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Wrong Level of Skis! Does it exist?

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: I have just purchased a pair of Salomon XW Tornado that has the wood core in it. My brother is not quite as good as me skiing (I qualify him as a good intermidiate) but thinks he needs the same pair that I bought. He is convinced in buying Salomon brand. I told him he should step down to maybe the XW Blast (same ski that is nonwood core) or the next step down to the XW 10.
1) Would he be ok buying the same skis I bought? Or should he get a smaller pair ( I bought 170 - he and I are similar in height).
2) Can anyone tell me what would happen if someone gets a ski that is "too much" so-to-speak ( in performance) when they are skiing.
3) Or can you get a ski that is too much in performance? Does is it make more of a challenge (ski type) if your a novice versus a real good intermidiate?
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Originally Posted by Baukerman View Post
: I have just purchased a pair of Salomon XW Tornado that has the wood core in it. My brother is not quite as good as me skiing (I qualify him as a good intermidiate) but thinks he needs the same pair that I bought. He is convinced in buying Salomon brand. I told him he should step down to maybe the XW Blast (same ski that is nonwood core) or the next step down to the XW 10.
1) Would he be ok buying the same skis I bought?
2) Can anyone tell me what would happen if someone gets a ski that is "too much" so-to-speak ( in performance) when they are skiing.
3) Or can you get a ski that is too much in performance? Does is it make more of a challenge (ski type) if your a novice versus a real good intermidiate?
1) No.
2) Generally when someone buys a ski that is too much for them, they end up needing medical attention.
3) Yes.
post #3 of 6
SierraJim would be a good person to hit up about this.

I know from demoing skis for 2 seasons that you can totally buy a ski that is beyond your skill level and it will throw you around, so to speak. There's also a different feel amongst brands, too. Probably best for your brother to get some recommendations based on his skill and perhaps demo, as well.
post #4 of 6
The XW 10 would be a phenomenal ski for him. I have a brief review in the consumer gear reviews which you could show him. It wasn't quite enough ski for me, but I could tell it would be an absolutuely perfect ski for most good intermediates as you describe him.

It all comes down to how big the gap is between the ski and your ski level. You can try to buy skis a little beyond your ability at the time and use them to continue improving yourskiing. If you're getting everything possible out of a pair of skis, you have no room to improve any further.

You definately don't want to go too far though, or it will definately hurt your technique and put you in danger.
post #5 of 6
I would say that I'm also a good intermediate skier, yet I've skied on my friends race skis without any problems.

Sure, the skis feel different, but at least it would give him something to grow into.
post #6 of 6
Based on 45 years of skiing experience I can assure you that buying a high performance ski will not make you or your brother a better skier unless you already have the skills to utilize it, but it can sure make you miserable. If you are not putting enough energy into a ski to make it work properly you will literally be fighting it. A good skier can ski any type of ski and make it work. An intermediate skier on a stiff ski made for going faster than they are comfortable skiing will probably be inhibiting there advancement way more than they are helping it. Many of us have had to learn the hard (and expensive) lesson that you can not buy a better turn, although the industry keeps trying to sell them.
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