Hi all - I have been a snowboarder for years, but for the past five years or so have really been interested in skiing as well. My friend turned me on to a blowout closing sale in Denver and I went ahead and bought some skiis. They seem to be a little short of the recommended range - I am 6' 2 and bought 170cm skiis, K2 Shreditor 92s. I am also pretty lightweight for my height, only 165lbs. I know they are a bit wide for a beginner, but I figured the shorter length would compensate, and honestly they were so cheap it would be difficult to regret the purchase. They also match the type of skiing I plan on doing - all mountain. I think they should be fine for getting used to skiing, but please let me know any thoughts. Another concern I have is that since I live in Colorado and we ski/snowboard a lot now, do you think these will be frustrating if/when I do become good at skiing? Maybe looking too far ahead on that one, but just wondering. Thanks in advance for any help!
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First off welcome to EpicSki, and welcome to the world of two planking!
Second, I'll be very brief and say that yes, this ski is extremely short for you. It is a tip/tail rockered ski, so it is going to ski significantly shorter than its 170 length. To give you a comparison, I'm 5'9" on a good day, and my daily driver is a 178 that only has some tip rocker, and is 98 underfoot. It may work for you to start off with, as starting with a short ski can help. However, you will very quickly outgrow this ski at your height.
Third, let me give a bit of heads up about starting skiing, as someone who has instructed both skiing and snowboarding. The learning curves between the two sports are very different, almost opposite. As you know, in snowboarding, basic proficiency is very difficult to attain. That first week or two of snowboarding is really hard. But once you have basic proficiency, your path to mastery is much easier. Skiing is typically the reverse. Basic proficiency is relatively easy to obtain. However, the path to mastery of skiing is much, much more difficult. Many people, especially athletic ones, can be comfortably skiing groomed blue terrain in an open parallel within a day or two. Going from that point to dynamic parallel on steeps, ungroomed, and variable terrain can take months, years, sometimes decades.
This is given not as a warning to discourage, but rather as information so you can calibrate your expectations appropriately. Good luck!
Your second question is more personal because it depends on your financial situation. If you have a million dollars in your bank account, who cares go nuts, use those skis, if they aren't good then throw them away or donate them.
But for those of us who aren't made of money.
So for cost savings, most people will buy either a used pair of skis or an inexpensive set of beg/inter skis to progress from begineer through higher intermediate. So don't buy skis for you in +2years, buy for now so you can learn on them.
So if you got a really good deal on the new skis, greatkeep them, because any change is mainly because you can save money!
If they cost you a lot, you would have been better served financially to return them, and buy a used pair of demo skis with the intention of replacing them once you improve.
For used skis, don't buy anything more than 2 or 3 seasons old, Most of the depreciation should've already kicked in and you don't save much by going older. For about $400-$500 you can get a LOT of bang for your buck for used Demos and even potentially get some of that back if/when you grow out of the skis. With used demos, you don't need to pay for binding remounts, and if/when you sell it the next owner will value it a bit more for the same binding savings.
You can learn on 92skis, however it may prevent you from picking up better techniques and feel a bit clumsy. Something around 80 would be more ideal.
All this being said, the skis are less of the equation versus getting boots that fit well, so per the sticky in this thread, focus your efforts on boots.
Edited by raytseng - 4/4/16 at 1:34pm
If you spent $200 that's different than if you spent $700.
You need to identify what is the alternative option, and not just the theoretical alternative but exactly what youd do instead.