post #5 of 21
I'm a big guy who started skiing in his 40's. Get some lessons and the right equipment and you will be fine. The more you work at it, the better you will be.
post #6 of 21

I'm 6'2 265 and I ski a lot.  When you rent skis, make sure their long enough for you.  I got stuck on really short skis early on and it was no fun. Take some lessons and you'll be fine.

post #7 of 21
@voghan, out of curiosity, what length would you recommend for a never-ever with the OP's height and weight?
post #8 of 21
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Originally Posted by Cmoran70 View Post

Hi everyone, I'm looking to pick up skiing. I'm 20 years old 6'3 270 I would consider myself very athletic for my size, very agile and flexible. Will I be able to ski? Too big?

I don't think there is size limit for a skier, You said: athletic, agile and flexible, so strap them on and get started.

post #9 of 21
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Originally Posted by litterbug View Post

@voghan, out of curiosity, what length would you recommend for a never-ever with the OP's height and weight?

AT 6'3" and 270? I'd be inclined to say as long as the rental shop has.

post #10 of 21

@litterbug I was handed a 160 ski and I never felt stable on it.   I now ski on a 175 and it is probably on the short end for me.  How big are you?  What is your rule of thumb? There are plenty of places online that can recommend a ski length.  I suggest you look at them instead of trusting some pothead in the rental shop.

post #11 of 21

I'll also say I was 25 pounds heavier when I started skiing.  Most skis are made for people weighing in at 220 at the high end.  Being bigger means you need wider and longer skis.  Finding comfortable boots will be a bitch too. 

post #12 of 21
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@litterbug
I was handed a 160 ski and I never felt stable on it. I now ski on a 175 and it is probably on the short end for me. How big are you? What is your rule of thumb? There are plenty of places online that can recommend a ski length. I suggest you look at them instead of trusting some pothead in the rental shop.
5'3", 150#, and my minimal-rise skis are in the mid-160s. biggrin.gif I'm only asking because I'm so far outside these parameters that I never know what to say when we get these kinds of questions from new members like the OP.

The general rule is that beginner skis should come somewhere between the chin and the nose. I wouldn't recommend staying on them for long, just until he can sideslip, make a wedge turn, and stop, because shorter skis are likely to be a little easier for even an athletic beginner while he learns how to cope with sliding around with boards attached to his feet. It sounds like the OP might get those skills with one beginner lesson and a day or two of practice. After that he could decide whether and how much to size up. Width is another thing, though; I'd think ice and hardpack on groomers would be easier to deal with on relatively narrower skis--say 80-85mm.

But I'm certainly ready to be corrected.
post #13 of 21
I'm 6'4 255. I'd recommend a 175-178 length to start on. I current ski a 182 but Avery stuff ski with metal in it.

Too big to ski? He'll no! To big to take large jumps? That can happen lol
post #14 of 21
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5'3", 150#, and my minimal-rise skis are in the mid-160s. biggrin.gif I'm only asking because I'm so far outside these parameters that I never know what to say when we get these kinds of questions from new members like the OP.

The general rule is that beginner skis should come somewhere between the chin and the nose. I wouldn't recommend staying on them for long, just until he can sideslip, make a wedge turn, and stop, because shorter skis are likely to be a little easier for even an athletic beginner while he learns how to cope with sliding around with boards attached to his feet. It sounds like the OP might get those skills with one beginner lesson and a day or two of practice. After that he could decide whether and how much to size up. Width is another thing, though; I'd think ice and hardpack on groomers would be easier to deal with on relatively narrower skis--say 80-85mm.

But I'm certainly ready to be corrected.

My skis are right at my nose.  I'd say keep them between your chin and your eyes and you'll be ok.  Evo.com has a sizing chart I like to use. 

 

http://www.evo.com/how-to-choose-skis-size-chart-and-guide.aspx

post #15 of 21
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Originally Posted by Cmoran70 View Post

Hi everyone, I'm looking to pick up skiing. I'm 20 years old 6'3 270 I would consider myself very athletic for my size, very agile and flexible. Will I be able to ski? Too big?


Welcome to EpicSki!  There are plenty of guys both taller, heavier, and older than you who are having a good time skiing.  Including those who didn't really start skiing that much until after they had kids on the slopes.

