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Volkl Energy 220

post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 
Last year was my first year skiing and these are the skis I got. Obviouslly they are beginner skis and I quickly improved over the season to be able to ski the double blacks in the east. By the end of the season, I had trouble getting these skis to do what I wanted them to, and I was wondering if it would be best if I put down the cash to get a new paor of skis. By the way they are the right size for me, so that's not an issue. Any advice is appreciated.
post #2 of 9
If you like them, why not upgrade to another of last year's Volkls models if you can find them on sale now?
post #3 of 9
Gie us some specifics.

What is your height, weight, agressive/relaxed skiing style? What length are your current Volkls?

What places did you ski at? Double blacks don't mean anything if they are at 400 foot vertical hills. Most people can get down anything but it might not look or feel good.

What problems are you having with the skis? Are they too flimsy and bouncy?

Do you parallel turn and carve or skid more sideways into turns.
post #4 of 9
Thread Starter 
Well I'm 5'10" about 125 pounds. I ski pretty aggressivly and my current skis are 156's. The double blacks iv'e skiied are only the ones at seven springs and holiday valley, each with about 750' vertical, the people I was with sayed I looked pretty good, and I was carving them. The problem I had with my skis was that they just had trouble doing what I wanted them to do fast enough. It took them a bit to respond to my actions, and they just didnt always go fast enough when I was doing NASTAR and stuff, they almost seemed to stick to the snow.

And as I said, I use almost entirely carving.
post #5 of 9
I would check your boots to make sure they are sized properly.

A sloppy boot will make any ski feel like it is sluggish.

It's hard going into the second year of skiing on beginner skis because you can go from a never ever to a solid intermediate in a year or so.

If you really like your Volkls, see if you can demo the 4 Stars.

Don't go too stiff or you will be pushing your tails instead of carving.
post #6 of 9
I found the boot issue to be key to ski response as well. Stepping up form entry-level boots to intermediate-level ones also would help that cause.
post #7 of 9
Thread Starter 
Yea I also have beginner level boots. Does anyone have any reccomendation for a good boot for me?
post #8 of 9
I would ask around this board for recommendations for boots for foot types, but 99.9% of people here will tell you to go get fitted. You should be able to get good deals on last year's models now.
post #9 of 9
I'd look at the boots too. I had a similar situation. I upgraded to a more advanced ski, but didn't upgrade the boot. They were great with my Bandit x's but not so great with the 6*'s . A local mountain has demo boots as well as skis because they know how important a proper boot is to proper performance. I took a pair of their boots with my skis and they were much more responsive.

Also, you said that your problem was at the end of the season, had you tuned the ski or had the skis tuned professionally? This could also be part of the problem. If nothing had been done to them all season they probably were in need of a good wax and edge treatment. A lot of seasoned skiers tune or have their skis tuned many times during a season while beginners usually don't do it at all. (especially if they are not told to by the ski shop - some shops still tell you skis are no-wax...don't believe them.)
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