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Did I Bite Off More Than I Can Handle?

post #1 of 21
Thread Starter 
Okay... here's the deal... after 24 years away from skiing because of knee reconstruction I am getting back into skiing to keep my kids company on the slopes... I got a great deal on some '02/'03 Salomon X-Scream Series (169cm) skis and put some Look P12 Lifter bindings on them (because I heard they were good for skiers with knee problems) and got some Salomon X-Wave 8 boots... I went with the X-Scream Series on the recommendation of a friend (he skis Crossmax 10's)... I was worried they were too much of a ski for me, but he said not to worry, I would grow into them... am I going to be sorry I got these skis... are they too much for someone getting back into skiing after so many years off... or, should I not worry and just go out there and hit the slopes... I guess what I really want to know, is this ski going to beat me up and punish be because I am not up to it's level... any feedback out there appreciated... thanks.
post #2 of 21
What are your physical attributes (height/weight) and what level do you expect to ski at? That would help in the determination. However, I am tempted to say that the X-Scream in a 169 will be a lot of fun...snappy and quick...but generally more forgiving than some of the beefier mid-fats out there. Share more about yourself and see if my staements are correct.
post #3 of 21
You have a good foundation. Lessons...lessons..lessons...that is your next step. Alot has changed in equipement, now you need to adjust in technique.

As far as your title and biting off more than you can chew..How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.
post #4 of 21
Thread Starter 
thanks for the feedback... I am 6'2 and about 195lbs (hoping to shed about 10lbs)... I was an intermediate level skier when I stopped skiing... I quit after taking a nasty fall and my bindings did not release, I thought I blew my knee again... after that fall, I was favoring my bad leg without knowing it... wondered why my thigh was pounding on my good leg after a run... realized I was favoring the bad leg and hung up my sticks out of frustration... if I couldn't ski like I used to, then I wasn't going to ski at all kind of thing, besides, I really didn't want to go through another knee rehab again... now, I'm older, wiser and don't need to get crazy (until I get some confidence I bet), and didn't like sitting in the lodge while the wife and kids were on the slopes... I do plan on taking lessons first off, probably followed by a few follow up lessons... really looking forward to trying to get the hang of this 'carving' thing... a lot different than the old style technique... again, thanks for the feedback.
post #5 of 21
tapar1, where will you be skiing?
post #6 of 21
Thread Starter 
I'll be doing most of my skiing in the Tahoe area.
post #7 of 21
I think you should come join us at the ESA.

But, that said, I think you'll have fun on those, especially as you get your legs back. I don't think that you bit off more than you can handle...
post #8 of 21
Quote:
Originally Posted by tapar1
thanks for the feedback... I am 6'2 and about 195lbs (hoping to shed about 10lbs)... I was an intermediate level skier when I stopped skiing...
You'll be fine. It sounds like you got some good gear and should have fun with the family out on the slopes instead of on the sidelines...Welcome back to skiing!
post #9 of 21
Thread Starter 
thanks ssh... makes me feel better about getting back into it on those skis... now, to find some time to hit the slopes... enjoyed your demo day reviews btw... good stuff.
post #10 of 21
Unless you find the average spagehtti dinner too much to handle, there's no way those noodles will have too much bite for you. If anything, for your size, they won't be enough ski.
post #11 of 21
The skis are perfect.

Take the lessons and get ready to shred the intermediate title.

Equipment is better, you will be too.

Welcome back.
post #12 of 21
no.
post #13 of 21
There are several ways to make skis easier to ski. Wax them. They will turn easier. Check the bottoms: if they are concave, file them flat (or have a shop do it). Check the bottom edge bevel: a 1 degree bevel will make them more forgiving. Stone off any edge burrs. A well tuned ski is easier to ski!
post #14 of 21
I'm far from being good enough to listen to on these forums, but I bought a ski I considered slightly 'too good' for me (7.24 Pros) - knowing I won't be getting another pair for at least a couple of years and I thought it was better than some I'd 'grow out of', well IMHO.

Rob
post #15 of 21
Sorry dawg, too little ski. At your size, you should be on a 179. And a little more stout ski than the foam core X-screams.

Might be ok for your 1st season back though.

Good boot choice.
post #16 of 21
series is wood core. Foolio. They'll be fine.
post #17 of 21
Quote:
Originally Posted by crudmeister
There are several ways to make skis easier to ski. Wax them. They will turn easier. Check the bottoms: if they are concave, file them flat (or have a shop do it). Check the bottom edge bevel: a 1 degree bevel will make them more forgiving. Stone off any edge burrs. A well tuned ski is easier to ski!
While I agree that a good tune will make any ski easier to ski on, be careful about the concave base thing. I can't speak for other manufacturers, but I know that Atomic states that there may be a bit of a concave shape on their bases, but that it's perfectly normal and shouldn't be touched.
post #18 of 21
Thread Starter 
the skis I have are a wood core... I wasn't sure about the 169's, but 20+ years ago I was on 180 Dynastar's... had a ski instructor and former Volkl sponsored GS racer tell me the 170 range would be okay for me and I figured they new more about it than I did... can always buy some new sticks after a few seasons of lessons and skiing... thanks again all for the feedback.
post #19 of 21
These skis will be alot more flexable than your old 180's. You'll be ok. I skied that ski in a 195 cm, but I know what I'm doing.
post #20 of 21
Cna't really even a imagine a much more forgiving ski out there unless you want to get into some garbage skis.


Cheers!
post #21 of 21
I honestly believe 169 would be not enough for you after first of the season, of course it depends a lot on how many times and where you are going to ski. X-Scream Series are wonderful ski, my wife skies on 161 and she is beginner-intermediate and much smaller then you are :-) She selected X-Scream Series after lot of demos
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