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Weight loss - effect on skiing???

post #1 of 6
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I don't know whether to ask this in this area or in instruction, but I suspect it might have more to do with gear than technique.

How much would loss of 20% or more of one's body weight affect an advanced skier on a given pair of skis?

Thanks
post #2 of 6
I'm not sure but it's never stopped me from posting before.

Height, weight and ability I believe are the key factors in picking a ski size. Terrain would be used for ski type.

So if you had a ski that was good for you, then lost the weight, you should be able to use the ski since your legs aren't less strong and you should have more energy.

Other things that might come into play are body shape. If your "dunlop" is gone or you no longer are renting out advertising space on your butt, that could change your natural fore/aft position and when you start skiing, you get in your old position. You might need to find your new "svelte" position.

This gets proven every time someone puts on a backpack with some weight in it.

If skiing is all about balance, it could be that you need to work on your balance again. Your muscles knew how to keep the old you in balance and now they have to learn how to keep the new you in balance.

Loose that much weight and your foot is probably slimmer too. Same with your calf. If you're using the same boots from pre weight loss, this will probably be affecting you too. Sloppy fitting boots = poor performance.

Loose enough weight and you might not be packing the weight you had in the past to flex your boots easily.

If I'm wrong, blame Epicski. I'm just applying things I learned here
post #3 of 6
Depends on how you lost the weight. I lost that much 2 years ago, but I lost a lot of muscle at the same time-Cancer. I couldn't muscle the skis around much anymore. Had to actually think about proper technique. My biggest issue was I was always f'n cold.

I've since put most of the weight back on, so at least I'm not cold anymore.
post #4 of 6
If you lost the weight in a good way, your legs will feel faster, you will sweat less for the same exertion, you will be less out of breath, and you will have more float in powder.
post #5 of 6
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the replies...

I think my issues are more balance issues, and perhaps getting my skis to flex...

I haven't skied a lot in the last few years due to health issues, including bilateral open rotator cuff surgery... the cancer hasn't slowed me down a lot (chemoembolization cycles not included), except for financially.

I just remember the skis always turning almost effortlessly... now they seem to float the pow and bust the crud better, but require more speed to turn. At speed, they still get it done ;-) (I could be delusional tho)

I will add this: I've skied 7 days in the last two weeks, and while I am tired at the end of day, I'm not HAMMERED... my recovery time is much shorter as well.
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I just remember the skis always turning almost effortlessly... now they seem to float the pow and bust the crud better, but require more speed to turn. At speed, they still get it done ;-) (I could be delusional tho)
I believe the physics is that to get the same force, a lighter object will have to travel faster.

I think some of the race skis need to hit warp factor four before they'll bend.

Being tired but not hammered at the end of the day is a good feeling.
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