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post #121 of 128

If you like 150 skis, you may want to try skiboards - I normally ski 170-180 length skis (and I'm 155 lbs), but I occasionally use Summit Marauder (125cm long, 117mm wide under foot) for goofing around. As long as I don't go too fast, Marauder can handle pretty much any condition.

 

Eventually you want longer skis if you want to ski real steeps, or ski at high speed, or ski really deep powder. But if you don't care about those, shorter skiboards work just fine.

 

That said, using shorter skis as a way to get over plateau sounds like a suboptimal way to me. You can't easily learn and practice some of the skills necessary to overcome the plateau with extremely short skis.

post #122 of 128
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Thanks for your advice is realistic.

Some ski manufacturers as HEAD propose solutions like this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mv7PJGLEhWU

What about this?

 

Is that an official marketing video created by Head?  Am I the only one who reacted to it by picturing a clueless group of Texans hiking, triggering a slide with one of them barely surviving and suing the crap out of Head when he gets better?

 

The part where they say you don't have to know anything to use it is...worrying?  I'd like to think I'm not an elitist guy but I don't hike because I haven't had done a snow safety course (plus I'm lazy). Total novices going into the back country on any serious mountain seems unwise, short skis seem unhelpful.

post #123 of 128
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 Total novices going into the back country on any serious mountain seems unwise, short skis seem unhelpful.

 

Yes the video is odd to say the least. I'm not sure who their target market is with that kind of content.

 

As to short skis appearing unhelpful, people have been going into the back country with short skis, AS THEIR PREFERENCE, long before parabolic skis, release bindings, modern technique, grooming and lift served terrain. There is nothing new in the concept.

post #124 of 128
Right, my issue isn't people going into the backcountry on short skis instead of 200 cm powder boards boards. That said if you really don't know what you're doing I doubt short skis will save you (to me the video looked like it was claiming those skis made it so easy anyone could do it).

I get people have preferences, having never hiked I am obviously not best positioned to have a view on those trade offs. I suspect I personally wouldn't enjoy very short skis on the downhill part, but if others do whatever works for them is fine with me. I have observed better skiers tend to prefer longer boards and surely we're not all suffering from collective insanity, so I think length does have some favorable properties. I can see why short can be good too tho, bumps and low angle terrain especially.
post #125 of 128
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130cm skis in 3D powder. Hahahahahahaha ROTF.gif

You can make any length or width of ski work in any conditions with the right skill set.


Yeah, but if the slope isn't very steep, that skill set better include walking on skis.  I hate getting bogged down!

post #126 of 128

*shrug*  I can imagine no better gear for 8-10cm of fresh (or even refreeze) on Ontario drumlins for someone that didn't have telemark skills.      Especially if the bindings are rebadged Ambitions.  

http://www.epicski.com/t/133235/any-tyrolia-ambition-skiers-out-there

post #127 of 128
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 Total novices going into the back country on any serious mountain seems unwise, short skis seem unhelpful.

 

Yes the video is odd to say the least. I'm not sure who their target market is with that kind of content.

 

Winter hikers and Firngleiter users.   https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Firngleiter

post #128 of 128

Try Even Shorter.  I'm about 5' 8" 220lbs and i ride 75's Best way to down a mountain :D

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