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post #1 of 11
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I am a boarder and introduced my wife to skiing. I am not one of the punks with my boxers exposed. Well I have decided to split my time 50/50 so I can hang with my wife on the slopes.
-I have only skied for 4 hrs and had problems with the wedge because of my duck foot habit from boarding. How can I fix this?
-I felt comfortable with parrallel turns on the green & blues however my turns were not really well linked.
-I think I have made excellent progress for one day. How long should I wait before I pick up the pace? Should I wait until I am no longer skidding my turns before moving to reds? It is more difficult to control your speed than with a snowboard
- I have seen 2 skis for sale that look like great bargains. Anybody have any opinions? Head Xenon 5 & Head Monster IM70 lightening "old stock but unused" both 170cm
- I weigh 180lbs and 6'1" or 185cm
Any opinions that may help me through the learning curve are certainly appreciated.
post #2 of 11
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I do not plan on giving up snowboarding though. If you add a foot of the fresh stuff the skiis may remain in the car.
post #3 of 11
any reason you can't snowboard while your wife skis??
post #4 of 11
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My wife is still a begginer and I hate walking through the flat spots. I have learned to ride switch already playing on the easier slopes.
post #5 of 11
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I bought Head I-TYPE boots today. I just need to find an awesome deal on skis.
post #6 of 11
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Originally Posted by ttchad View Post
-I have only skied for 4 hrs and had problems with the wedge because of my duck foot habit from boarding. How can I fix this?
Don't bother. Wedging is something that they teach people to get them through the first couple of days, other than that it's fairly useless. It sounds like you've learned some reasonable facsimile of a parallel turn, use that instead. Or learn the hockey stop (the same idea as a heel-scrape on a board) and leave the wedge behind.

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- I have seen 2 skis for sale that look like great bargains. Anybody have any opinions? Head Xenon 5 & Head Monster IM70 lightening "old stock but unused" both 170cm
The Monster is a decent ski. Whether it's the right one for you, I can't say. Don't know about the Xenon.
post #7 of 11
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Thanks Walt!
It feels strange to take off the snowboard after a Black Run only to struggle with reds and blues all over again.
Atleast now I can face my problems and not worry about a blind side. The snowboarders worst enemy. I stopped wearing an IPOD in fear not hearing someone.
post #8 of 11
Well ttchad, you still have a blind side...nowadays one should have eyes with a spheric field of view...
Anyhow, me too I don't know about the Xenon 5 but the Heads IM 70 are quite a nice ski...I see on last year catalog that the Xenon are listed as ski for low-intermediate...the Monster are the "allmountain" line, so may be targeted to skier a bit omre advanced that those for the Xenon, but since you're an experienced snowboarder, your progresses should be quick...did I mention "take a lessons or two"? Well, that would be a good thing to do. An instructor will be able to phase you in much quickly than anything else...
As for the ipod, I use a Giro helmet with tuneup and it's ok....I can hear external noises sufficiently well (also I don't listen to music all the time)
post #9 of 11
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I stopped wearing an IPOD in fear not hearing someone.
You're learning fast grasshopper.

If you wan't, I will be willing to give your wife private lessons - free of charge.

Congrats on the crossover, going both ways it very satisfying - so I'm told.
post #10 of 11
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..did I mention "take a lessons or two"? Well, that would be a good thing to do. An instructor will be able to phase you in much quickly than anything else...

I wish this were an option. I am in Southern Italy and speak very llittle Italian. Our resort Roccaraso does not have any english speaking instructors.
Once I get a hang of things I will be asking alot of questions regarding form and posture.
The one tip that helped out most boarding was to hold your pockets. This caused you more or less to only use your lower body and helps with dynamic carving.
post #11 of 11
You're in Southern Italy (Well, that's really Central Italy)? For how long?
Will you have any chance to come up north?
If yes, any of the resort in Northern Italy (even the smallest) should be equipped with English speaking instructors (in my area there's a "sensible" quantity of Britons coming thanks to Rayanair cheap airfares)
If you can't, well, I'm sorry for the language barriers, I'm baffled by that, English language is a subject of study at school since a long time, I would guess that even in the area there people (including instructors) would speak at least some rudiments...
Well, good luck to you and your family then. And welcome to Italy!
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