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Shorter-v-longer for learning

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Ok, I am at that wonderful stage of - Newbie. [img]smile.gif[/img] (Not a bad thing as I guess we all have to start out that way).
I have been twice in two years. First time I had really bad equipment and a really bad expierence and the second time I had shorter skis but they were also much better and I had a decent run.
I want to continue on shorter skis this year until I get more comfortable but my husband (who has been skiing for about 20 years)gives me a hard time every time I say that.
So is it easier and better to learn on the shorter skis first til you get some sort of control? I don't want to stay on them just learn on them.
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1. The boots! Get out of the rental boots NOW! Take a few days and try on boots. Do NOT buy at the first shop but try on at least ten boots of varying manufacturers. Learn about the term "volume" versus conventional shoe size. Read the other threads regarding boot fitting in the last few days.

2. You don't give height/weight/age but considering that you are determined to ski, don't buy a beginners ski. My wife is a strong intermediate and she is on a Stockli Spirit Edition V in a 150, her old skis were in the 160's range and she is quite happy short. Later down the road, you can think in terms of chasing powder, you'll be spending about 99% of your time on the groomers for now. Wife is about 110 pounds and in her mid 40's. Get a ski that too much on the wet noodle side and you will regret it on the hard pack and cut up chop.
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Yuki's advice is real good. I'd like to add stay on the shorter skis they are so much easier to learn on. Longer is better is really dated thinking.
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