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post #1 of 24
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 Hello all,  I'm new to the forum but have been lurking around reading tons of great advice and reviews.  I am 42 5' 10" and 165#.  I like dinners out and moonlit walks?  Wait a minute wrong forum.  I live in Michigan so that's where I'll be doing most of my skiing.  It's been years since I have skied.  I used to ski quite a bit when I was younger.  Never carved on a shaped ski.  I'm taking skiing back up this year and am seriously stoked!

So far here's where I'm at equipment wise:
Dynastar Contact Groove in 165 cm.  Got a killer deal on these at a local shop. $425.00 including tax.
Dalbello Proton 8 boots.  Another killer deal from Porters.  $186.00 free shipping.  Even if I outgrow the ability I could flip them with minimal loss.

I was worried about the length being correct but after reading quite a bit on here I think the 165 cm should be about perfect.  I also read about boot sizing so although I wear a 9-9 1/2 street shoe I ordered a 26.5 boot.  I will have them fit as needed by a local pro boot-fitter.

Thanks for all the great info. 
post #2 of 24
 Welcome to EpicSki!

I too am from Michigan.  
It looks like you're on the right track with gear and soon you'll be wishing for snow, waiting for Thanksgiving weekend and looking for friends to ski with.

When you get skiing a lot you may want to get skis a tad longer but that is a good start at the moment.  The Boot size sounds about right, but your boot fitter will set you up on that end.
When you're ready to hit the slopes, let us know and we'll see what we can do about meeting up!!!
post #3 of 24
Most people are in street shoes that are actually 1-1/2 sizes too big. If you really are a 9.5 then 26 or 26.5 would be your size, but if you are in shoes a bit big then you would have wanted one last size smaller (i.e. 25.5).
post #4 of 24
Derek,

Welcome back to this fantastic sport. Your 165's will be perfect for anything in the lower peninsula. I weigh 180# and used to ski on 183's but moved down to a 165. As short as the hills are in SE Michigan, you need a shorter ski if you want to make more than 5 turns in a run, LOL. If you head out west, you will probably desire something a little longer. Enjoy your winter!!

Karl
post #5 of 24
Where exactly is Michigan in the Soviet Union?
post #6 of 24
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ThAttuat sounds great. I'm really looking forward to meeting up with some new ski friends. I don't know how you guys who are avid skiers can stand the waiting! I'm giddy with excitement just thinking about it. After a lot of reading I concluded that I would get the Dynastar Contact Groove (definitly over my head for just getting back into it) as something narrow waisted and fairly short for any Michigan groomers. Hopefully they will be just what the doctor ordered. Quick, fast edge to edge, great grip, ect... I'm an addicted gear junky in whatever I pursue, hopefully this forum will feed the need. So longer range I would like to add something that would compliment the Groove. I would want something that would still be primarily for East coast skiing. Maybe that I would ski in crud conditions, a little wider. Something that makes a little longer turn and maybe more relaxed? Browsing around as a junky does I like the looks of the Nordica Hot Rod Nitrous as an example. I think I'll ski at least a few times before I buy another pair of skis though. I can feel the gear addiction kicking in. How many pairs of skis is about right? I'm hoping 5-6. LOL. Thanks all for the warm welcome and the great advice.
post #7 of 24
Yeah, 5-6 sounds about right to me! =D

Another Michgander welcoming you to the board.  Where in MI do you anticipate skiing this year?  I guess we're still a couple of months away but bring on the snow.  We're ready!
post #8 of 24
Welcome to the forum.

I agree with the others commenting in this forum that you made a good choices with your skis. Shaped skis are a very exciting ski, however, they can also be very challeging. A 165cm ski will not skid much at all. It will feel very grabby if you ski it like you are used to skiing older skis.

A professional lesson or book in how to utilize the new technology will serve you well. Understanding how to tip the ski on edge, how to pressure and release the ski will go a long way to easing your reentry to skiing. Modern skiing is about utilizing the cut/shape of the ski effectively. Take it slow and easy as your ski will want to do things that you never thought possible on a ski.

Welcome back to skiing. You are in for a treat. It's going to feel like going from a VW Beetle (old style) to an AWD turbo Porsche.

MR

P.S. 5-6 pairs of skis is a good start.  
post #9 of 24
If you are serious about updating your technique I think a short, turny ski was a good choice.  After a season or so of getting used to using the shape and carving much of the time, then think about going back to longer skis for longer turns.

Plus I think real slalom skis are the most fun choice for short icy hills.  Other tools for other situations can come later.
post #10 of 24
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by bumpfreaq View Post

Yeah, 5-6 sounds about right to me! =D

Another Michgander welcoming you to the board.  Where in MI do you anticipate skiing this year?  I guess we're still a couple of months away but bring on the snow.  We're ready!
I was planning to start at both Mt. Holly and Alpine Valley.  Hopefully gain some skills and get a chance to go up to Boyne or somewhere for a couple of long weekends.
post #11 of 24
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Welcome to the forum.

I agree with the others commenting in this forum that you made a good choices with your skis. Shaped skis are a very exciting ski, however, they can also be very challeging. A 165cm ski will not skid much at all. It will feel very grabby if you ski it like you are used to skiing older skis.

A professional lesson or book in how to utilize the new technology will serve you well. Understanding how to tip the ski on edge, how to pressure and release the ski will go a long way to easing your reentry to skiing. Modern skiing is about utilizing the cut/shape of the ski effectively. Take it slow and easy as your ski will want to do things that you never thought possible on a ski.

Welcome back to skiing. You are in for a treat. It's going to feel like going from a VW Beetle (old style) to an AWD turbo Porsche.

