Originally Posted by SkiMangoJazz
A short turn radius ski with a narrow waist would be best. As I believe hrstrat meant - an SL "type" ski. Not a racing ski. It is hard to find narrow skis these days except for race skis. Head makes some nice skis in that area.
I learned on the Fischer RX8. Now on a WC SL most of the time except when there's fresh snow.
The thing to avoid is what most shops will try to sell you, an 80 something underfoot ski with moderate rocker. Yes easy to ski. No, hard to ski well on.
I'm not considering a thing not in the 70 range. From the research I've done, it's clear anything thicker than that will not serve me in learning to ski.
Everything I'm looking at is in the 70-79 width range, and a 11-15 Turn radius. Which is why I asked my original question, given the similarities in the specs...
And no, I don't know how to determine good advice from bad advice in this thread, if I did would I be asking the questions I'm asking? I don't think so.
So instead of mocking me, show me skis you think would be best suited to me.
Like I said, I am a learner of consistency and a creature of habit. Boots yes I get it. I HAVE BOOTS. I AM GETTING THEM MOLDED. THANK YOU. You cannot tell me that going from Mammoth and skiing on this years model of Head Instincts (Why I was given this ski I don't know, but I was), then renting from Sports Chalet and skiing on Volkl 7.4s from several years ago and then Mt. High and skiing on whatever Rossignol they have is not going to take a certain amount of adjustment and learning curve in each lesson, thus lessening the amount of things I'm actually able to learn because I'm just trying to find out where my weight transfer is, how easy the ski is to edge, how easily I can control it, and transfer weight as I'm in motion. I don't need to waste valuable, expensive, lesson time spending 15 minutes just learning the nuances of the ski. I do not want to have to relearn how to do freaking single edged Wedge Turns on every new pair of skis in every lesson thank you very much. There seems very little point in that. I am not saying I do want to improve wedge turns in every lesson and progress beyond them, I am saying I do not want to have to relearn them because I don't know the equipment on my feet and don't trust it when asked to perform a certain task before the lesson has begun. In tennis, no racquet reacts the same way, so I have had time believing all skis, no matter beginner or race, do as well. Which is why I am looking to get my own pair of skis, be they a pair of Beginner Volkl RTM 73's or something higher up in the range. If I am going to learn to ski properly I need to have a consistent pair of skis that I can understand how to work with when I need to and respond to them. I am trying to learn and I really don't deserve attitude from anyone here. You're more than welcome to disagree and tell me no, every ski will ski the same, but if that were true would we have 30 different companies each with 20 models? No.I fail to see how having a new ski every time I ski, especially as a beginner, is even remotely useful, now, once I actually know how to ski and am confident skiing parabolics without a care in the world, then okay, I'll agree, it's worth trying out new models to see what you like and what your tastes are.
As of right now, I have one goal, progressing from gliding turns, into single edge wedge turns, into wedge christie turns, into full carving turns, and linking those all together cleanly with minimal amounts of falling and losing control of my skis. so I can enjoy my time going down the green and blue and eventually black trails, and not be afraid. and take in a bit of the scenery at the same time while still being aware. I am trying to find out what the best way to do this is, and what equipment will best serve this purpose. And in every lesson I take, to progress and not regress. That is my goal. I don't know how much clearer I can make this for anyone else.
And if you want to know the blog/website I've been referring to that made me wonder if there could be something to it in this faction of the sport, here it is:
And I'm almost positive in my original post said that I did not know if this would be true or not for Alpine skiing and simply WONDERED if there could be something to it. There seems to be a large agreement, that no, the same thing does not apply to Alpine skiing, fine, I'm not going to argue with you of why I should use a race ski instead of something else because I don't know them, thus, the creation of this thread. I was under the impression this was a forum for learning and asking questions.
And yes I am learning about both Alpine Skiing and Cross Country skiing, is that a problem? Is there some rule we can't learn both disciplines and enjoy the similarities and differences they have to offer?
Lessons and boots. I get it. Got it. Moving on to the topic of actual skis please. I am not planning, not have I ever planned, to skip the LESSONS portion of this phase.