Originally Posted by Pete No. Idaho
Cassina, Having a good winter?
The length ski's you are talking about is about right. It would be very premature and presumptive for me to recommend ski's because you skidded through the course. There are way too many reasons for skidding in a GS course. Usually (almost 99.9%) of the time you skid because of the engine being out of tune not the skis that may be out of tune or too long, too short etc. Racing is fun, racing is challenging, racing can be exciting and you'll meet some great people. If you are lucky you will make life long friends. I really recommend that you get involved with the local race clinics.. Even if you just Bash some gates, you'll meet people that will watch you race the courses and then can give you somes accurate advice on skis and other equipment. REMEMBER. There are a lot of good skiers that can't race but there are no good racers that aren't good skiers. Good luck. Most skidding and problems making Gates are from being Late, look ahead, head up and go for it.
It has been an excellent start to the season snow wise here in New Zealand and I have enough days up my sleeve fitness wise this season to have another go at racing. You are correct attending a race clinic would
be a good idea with regard to refining my technique however my finances
don't extend that far at the moment.
At the moment I see racing as just a side line skiing activity as there are
2 reasons why I have not pursued it seriously
(1) The amount of expensive skiing day you are loosing standing waiting for your turn etc
(2) I find that I ski best when I am soaked in sweat after some hard warmup runs and the cooling down while waiting my turn especially
my feet will always have some impairment on my performance.
I have a season ticket this year which is going to make the cost of skiing
cheaper and I may consider boot warmers to prevent my feet freezing while waiting my turn and if I meet a nice lady racer, that would be the icing on the cake. I must say that I did not find it a bad thing going in my
first race on my own as I did not have to care about impressing or worrying about what anyone would think of my skiing.
From the posts I have recieved there is obviously no black and white recommendation for ski length but I think I will put my 188cm P50s aside
for the Super G Masters Course if I still have the aspiration to go that far
after my SL & GS recreational races in the next few weeks.
Thanks for the reply