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Curious about changing skis. A little apprehensive.

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Just wondering as the start of our season here in Buffalo looks like next weekend.

I'm 47 have been skiing 40 years. Am 6-3, 285#. I Ski mostly at Holiday Valley about 30 times a year and in LP a few times a year. I would like to think I am pretty good, although no jumps or moguls. I have learned to carve smoothly and link my turns.

I have always been told to ski a GS ski, which I have for the past ten years or so. I have always skied fast.

Last March I tore my ACL & MCL. I have been cleared to ski this season. I had been skiing Dynastar Course 66's in 184 and before that Course 64's in a 190. I really like them, but think I need to slow down a bit for now. I think they have a radius of about 21M.

With out being able to demo, I bought a pair of Hot Rod Top Fuels in a 178. I read a lot of reviews, looked like a very versatile ski. Radius of about 17M. I wanted them.

With the knee thing I am a little nervous, very excited, and extremely eager to try these.

Are they going to be hugely different to ski? Do I just use my same technique and go for it? Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.

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Originally Posted by Skiboats View Post
Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.

I went from my 208 SGs (radius about 60 m) to a 165 SC (radius 13 m), but I did demo other skis in that range. Here are some thoughts for you.

I do ski slower on the shorter skis, but it seems faster. A little like going 100 mph in a little Eagle Talon feels faster than going 100 mph in a Chevy Caprice.

If you are used to slicing the snow with your skis on a high edge angle, the technique change needed to adapt is no big deal. Having a little bit of an idea what to expect, I enjoyed my very first run on the new-fangled short shaped skis (demo day 1 was Rossi 9S Oversize and 9X oversize). They were particularly nice and effortless in making short turns at slow speeds. The SGs required a lot of weight transfer to the front inside edge of the outside ski and a strong extension preceded by a little dynamics to compensate for my light weight to bend it enough to make that first turn of the lift. The change in technique was a little like going from an old full-sized '68 Ford Sedan with no power-steering to a Mustang GT with power steering. Just a little shift in weight, and a slight tipping is required with the new skis. Salomon Equipe SCs felt like they only required me to think about turning.

I did have one incident worth mentioning, after spending a morning on my SGs, I took the SCs onto a couple of feet of moderately steep wet untracked snow and made a turn, automatically loading the tip a little more than needed. The tips dug in and turned on a dime. I double-ejected and did a somersault on my head. I scored a ten from the skiers on the lift. Such a move could be hard on your knees, so don't over-crank your binders (not that you need to be told that).

In a nutshell, you should have no problems, just ride the edges, don't be too aggressive with your inputs, and remember to adapt while switching between skis during the day.
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i pro rep for nordica and first want to say that you picked my favorite ski in our line. i have stated that the top fuel does everything well and nothing poorly. in short it's a very versatile stick.

concerning technique. i guess i'd some up my thoughts by saying you can employ the same technique, however, you will eventually will find that new technology has enabled us to enjoy new technique.

three years ago i had major knee surgery in the off season. i can remember like it was yesterday my first few turns on the new leg. there isn't much anyone can say to ease your concerns. listen to what your body tells you. it has taken me a couple of seasons to fully rehab. i'm 51 and we don't heal like we did at age twenty! the good news is that for the first time this season i feel 100%. yesterday i skied with two peers whom i feel are at the top of the game in terms of their "eye" and an understanding of skiing mechanics. i don't turn as well one way. i now realize much has to do with the left side of my body. can it be fixed! you bet. be patient. take your time. ski slow. gain confidence.

my heartfelt suggestion is that you find a level III cert at holiday valley and explore the possibilities that your new skis open for you.
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Thanks for the reassuring words.

Ghost, if you get down to HV and are interested PM me. I can almost always make it on a weekday morning. Weekends it's the fam.

Rusty, Glad to here that. As far as my technique, I pretty much have the carving thing figured out my last skis are '05 with a sidecut of104-66-91. Nothing like the Top Fuels, yet certainly far from straight. I still need to widen my stance some. I have not taken a lesson in 30+ years, but I think I will take you up on that.

Looks like HV will open Thursday or Friday!

Thanks Folks.
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don't know if he is still around, however, the ssd at hv in the early nineties was peter stranski (sp?). he was a very good skier/teacher.
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