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Is It Me or the Ski?

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 
Ok, I know I'm a bit rusty. I just started skiing again a couple years ago after an 8 year stretch of avoiding the sport. This was due to the shock of how incredibly crappy the resorts here were in NJ after living in CO for 12 years. Anyway, I started doing moguls last season again and let me tell you they kicked my ass hardcore. I was all over the place. This season I'm a bit smoother but I still feel like I'm not quite with it. One thing that concerns me is my skiis. I have an old, old pair of K2s. Like almost a decade old. They're 190s, heavy, stiff, and straight. I don't really know what the idea was behind building these lincoln logs for skis. I tried on a pair of parabolics/shaped skis for one mogul run last weekend. Some Rossi shaped skis I think about 165cm. I felt like a pro (what I actually looked like I don't know). It was so much easier. So my question is was this all in my head? Am I just blaming my equipment? I just feel like I have to try so hard to go through the bumps. I know I have a lot of room for improvement skillwise, but how much better would a new pair of skiis do for me?

Any suggestions on what I should get (model, length) would help too. I'm 175lbs 5'7". Thanks.
post #2 of 11
You'll hear people here talk about how "it's the indian and not the arrow", meaning that a good skier can ski well on any ski. I think most would agree, however, that having the right equipment plays an important role in developing good skills. I have no doubt that you skied better with short, shaped skis.

Which skis for you? There are many possibilities. Skiing in the East, I'd think about demoing some Fischer RX 6 & 8's, Dynastar's SkiCross 9 & 10's, and Volkl's 5 & 6 stars.
At your size, I'd go 170 max and probably shorter depending on the stiffness of the ski.
post #3 of 11
Skis, yeah maybe. For me it's usually the boots that cause the issue. Flex, cant, fit, footbed - boots are complicated. I can ski on a wide variety of ski if my boots are right. If not, I can't ski "for $h!+".

Having said that, there is nothing like the right ski - out of the box - attached to me!
post #4 of 11

Technology marches on. Anyone who has skis more than 8 years old will be amazed when the ski on any new ski. They are that much better. It's not just the shape. There have been tremendous advances in glue and materials technology that have allowed ski designers to really build much better skis.

Look for a demo day at one of your nearby resorts and try as many different skis as you can.

If go with the Volkls, try the 5 star in the 161 length.
post #5 of 11
It's prolly a bit 'o both. But you definitely need to upgrade into the 21st century.

Gear is in a whole diff. league than it was 20 years ago.
post #6 of 11
Originally Posted by xdog1
It's prolly a bit 'o both. But you definitely need to upgrade into the 21st century.

Gear is in a whole diff. league than it was 20 years ago.
yeah it's sorta like,

"what happened to the ABA, and those red white & blue basketballs, and Rick Barry's bucket shot freethrow?"
post #7 of 11
You could analyze this all day at your keyboard. OR, you could just pick up these for $150 and figure it out on the hill:


I'd jump on these myself if I had the slightest excuse. You have the excuse!
post #8 of 11
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the advice. I want to demo, but I get so excited when I get to the mountain I never want to stop for anything. I think I will have to take the time to do this. That deal on the Head skiis seems good, but I don't want to just jump into anything right away. Though I'm sure at this point anything I get will be a huge improvement over what I have now.
post #9 of 11
Equipment is definately an issue here, but at the same time....most bump skiers are on shaped, twin tipped skis and therefore the bumps would be condusive to the type of skis that are smacking at them all day long.

I know some die hards don't ever want to give up the straight long boards and, as always they can be manageable through most terrain, but I for one don't miss them at all in the bumps!

If your boards are that long I will assume that your boots are not up to date and I can tell you that today's boot is worth every penny!

Maybe a nice letter to Santa promising to be a good boy for the rest of the year will show you a big surprise under the tree next Xmas!
post #10 of 11
sungwei, you answered your own question: you had more fun on modern skis. After going back to my old skis for a couple of runs "just to see", I have to say that today's skis are way better! Find yourself some new skis, and have fun demoing them. You may even be able to pick up demos the day before you ski so you don't have to stop for anything. Or, get their before the lifts open.
post #11 of 11
The Skis do make a big difference.

I too could do almost anything I wanted with the Rossi 9S in moguls I demoed last Christmas, but I tried out a pair of "180 Kästle RC Special R" mystery skis I found in my garage yesterday, and it was a whole 'nother story. I admit the edges were rusty, and I had to move the heel a little too far back to fit my boots, but still, I was humbled. I was in the backseat twice, I was catching edges, I did an unintentional 180 and lost a ski during my emergency backwards snow plow to a stop. After a couple of hours of mogul skiing, I had had enough exercise and went to the car for my cruizing skis, 208 cm Kästle RX12 National Team SG; the Special Rs were good enough at cruizing, but the SGs are just better (and a little sharper). I went back to the same moguls with my 208 cm skis, and it was even harder to ski them; it's only thanks to years of karate training that I had the leg strength to plant a board down in time to avoid becoming one with the snow fence.
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