Originally Posted by dmon
I looked up the side cut, her ski's are. 90-63-80 The ski's I believe I saw at the shop are 103-65-90. Not that much of a diifferance but they looked much bigger at the tip and tail. One more question. Ski height, her ski's go up half way between mid chest and her chin (100cm). If I go up to a 110cm they go up to her mouth. She's 50 inches, 85 pounds. I'm trying to make things as easy as possible for her. I'm 39 so when I learned it was top of my head with ski's then I worked up to some 205's then went down to 180 when the K2 four came out. Now I'm down to a 170 (I'm 5'10"). I'm old school so I'm confused about the modern day beginer.
Thanks for your input, Dan
Great to see the definition of "wide" was resolved. Even though on "paper" the dimensions don't look to be that different, the skis will react differently the more edge she begins to get. 10mm+ is quite a bit at tip and tail when the ski waist changes little. The shapelier ski is "more ski" at the same length, so be conservative on length if you go with more shape. Chest high sounds good as others have said.
The key to whether she can use the sidecut will be if she can "bend" the ski. An easy way to tell is to put 2 small 2x4 blocks on the floor (4" side down)- one under the tip and the other under the tail. Have her stand on the middle of the ski. If her body weight doesn't make the middle of the ski touch the floor (or close to it), she won't get the full benefit of the ski as she progresses. A "soft ski" is a good thing at the start.
Before you buy new skis, maybe demo a pair that you're interested in and see which she prefers. She may or may not notice any difference in the beginning.
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