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Hi

Lurker - first post.

I am looking for some advice, just picked up skiing again end of last season after 16/17 years...things have changed a little..

I used to ski 203 SL and 207 GS...so..looked around and couldn't find any that length..so picked up a 160 Fischer SC and just picked up Dynastar Omeglass WC 165's.

Now my question is I am looking at a Dynastar Course PRO ..softer GS ski??..but what length...182?? or 176 ??.. I am 5:9 around 170 lbs.

I want to try Nastar this coming year and hopefully progress into some Masters races somewhere.

Background, used to own a ski shop in the UK, was a rep for Elan in the UK inbetween managing a shop and owning one. last Ski's of any note, race dept Dynastar Course GS and K2 CVC Comp. Always skied in the Alp's (usually on free testing weeks)..so the hills around PA seems somewhat different..but good facilities....and close.

So any help appreciated..

BTW for Retro thread...Klammer had his own range of ski's for 2 years (made by Blizzard)...pink and grey, not great sellers even in europe.

thanks

Dave
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Welcome.

Mind if we ask which PA hills? 
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Welcome.  We actually have a few NASTAR ringers here along with the usual skiers of all abilities.  All are welcome to sign up for the Epicski Naster Team

Oh, and I'm about your size and still get skis as long as I can regardless of the new technology.  And, I was only skiing 190 SL and 196 GS in the old days.  My SL is 170 and my GS is 181, but I would have gone longer on the GS if the price was right.  Comprex and most of the others around here know more about racing skis than I do.  I just still like the feel of longer skis  better than shorter ones.
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Hi DaveC,

Welcome!

Most Masters racers are on a 181 - 188 GS ski. SL 155 - 165. Quite frankly, the shorter, the better in most cases. Unless you are in super athletic condition, the longer skis will ski you rather than the other way around. You have a better chance of controlling the shorter skis. The older guys (over 60 or so) are on shorter skis than that especially for GS. Our courses in Rocky Mountain Masters tend to be fairly turny so the shorter lengths help keep the fun in the racing; read: make it possible to make the turns.

Get coaching. These skis are dangerous if not skied properly. Despite coaching, I tore my ACL in my first season back from a 25 year hiatus from racing because I failed to comprehend the energies that the skis built up and how differently they behaved from 'straight' skis.

Please give us some feedback on how you liked the Fischer and Dynastars you did get. That will help us understand what works and doesn't work for you. Find some local racers and coaches to talk to. They can help you pick the right ski for what you will expect to see when you get in the gates.

Best of luck with your return to racing. I returned, as I said, after 25 years out of the gates and found the ski racing to be great and exciting, and the people fantastic.

MR

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Thanks Guy's for the replies.

In PA, been thru Bear Creek, Camelback, Blue mountain, not made it to Elk yet. Enjoyed them all, much better during the week though,

The Fischers SC are the only ones i had a chance to use end of last season, I was amazed about the ability to carve quickly, using my old technique, I would end up almost skiing back uphill at the end of a turn. I will have to work on the transition a little more.

So now thinking I will get the Dynastar GS in the 182, radius of 25m. I expect that the Nastar corses will differ in turn radius required depending on the hill and slope used. So I expect that switching between SL and GS skis may be useful.

Again thanks for the input.

Great site without witch I would not have had any idea about the new equipment around..I wondered why my first trip out last season people where looking at me weird...with my 207's at Bear Creek...

cheers

Dave
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 Dave,

Where do you live? I am at Wicks in Exton if I can be of any service. 
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Originally Posted by DaveC19335 View Post


Great site without witch I would not have had any idea about the new equipment around..I wondered why my first trip out last season people where looking at me weird...with my 207's at Bear Creek...

cheers

Dave

Dave...that was pure admiration you were seeing on their faces
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Thanks Phil

I actually live in Marsh Harbour..pass Wicks everyday.

I jumped the gun and ordered the 182 GS skis Saturday..always to quick with the card.

But I need a set foe my wife..so will be in.

cheers



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 Dave,

Where do you live? I am at Wicks in Exton if I can be of any service. 
 
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