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New equipment technology in skiis?

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 

Havent been skiing in 13 years - Am going to Breckenridge in march but will stop in Denver to get a pair of rental skiis, boots, etc.  Back when I skied I was a good skier, could parallel, etc.

 

Suggestions on length and type of ski?  I am just going to ski Breckenridge so no out of bounds, etc

 

Thanks!  sorry for the dumb question but didn't know where to turn

post #2 of 10
Could you give us less information to help you out? wink.gif

Height, weight, general fitness and athletic ability? Do you like to ski on groomed runs or off? Do you ski fast or slow? Do you make a lot of turns, or like cruising? Etc...
post #3 of 10
Thread Starter 

5'10" 175 lbs - Used to be in shape but generally fit.  I would label myself somewhat athletic

 

I am used to skiing groomed runs (albeit 13 years ago), I used to ski fast with not too much turns.  But I probably need to do more turns this time around!  used to ski volkl's and they were long - around 190

 

Does that help?

post #4 of 10

I'm not sure what you're asking but my suggestion would be to rent at Breck so that you can change out gear if it isn't working for you. Will be more expensive but not as expensive as spending a vacation skiing in bad gear. You might want to start with a basic rental package until you get your ski legs back and then considering upgrading to demo gear if you're doing well. If you find you haven't forgotten how to ski you'll likely want stiffer boots and skis than the basic package.

post #5 of 10
Thread Starter 

I guess my question is - IN the 13 years that I HAVENT been skiing - what has changed in ski technology?  Do I go with shorter skiis?  if so, what size?

post #6 of 10
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Originally Posted by blakeas View Post
 

I guess my question is - IN the 13 years that I HAVENT been skiing - what has changed in ski technology?  Do I go with shorter skiis?  if so, what size?


There has been a lot of change in skis. A lot!

 

Width- skis are wider for 'all mountain' use

Camber- most skis now have some form of 'rocker' which is... a long story.

Sidecut- skis gained a lot of sidecut during the early days of 'shape' and have relaxed a bit.

Materials- lots of weight reduction has been happening over the last few years.

lengths- skis got progressively shorter as sidecut got deeper, with rocker, width and less sidecut skis have gone slightly longer.

post #7 of 10
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What should I look for when I get rental skiis in Denver?  around what size?

post #8 of 10

if you have no idea and haven't been on skis for awhile, just put yourself into the hands of the shop, talk to them, and let them help you out.  Look on internet and find shop that is close to you that looks like they do a lot of business.  If they are thriving, that means they turn over a lot of skis (so will usually have newer gear).   If they are a dying shop they can't afford to get newer skis.

 

1) Spend more time worrying about your rental boots and making sure you get boots that fits you well.  This both means you aren't cutting off circulation and your foot is falling asleep, but also means there's not a lot of empty space and your foot is just swimming around.

 

2) The ski should be chin to forehead height, (beg-advanced),  If it is twin tip or has a lot of splay you may want to lean towards the longer length.  

 

3) They should look "fairly" new, and definitely not tooo old and beat up.  

If you picked a shop well and explain to them your background they should pick a good ski for you or just have a fleet.  You may want to just rent on the mountain.

 

4) Reserve online first, go early esp. if you're doing on-mountain rental.

 

5) they may just put you on their "intermediate" performance ski which is fine for your first day in 13years.

 

Don't worry about the rest if you picked the shop right.

post #9 of 10

Don't worry about it. The design of the ski has changed but the biggest thing is to get out there and have fun.

 

The renting staff are usually pretty nice and try to put you in the right stuff. If they get it wrong and something goes awry, they know where to start looking.

 

The skis have changed, but finding out how is half of the fun. I was more impressed with how boots changed over 10 years.

post #10 of 10

Lengths haven't really changed significantly in 13 years--the major shortening of skis happened well before that. As the man said--a ski with a lot of rocker may ski short on the groomed, but you won't likely be on skis like that so if you remember what length you used to ski, go with that. And don't be afraid to ski something wider than you're used to, especially if there's been recent snow. 

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