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post #1 of 12
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Hello, my name is Luke, and I am a medium level high school racer. I am 16 years old, male, 5'10" and weigh 160 lbs. I am wondering what length giant slalom ski I should get.

Also I was looking at fishers race skis on Artech and they have junior gs wcp skis in 180 cm. Would those skis be the same as the adult skis in the same length?

post #2 of 12

At 160 lbs, the junior ski would be too soft for you.

post #3 of 12
What Ghost said. JR. Race is usually only up to 115#.
post #4 of 12

Depending on what your courses are like, a ~167cm or 175cm would probably be best. My senior year of high school the guy who won the state championships (Maine) was on a 175cm. 180cm seems to be too much for those courses. Go with the adult version in whatever is closest to racestock in those shorter lengths. A turn radius of ~20m with ~67mm waist or so would be ideal in older skis. I haven't tried any skis from the last several years where radius has increased but other things tweaked to keep the ski manageable.


Edited by mjp5 - 10/3/15 at 11:45am
post #5 of 12
You need to ask your coach. Depending on your the rules your school uses you may or may not be subject to USSA regulations. Also if you intend to enter any USSA races outside of your schools schedule you would need to follow them as well.

At your age the min radius would be 17m with no length regulation. If you have any intention of racing at higher levels most coaches would tell you you need to be in around a 23m ski and around 185 cm as a U16. You also need a fis certified multi impact helmet for GS this year.

http://ussa.org/sites/default/files/documents/athletics/compservices/2015-16/documents/2016_alp_equipment.pdf
post #6 of 12
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Originally Posted by Coach Z View Post

You need to ask your coach. Depending on your the rules your school uses you may or may not be subject to USSA regulations. Also if you intend to enter any USSA races outside of your schools schedule you would need to follow them as well.

At your age the min radius would be 17m with no length regulation. If you have any intention of racing at higher levels most coaches would tell you you need to be in around a 23m ski and around 185 cm as a U16. You also need a fis certified multi impact helmet for GS this year.

http://ussa.org/sites/default/files/documents/athletics/compservices/2015-16/documents/2016_alp_equipment.pdf


This!    speak to your coach and check back here and I may have some good options for you

post #7 of 12

I think it should be noted that ordinary high school racing is completely different from USSA or FIS racing. If you're a high school student competing in the latter, don't confuse it with the former and vice versa.

post #8 of 12
Actually, I've known kids that were on HS teams that competed at USSA races.
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Originally Posted by mjp5 View Post

I think it should be noted that ordinary high school racing is completely different from USSA or FIS racing. If you're a high school student competing in the latter, don't confuse it with the former and vice versa.
post #9 of 12
In our area more well more than half of high school ski teams are currently or recently had raced USSA

USSA now has a special membership level for HS racers. Some school districts are using USSA rules. Legally it's safer for the school if a national federations rules are being used. That said HS racing varies from having USSA certified coaching to having a math teacher that is an intermediate skier coaching the team. Really depends where you live. There are probably some kids trying to run gates on twin tips.

Like I said ask the coach which ski to use.
post #10 of 12
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Originally Posted by Coach Z View Post

In our area more well more than half of high school ski teams are currently or recently had raced USSA

USSA now has a special membership level for HS racers. Some school districts are using USSA rules. Legally it's safer for the school if a national federations rules are being used. That said HS racing varies from having USSA certified coaching to having a math teacher that is an intermediate skier coaching the team. Really depends where you live. There are probably some kids trying to run gates on twin tips.

Like I said ask the coach which ski to use.


this!  and any HS racer who is serious enough about it to solicit advice on ski choice SHOULD be on an appropriate race ski, not winging it on a twin tip!  

(although I will personally admit to having skied the peak2creek race @ whistler on a twin tip on one occasion - needs must!)

post #11 of 12
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Originally Posted by ljones1030 View Post
 

Hello, my name is Luke, and I am a medium level high school racer. I am 16 years old, male, 5'10" and weigh 160 lbs. I am wondering what length giant slalom ski I should get.

Also I was looking at fishers race skis on Artech and they have junior gs wcp skis in 180 cm. Would those skis be the same as the adult skis in the same length?

Length of the ski is not relevant.  It's the turn RADIUS that will matter.  There is a Rossi Hero that is 170 but has a 23m radius.  For High School and local clubs you probably would want to focus on a ski with a radius UNDER 20 meter radius.

 

Have you run any NASTAR courses in the past?  If so, you can likely look up your "handicap" which is a far better unit of measure than the subjective "medium level.  A typical "medium" high school skier would probably be around a 30 handicap.  If you are close to a 15, you would want to focus on higher cost/performance skis as they will also be more consistent than some generic ski.

post #12 of 12
Talk go your coach(es) first. Until you do, nothing said here will matter much.
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