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Snow Blades???

post #1 of 10
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Just thought I give a holla out to ya'll! Great site, great people! [img]tongue.gif[/img]

Couple quick question though...

My girlfriend and I are going to hit some early snow up at Mont Sainte Anne this season. Hopefully it will be there by mid to late November!?!? :

Anyways, for some reason Jen LOVES the snow blades, and instead of droppin the coin on some new skis, she wants to pick up a pair of blades instead. My question is… what would these ride like up there, or on any other mountain of similar size and snowfall? Would they sink too quick in powder? Or are they a good idea for her?

She says she feels waaaaayyy more comfortable on the blades than her own skis. She will tackle black diamonds on the blades where she wouldn’t with her skis, so I’ll give her big credit for that! I just don’t know what big mountain bladdin would be like?
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post #3 of 10
My personal experiences would suggest this is a bad idea. I have done skiboards/blades/whatever both here at home in Thredbo and also for a day or two at Whistler. At home they were fine and dandy on the fastish groomers, but as soon as they hit ice or slush or ANYTHING other than perfect groomers they were not a lot of fun. Not a lot of edge control or stability (I think due to surface area) and nowhere NEAR the amount of speed I would usually take the terrain at. To top it off, one of the bindings snapped in normal use : . If that didn't put me off, I tried them again in Whistler on one of the most heaven sent pow days you have ever seen! Mid calf pow, variety of groomed and untracked etc. and they were just hopeless. Not stable, not fast all around not worth it! If she has tried them at your local/home resort and loves it, by all means give it a go - but get some bigger blades with more surface area for a bigger mountain. If she hasn't tried them in that terrain/conditions before, make sure she demo's before she buys!

The Ozzie One.
post #4 of 10
If she is not a confident skier then I would definately not send her out on black runs in equipment that has not enough surface area to float in powder, not enough edge to hold well on ice and non release bindings.

Sounds like she is just on the wrong 'normal' skis. What is she skiing? Maybe she needs something a bit shorter, more forgiving flex and sidecut. Is she on a womans ski (they're lighter so easier to manoeuvre in bumps).

Blades are a tool for centering or a gadget for the park etc, they should not be a replacement for a real ski.

Go the extra dollar and get skis that are appropriate for her or at least hire some.
post #5 of 10
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Originally posted by Bec:
If she is not a confident skier then I would definately not send her out on black runs in equipment that has not enough surface area to float in powder, not enough edge to hold well on ice and non release bindings.

Sounds like she is just on the wrong 'normal' skis. What is she skiing? Maybe she needs something a bit shorter, more forgiving flex and sidecut. Is she on a womans ski (they're lighter so easier to manoeuvre in bumps).

Blades are a tool for centering or a gadget for the park etc, they should not be a replacement for a real ski.

Go the extra dollar and get skis that are appropriate for her or at least hire some.
Thank you for the advice! Her skis are very old (straight sticks) and she still has rear entry boots! So I can understand why she hates them vs. the Blades. She was also a figure skater for 15 years, and said that the Blades felt like she was in her skates again.

I was looking at the Atomic E:5w's for her, but I am open to many other ideas!

What do the other ladies of this forum ski on?
post #6 of 10
Get her a pair of Solly Scream 8 Pilots, a few lessons on shaped ski technique, and hide those dame blades on her.

Tell her to stop being such a gaper and SKI! [img]graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img]
post #7 of 10
Firstly, burn the boots and never speak of them again - the skis too if you like.

Secondly, get her some good boots, fitted properly by a person that know what they are doing. Make sure you also get custom footbeds. Even if all this costs a bit and she needs to hire skis for the trip, she needs good equipment on her feet.

Then start looking at skis. Demo a few different ones if you can. Sounds like she is pretty athletic so don't go too lower end because she will probably outstrip them quickly. I think the scream 8 pilots are pretty soft so maybe something that gives her a bit more room to grow.

Look here
http://www.peterkeelty.com/
for ski reviews
post #8 of 10
I've seen some boot-top fractures with snowblades. I would avoid them, I think they're unsafe.
post #9 of 10
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Originally posted by The Oz:
My personal experiences would suggest this is a bad idea. I have done skiboards/blades/whatever both here for a day or two at Whistler.
The Ozzie One.
Oz- I think it is a sin punishable by death to use snowlerblades at whistler!


duke
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Originally posted by duke:
</font><blockquote>quote:</font><hr />Originally posted by The Oz:
My personal experiences would suggest this is a bad idea. I have done skiboards/blades/whatever both here for a day or two at Whistler.
The Ozzie One.
Oz- I think it is a sin punishable by death to use snowlerblades at whistler!


duke
</font>[/quote]I know. Have regretted it ever since. Was only one day and one mountain (Blackcomb) but would have been bliss on even the most basic midfats. Oh well, I made up for it since. Did 2-3 months there this year [img]tongue.gif[/img]
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