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Did I go too short of lenght on my skis?

post #1 of 5
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Hello all, currently I have only been skiing for 4 days and have acquired a set of volk RTM 7.4 skis in 142.  From everything I read this seems way too short for me at 5'5 and 180lbs.  I got them on my second day as we were looking to have to modify them for adaptive equipment as I have CP and the rental department at my local resort wasnt being cooperative, so it was buy something or stop skiing.  As it turns out we didnt end up modifying them and just by having private lessons I was able to get my issue mostly under control.

 

Now since my last lesson I went from being able to barely manage anything more than a bunny hill to easily ripping down our blues and even I have been attempting the black but seem to have noticed a few things along the way. Mostly that my skis once on edge love to quickly make a 90D turn almost like a skid turn this I love as I can carve around anything as when riding with my friend on green trails there is a lot of people to avoid, sometimes it feels like you are running double gates but with bigger losses if you hit one.  Now this means I have to hold back on speed as once above 25mph the skis seem less responsive to input and get a mind of their own which means a lot of turns when I run down the black. 

 

Now I am wondering if my controls is just from only having 8 hours of lessons and 4 days under me or is it the ski itself? 

post #2 of 5

The ski is short for you -but its fun, yeh?    You have already figured out that turns control speed - that is not going to change.    

 What are you using for boots?    

 

Sure, lessons help, but don't expect to directly learn "speed control on blacks" - that will come as a consequence of long patient skills work on gentler slopes. 

post #3 of 5

The mantra around here (and it's a good one) is "boots first". If you don't have good, properly fitting boots (checked out by a reputable boot-fitter) the skis don't matter so much.

 

That said 142 is on the short side for your height/weight, but shorter skis also turn easier. 

 

Since you have gotten past needing a modification, could you rent/demo some different lengths and see what feels good and works for you?

 

 

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Originally Posted by cantunamunch View Post

 

...but don't expect to directly learn "speed control on blacks" - that will come as a consequence of long patient skills work on gentler slopes. 

 

Or else you'll do what I did, and just learn to backseat brake/hockey stop your way around, and then spend time trying to un-learn that in order to get better. Lessons (or at the very least lots of reading, video watching, and understanding) are a much better way to progress.

post #4 of 5

First of all welcome to EpicSki.

 

Without knowing a thing about how the CP affects you it is hard to figure out what is going on.  You are correct in assuming that only 4 days of skiing does not an expert make.  From your description I'm thinking that you may be a bit back in your stance and not pressuring the tips of your skis.  On steeper terrain this becomes more apparent.  So get your form nailed down on less challenging terrain then up the "gravity."

 

Length of skis is a personal thing.  A friend of mine with CP who 4 tracks (uses outriggers) skied on longer skis and had to have a tip retaining device (ski bra of sorts) to prevent them from diverging.  He then tried my 120cm skis and had no problem keeping the ski tips under control.  He even progressed on those 120cm skis to where he was able to ditch the outriggers and use poles.  (He made me sell them to him so he could use them all the time.)  He has since moved on to longer skis.  However, the time spent on the short skis helped him nail down his form.  So you will need to play around with ski length to see what works best for you.

 

I'm 6'1" and spent a year on 120cm skis.  It was great for me.  I learned how to ski centered and make the ski do the work.

 

I'll second the advice on getting good boots.  As said here many times, "You date skis.  You marry boots."

 

So keep at it and have fun.

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Mostly my issue with CP is the natural tendency to have a 30-45 degree toe in that happens anytime I unweight.

 

Now I have gotten a pair of 153 k2 amp rx and am loving the stability alot better and can pretty much run straight down all of our blue runs without feeling like im out of control. But couldnt see myself going longer as it feels like I cant easily turn sharply but can cruise on these skis at around 35mph easily and more speed really isnt needed as I havent even been hitting the black with them yet. 

 

Ive gone thru about 3 pairs of boots with my shop and have gotten a decent pair a salamon quest 70 this was done my first day out.

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