 

You can see a list of threads related to big guys, aka Clydesdales (I didn't make that up), by using the tag link under Topics Discussed (right hand column).  Mostly about gear, with some threads about ski clothing.  I have a good friend who had more problem finding rental ski boots than skis before he went ahead and bought boots.  He's 6'2" but wears size 16 shoes.

 

Even though you're under 40, check out the tips in this thread:

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

 

Lots of general tips in this thread:

http://www.epicski.com/t/65105/beginners-tip-bible-share-yours

 

What region are you going to ski in to start with?

post #16 of 21
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Originally Posted by focker View Post

I'm 6'4 255. I'd recommend a 175-178 length to start on. l

I agree with this length recommendation to start. I was about 6-4 250-260 when I started and started on a 178. I also would recommend you rent from a local shop to start and then buy. I found the resort skis and boots to be way too soft to be even adequate for me even as a beginner.
post #17 of 21
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Originally Posted by Cmoran70 View Post

Hi everyone, I'm looking to pick up skiing. I'm 20 years old 6'3 270 I would consider myself very athletic for my size, very agile and flexible. Will I be able to ski? Too big?

 

Yes you can! I'm exactly your size and started last year at 38. It's one of the best decisions I've ever made!

 

Couple tips from having gone through the never-ever stage recently. The suggestion to get a wider ski is definitely sage advice. Once I started progressing to making parallel turns I felt an immediate difference going from a 70-something rental ski to a 90-100. Started on a 175 and now ski a 184.

 

I will also share that the boots were a much bigger issue than the skis. I went through three different pairs of boots before I felt like they were working with me not against me. There are lots of suggestions about bootfitting if you browse the archives (I know it helped me learn about the process, in general). Plus, I'm sure others can make direct recommendations based on where you are. 

 

Hopefully this hasn't changed your mind, lol. You're gonna love it!

post #18 of 21

Rental boots were tough.  I have fairly wide feet and the first thing I bought was inexpensive boots.  Of course I bought them too large and sold then after two seasons.  Ski swaps are a great way to buy and sell used gear. 

post #19 of 21
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Originally Posted by litterbug View Post


5'3", 150#, and my minimal-rise skis are in the mid-160s. biggrin.gif I'm only asking because I'm so far outside these parameters that I never know what to say when we get these kinds of questions from new members like the OP.

The general rule is that beginner skis should come somewhere between the chin and the nose. I wouldn't recommend staying on them for long, just until he can sideslip, make a wedge turn, and stop, because shorter skis are likely to be a little easier for even an athletic beginner while he learns how to cope with sliding around with boards attached to his feet. It sounds like the OP might get those skills with one beginner lesson and a day or two of practice. After that he could decide whether and how much to size up. Width is another thing, though; I'd think ice and hardpack on groomers would be easier to deal with on relatively narrower skis--say 80-85mm.

But I'm certainly ready to be corrected.

 

A great approach may be to get that rental gear, get comfortable and then in a month or so Spring Demo season is going to roll around. It's great fun to spend a day trying skis out and learning what fits you firsthand.

post #20 of 21

I'm 6'1" 240, so a bigger-than-most but smaller-than-you guy.  33yrs old, skiing for 25 of them.  Barring any medical conditions, no reason whatsoever you can't ski.  Just remember to let the ski do the work for you, it's easy for bigger guys to try to force them around.

 

Have fun!

post #21 of 21
I'm more on the tall side than big, but at 6'7" and 230 lb (240 lb when I started 6 years ago at 50 years old) I get a lot of leverage on my skis. Although most Pocono resorts provided me 180 cm rental skis, my wake up call was when one hill didn't have those in their standard rental fleet and provided some mid-170 cm Volkyl skis from their performance fleet. By then I had figured out on my own to size down my rental boots to a real tight fit and had a great day of skiing under control. Next year I bought my own skis and boots from the last season close-outs since I suspected I'd want to trade up in the coming years. Like said elsewhere here, don't start too stiff until you learn the mechanics, but your weight will quickly lead you to upgrade IMO. Seasonal ski rentals might make sense for you next year after beginner rentals this year before laying down some bucks for your own. What everyone else has said about boots. Be dame sure before buying.biggrin.gif
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