|Originally posted by segbrown:
I've been looking for a (cheap) second pair of shorter skis that I can use when skiing with my kids. The newspaper here in Denver is advertising a midnight madness sale at Gart's today -- and one of the ads is for some Dynamic skis and bindings for $179.99. Models are VR CR7 HC men's or C7 ladies'....
I am not familiar with that particular model, but in case they turn out to be older straight skis, I think a note of caution is in order. Kids learn by imitating. If you are on straight skis (of any length) at slow, kid-friendly speeds, every turn you make will be mostly skidded, and the techniques that you will use to turn the skis will be appropriate for skidded turns. If you have read this forum for any length of time, you probably already know that while pure skidded turns have their use, they are not considered the best introduction to modern skiing, but that's exactly the message your kids will be receiving from you if you are on straight skis, no matter how good your technique is when you are on more modern equipment.
My daughter started skiing at 3 y.o, and is now 10. She has only had a few pro lessons in her life. Last weekend, she wanted to take a lesson, and I was initially proud to see she was put in a level 7-8 class. However, when I spotted her and her instructor doing drills, they were on the steepest trail on the mtn, and I immediately recognized in her just about every flaw I have in my own skiing.
My suggestion is that if you are serious about your kids skiing, do your kids and yourself a favor and pick up a cheap pair (eg, last-year's rentals) of shaped skis and make sure your own skiing is up to snuff.
Tom / PM[ February 20, 2003, 02:28 PM: Message edited by: PhysicsMan ]