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post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 
First of all Hi to everyone! I'm new in the forum as well as in skiing too. I bought my skis 3 or 4 years ago, a pair of Rossignol Open 100 but all this time only once i had used them. So this year i stated skiing and I'm facing this: I feel like my skis are not making a good contact to the ground (snow). Is it possible that they have bended-curved? I used to keep them for about 3 years near the central heating. I'm asking this because when i ski i feel like i cant stop sometimes (doing a V with my feet) and i also find difficulty to turn.

I will also post some photos of them as soon as I find my camera.
post #2 of 7
Hi welcome to EPIC.
You get snow in Greece?

Are you telling us you have only skied these ski and only skied one time in the last 3 or 4 years?

Bended-curved, I would think the ski would of had to get pretty warm to affect it. It's kind of hard to say from what you've posted. If you can take them to a shop and ask them, I'm sure they will give you some kind of answer.

I don't reconize that ski, I would guess it's a lower level ski. Depending on our size you may be over powering it.

If the shop says the ski is ok, you may want to take a lesson and see what the instructor say's.
post #3 of 7
Thread Starter 
When i bought the skies i had gone skiing for some times and the first time i tried them they looked ok. But after that for about 3 years i never used them and kept them in my room near the heating machine. About the skies when i bought them, they told me that they're for entry level skiers and it was a good choice. I still ski in easy levels.

I posted this because i didn't have the time to go to a shop and i wanted a quick opinion so if i really have to take them to do so.

anyway these are some photos..

post #4 of 7
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post #5 of 7
from the pics, there doesn;t seem to be anything wrong with the skis. the skis have a natural curve in them and when put up against each other like you have them, you will see a gap.

more likely, your ski bases are dry and that is resulting in poor performance. go get them waxed and sharpened before the next time you go out to ski.

while you are at it, go get some ski lessons to improve your skills. trying to wedge to stop is not good technique and fighting the ski and gravity will make things feel worse than they are.

post #6 of 7
Thread Starter 
Thanks a lot. It was this gap that makes me believe there's a problem wit them but if you say its natural.. I'll take your advise..
post #7 of 7
The fact that the skis are put together like they are and have a gap means they have some "Camber" to them. They come from the factory with this camber and are designed to be flexed in the turns. However, if the skis have been next to a heat source (you do not state if it is an extreme heat source- which could be bad or was it just a furnance heater vent) then they could have some issues. You have the 2 brakes on the binding internlocked together and this could be holding the skis tighter together than they would be put up against each other naturally. When you separate the 2 skis and hold the tip, push on the area around the bindings and see if the ski flexes and returns back to the natural curve. If it does and each seems to be about equal, then it is probably safe to say it is not the ski camber that is causing the problems. It could be technique (as others have mentioned- lessons or someone with experience and a trained eye to go out and ski with you), or they may need tuning and waxed- again mentioned by others to take them to a full ski shop that has technicians on hand to evaluate them and see if they need a ski tuning.
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