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The Prodigal Skier Returns

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It took me nine years and a trip to Iraq, but I finally hit the slopes again today at Waterville Valley. I can't believe how much has changed. Almost everyone wears a helmet now (a good thing) and I think I saw only one person with straight skis today. When I last skied it was quite the opposite. Looking online I don't think you can even buy straight skis anymore. I did see a couple tele skiers though which made me smile.

The strangest thing also happened when I went to the rental area. The rental guy asked me what length ski I needed and I said 182's, (I'm 5'11") he looked at me like I had two heads. I ended up getting 167's. I was 14 the last time I skied 160's.

Skiing with the shaped skis they gave me didn't feel different than my old Dynastars, probably cause I don't remember how the feel. But the motions came back pretty quickly. By the end of the day I was happy to hit 4 diamond runs, I did Ciao and Gema twice each. Not the most difficult terrain, but it made me feel good to get back in the sadle.

One thing though hasnt changed and that is how just how incredible skiing is. I dont think there is any better natural high. The adrenaline, mixed with the altitude, and the crisp air. I can't believe it took this long to get back. I will be dreaming of powder tonight.
post #2 of 10
Welcome back to skiing and welcome to Epic! I was in the same boat as you 3 years ago after not skiing for 10 years. Used to ski 195 GS skis and moved to 170 cm shaped skis. I've now gone back to a bit longer ski and am happy on my high 170's and low 180's skis.

Have fun!

Mike
post #3 of 10
Prodigal,

Glad you enjoyed your first day back on the hill and thanks for sharing with us. Hope you get plenty more days in before the season ends. Thanks for serving our great country.
post #4 of 10
Welcome back to...everything. Welcome to Epic.
I can relate to what you're saying. Just this morning I was trying to explaining to a non skiing colleague what a wonderful day I had spent yesterday on the mountain. Only people who have experienced that can understand.
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Prodigal,

Glad you enjoyed your first day back on the hill and thanks for sharing with us. Hope you get plenty more days in before the season ends. Thanks for serving our great country.
+1
I took about 10 years off too. Welcome back
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Yah now I have to work on a way to justify to my girlfriend why Im going to be gone every other weekend and why my monthly budget has just increased...I tried to explain to her how awesome skiing is, but she doesnt get it. She is more the beach type. Oh well.
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Yah now I have to work on a way to justify to my girlfriend why Im going to be gone every other weekend and why my monthly budget has just increased...I tried to explain to her how awesome skiing is, but she doesnt get it. She is more the beach type. Oh well.
The above remind me of a scene in Aspen Extreme...
post #8 of 10
Get her to visit this site's Quiver Threads, and say, "see babe -- I only need 3 or 4 pairs of skis, I'm not nearly as bad as the rest of these guys..."

Then show her the skiier days threads, and tell her "see how much time I reserve for you?"

Of course, when you start comparing yourself to those on this site, then you know you have a problem. (Geeze, only 3 trips out west for me this year? I'm a slacker)

Welcome back to the obsession...

--A_0
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Well when we first got together and she asked my what my life long dream was I told her to live in a VW microbus at a gas station in VT and pump gas to afford lift tickets. So I guess she was already warned. Good news, there is an orange 1967 down the street, guy is asking 3800
post #10 of 10

Take lessons

I switched from straight skis to shaped about 7 or 8 years ago, and my advice is to take lessons. You can ski shaped skis with the same techniques as straight, but you really shouldn't.
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