MR

P.S. 5-6 pairs of skis is a good start.  

That is exactly what I was thinking.  I want to start my "re-entry" with a few quality lessons and really learn the technique correctly from the very beginning.  The Dynastar Contact Groove is one of the more turny, and grippy skis from the reviews.  You're getting me all a-twitter when you describe the modern skiing as a AWD turbo Porshe. I think a helmet may be in order!
post #12 of 24
Derek,

Send me a PM if you decide to visit Pine Knob. My son's high school team races there so I am out there at least 5 times a week.

Karl
post #13 of 24
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Derek,

Send me a PM if you decide to visit Pine Knob. My son's high school team races there so I am out there at least 5 times a week.

Karl
Will do.  Pine Knob is actually the closest hill to me.  Maybe your son can give me a few tips.  
post #14 of 24
Hi Derek, since Bumpfreaq drew this to my attention I think he wanted me to respond to your post.  I teach at Mt. Holly I'm with Tyroleans  and am a Level 3 instructor. Saturday mornings are the only time it's not good for me, because I coach.  PM me if you make it up there this winter.  I'm always happy to help out a new bear or  Ski Diva for that matter.  Bump Freaq comes up and skis with me on thursdays ( when he's not west of the Mississipi that is  lol!), so try to hook up with us.  Always nice to put a face to a name.
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 We HAVE to have a Michigan GTG this year!!!
post #16 of 24
hey Trish I was thinking of you yesterday morning  with the Bridge walk!
post #17 of 24
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 We HAVE to have a Michigan GTG this year!!!
Yes, let's do it.  Do you think Crystal would give us a deal on a condo?  Ooooo, or maybe Caberfae could give us a screaming lodging deal.....  Crystal one day Caberfae the next?  Who else has some ideas?  I hear there's a Bear around with some Boyne connections.... perhaps we could get a better deal than they gave us last time.
Edited by bumpfreaq - 9/8/09 at 4:18pm
post #18 of 24
Hey Derek...Welcome to Epic! 

If you decide to head over to Alpine Valley, please look me up.  I'm a Level 3 instructor and normally teach at least 2 days per week and all day on Sat. and Sun.  If I'm not on a lesson, I'd be happy to give you a few pointers.

~Anne~
post #19 of 24
Derek, I've had the pleasure of skiing with Trekchick, perma-grin and Snowmiser.  If you're able to get together with them this season it's sure to be a great year!
post #20 of 24
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Yes, let's do it.  Do you think Crystal would give us a deal on a condo?  Ooooo, or maybe Caberfae could give us a screaming lodging deal.....  Crystal one day Caberfae the next?  Who else has some ideas?  I hear there's a Bear around with some Boyne connections.... perhaps we could get a better deal than they gave us last time.
 
I've actually talked to Caberfae and can get a screamin' deal on lift tickets and lodging at a partner resort(McGuires Resort) 
Crystal is not likely to give any deals, even for passholders, but then a few of us have pass' at Crystal and/or Caberfae so it may be mute.





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Originally Posted by perma-grin View Post

hey Trish I was thinking of you yesterday morning  with the Bridge walk!

The walk was great fun, but seemed to be more packed than last year.  


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Originally Posted by bumpfreaq View Post

Derek, I've had the pleasure of skiing with Trekchick, perma-grin and Snowmiser.  If you're able to get together with them this season it's sure to be a great year!

Derek, think about this...
you can get a weekend pass(or week day pass) for Caberfae it's usually 99/pass for one or the other.
That is some cheap skiing!!!
post #21 of 24
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Originally Posted by perma-grin View Post

Hi Derek, since Bumpfreaq drew this to my attention I think he wanted me to respond to your post.  I teach at Mt. Holly I'm with Tyroleans  and am a Level 3 instructor. Saturday mornings are the only time it's not good for me, because I coach.  PM me if you make it up there this winter.  I'm always happy to help out a new bear or  Ski Diva for that matter.  Bump Freaq comes up and skis with me on thursdays ( when he's not west of the Mississipi that is  lol!), so try to hook up with us.  Always nice to put a face to a name.


I will absolutely plan on it. I just got myself signed up with the Shussmeizter Club. Thursdays at Mt. Holly are my plan. Maybe any day that ends in Y that looks like a great day to ski. I am really stoked to get to some weekend destinations also. As for the lessons I am the type who will dig into something, I love to leRn about the mechanics and application of whatever it is that I'm pursuing.
post #22 of 24
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 We HAVE to have a Michigan GTG this year!!!


O.K. Trekchick I'm the newbie so I'll have to ask, what's a GTG? I am guessing here: Good To Go Groomers To Gully's Grab The Gear Global Travel Grandure Great Trip Gesture I'll stop foolishly guessing and anxiously await the answer to the riddle. Thanks again to everyone here for a warm welcome. I can tell it's going to be a great time. P.S. Trekchick I'm assuming that your profile name is in refference to the Trek bike. You would love the Cervello S1 that I just picked up a couple of weeks ago. Hopefly I can make it to the Shussmeisyer Rochester bike ride.
post #23 of 24
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?Groomers To Gully's...
Ha!  Hope you can make it to the Michigan Get ToGether!
post #24 of 24
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Originally Posted by Snowmiser View Post

Hey Derek...Welcome to Epic! 

If you decide to head over to Alpine Valley, please look me up.  I'm a Level 3 instructor and normally teach at least 2 days per week and all day on Sat. and Sun.  If I'm not on a lesson, I'd be happy to give you a few pointers.

~Anne~

I will look you up. Sat. and or Sun. sounds great.  Thanks for the offer.
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