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I won a pair of skis: are they worth keeping?

post #1 of 9
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Hi there,

 

Let me start off saying that I would probably describe myself as a pretty beginner skier. I used to snowboard a lot growing up, but now in my early 20s have switched to skiing and have gone 5 times this winter. That is the extent of my skiing experience. At this point I am basically self taught, save for what I have read and seen on the internet...and I can get down the hill without falling. I have a keen interest in learning more, and would like to take a few lessons so I can actually learn proper technique. I have some confidence/fear issues about going too fast while I am skiing, and have had bouts where I feel out of control. Also, the last time I went skiing (I always use rentals as I don't have my own skis), my legs hurt me so badly after only a few runs that I had to stop. So I think I must be pretty out of shape? It was a way bigger hill than what I had been skiing previously, much longer runs...so that may have contributed?

 

Anyway, I guess that's just a bit of background info. I'm really seeking some advice here, as I recently found out that I won a pair of skis, the skis being a pair of women's 2015 Rossignol Savory 7's (http://www.rossignol.com/CG/CA/savory-7--2014--RADQI01--product--alpine-women-skis.html). I am a little bit intimidated, as the ski is described as being for "intermediate to expert" skiers, and a mainly powder ski. My immediate reaction is that I should probably sell them and buy something more suited to my ability, but I am wondering...would it be detrimental to my skiing to keep them? Would this ski be impossible for me to ski and learn on? Would they be something I could potentially "grow into"? What makes it a "powder" ski...would that be bad for mostly groomed runs? I am wondering how it is for beginner/intermediates skiing on "expert" skis. I can deduce from my limited knowledge that these are pretty good quality skis (at least I think), so would it be worth it for me to just keep them and learn to ski them? Another thing I am unsure of is what ski length I should be using...the rental shops so far have given me lengths ranging from 151-160, and I have generally felt more comfortable and stable in the shorter lighter feeling skis. The skis I won are 162cm in length. Would they be too long? I am 5'7 and about 175lbs. Sorry for all the questions, I'm just really new to all this and am seeking some advice. Any recommendations on what kind of skis I should buy if I end up selling these would be appreciated also. 

 

Thanks!

post #2 of 9

I wouldn't worry too much about the "ability level".

Whether to keep them or not should depend on if you ski powder (or deep snow) or not.

post #3 of 9
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Originally Posted by DITD View Post
 

Hi there,

 

Let me start off saying that I would probably describe myself as a pretty beginner skier. I used to snowboard a lot growing up, but now in my early 20s have switched to skiing and have gone 5 times this winter.

 

Where?  As in - which part of the country/world?   This will strongly influence further responses.

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 I have some confidence/fear issues about going too fast while I am skiing, and have had bouts where I feel out of control. Also, the last time I went skiing (I always use rentals as I don't have my own skis), my legs hurt me so badly after only a few runs that I had to stop.

 

Actually all of this is more common than you'd think.

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 So I think I must be pretty out of shape? It was a way bigger hill than what I had been skiing previously, much longer runs...so that may have contributed?


I'm thinking that hunting for balance and control tired you out.   That's a technique and boots issue, not a fitness issue so much.

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 Would this ski be impossible for me to ski and learn on?

 

Not "impossible".   Just plain more difficult than necessary.

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 The skis I won are 162cm in length. Would they be too long? I am 5'7 and about 175lbs.

 

Too short.   Someone your size but with skill and experience to use them in powder would likely find them too short.

Sell, buy good boots, get cheap skis fit to learn on, demo better ones when you're ready. 

post #4 of 9
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the responses so far.

 

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Originally Posted by cantunamunch View Post
 

 

Where?  As in - which part of the country/world?   This will strongly influence further responses.

 

 

Eastern North America....more specifically Ontario, Canada. 

 

The hills I have skied so far have seemed like pretty hard/packed icy snow...Mont Tremblant in Quebec being the nicest hill I've been to, with anything close to resembling "powder".


Edited by DITD - 2/26/15 at 8:16pm
post #5 of 9

Hah.    Yes.    That is not the ski for you.    Sell while it has near-new value.

post #6 of 9
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Hah.    Yes.    That is not the ski for you.    Sell while it has near-new value.


I figured as much...I'm sure I seem like an idiot even asking but I'm just pretty clueless and wanted some input.

 

:)

post #7 of 9
It's a hot ski here, the local store sold out BEFORE the hill even opened.
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I figured as much...I'm sure I seem like an idiot even asking but I'm just pretty clueless and wanted some input.

 

Not at all.  I don't subscribe to the old adage; I do believe that there are actually dumb questions.  However you actually asked good questions, and more importantly, it sounds like you're listening to the answers.

 

Welcome to epicski. :) 

post #9 of 9

Not a ski for Ontario.

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