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Getting onto modern skis!

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 
Hello everyone!

I came across this site while I was researching new skis and thought I'd jump into the fray!

I am 42 yrs old and have been skiing off and on since I was a teen. I live in North Vancouver, BC so I have 3 ski areas to choose from right in my back yard! Many times I have been out sailing one day, and on the slopes the next! How many places in the world can you do that??

During all those years I have been skiing on the same 1980's vintage Elan Elite 190s, with Solomon SX50 boots! Now that my 8 year old son has decided he wants to learn to ski, I decided I'd better get up to date on my equipment, and get back at it! I wanted to keep the costs down so I shopped around and did my homework. A few days ago I bought myself some brand new but older model gear: a pair of Fischer MX3 boots, and Fischer AMC 76 170 skis. Having read rave reviews on the skis on many sites I am confident I have got decent skis, and the boots are far more comfy than the old SX50s!

I am looking forward to getting up the mountain to try them out, but I am going to have to wait a few days! In the meantime I have a couple of questions that some of you out there might be able to answer for me. The most important one is relating to ski techniques. I have been told by a number of people that I am going to have to make significant changes to my skiing style (such as it is!) in order to fully appreciate modern skis. What should I expect? What should I focus on changing?

My other question is more just a matter of knowing what I've got. I know my boots and skis are a couple of years old, but I don't know what year they are. The AMC 76s are clear-coated carbon fibre with orange graphics,(a great looking ski! Love the carbon look!) and the MX3 boots are dark grey and silver. Can anyone identify the model years?
post #2 of 11
After not skiing for 10 years, I slid off the lift today for the first time and just started carving down the hill.  I couldn't tell any difference.
Maybe a layoff was a good thing??
post #3 of 11
It's been a while now, but I had a five-year layoff that started on a pair of 204 Volkl Super-G racing skis and ended on the first-generation Carver Motion at 170. The only thing I noticed was that skiing had become a whole lot easier.
post #4 of 11
The Googles tell me that the your skis are the 2008 model year. 
post #5 of 11

Just get out and have a good time.  If you feel unsteady or unsure with the new skis, take a quick leason.  I'm sure you'll love the new gear...

post #6 of 11
The only advice that I can give is: take a lesson. The changes in ski technology is remarkable. A competant instructor can get you on the right track.
post #7 of 11
This is my first year on new skies , I maybe have averaged 8 ski days for the last few years and could not really justify the expense. The x wing rockets(new 06) are truly an upgrade from the old atomic arcs, should have done it long ago. 
post #8 of 11
I resisted the urge to move to the "modern ski" for a number of years until I finally took the plunge in '05 and purchased a pair of K2 Apache Recon's. Dropping from my cira '89 model Volkl 205cm GS race ski to 174cm was initially daunting as I felt I was falling over the front for the first couple of runs. The feeling soon passed and I was able to do things better than before on the new planks as the confidence grew without the need to wrestle 2m+ of skis around .

I was left with the same feeling as oldtri - why didn't I do this years ago?
post #9 of 11
I took 1998-2007 off.  I showed up in Dec 06 with a pair of early 90s SL boards and a pari of 02-03 all mountain carving boards.  I skied on the SLs for about 45 minutes before taking a short break and moving over to the carvers.  The only time I have skied on a non-shaped ski since would be when on bump skis.   I will say that the all mountain skis were 186 cm, which I thought was short at the time.  I now don't ski anything with longer running length, although I have a pair of 192 cm powder twins their running length is shorter than 183 cm traditional tailed powder skis.  I've got a pair of 02-03 193cm GS boards, but there isn't anywhere open enough to ski faster than I can comfortably on a pair of  2006 181 cm GS skis.  Start back on what you know, then be prepared to retire them to hang on a wall once you try something newer..
post #10 of 11
Thread Starter 
A couple of hours of professional instruction might not be a bad idea! I am pretty much self-taught; my girlfriend taught me the basics on the bunny hill for an hour on my first day, and the rest I learned just trying to keep up with my much faster friends. I got to the point where I could keep up on everything but the moguls, but my technique is probably a bit lacking!

We are getting a bit of a snow storm right now....damn I want to get up there!
post #11 of 11

Ski half a day to get yourself back in the groove and then take a lesson.  I've skied since the early 90's and now I'm an instructor.  Skis have evolved significantly, and techniques have changed as well.  (As a point of reference, I used to ski on 200cm K2 MSLs and now I'm on a pair of 155cm slalom skis.)


I was self taught on skis, tele, and snowboard (aside from half day beginner lesson for each discipline), and when I became an instructor 8 years ago, I had to relearn everything starting from stance.  Also, since you aren't familiar with the new equipment or techniques, I suggest lessons for your son as well.  I can't count how many times I've had to reteach a kid how to ski because the dad taught the kid to make Z shaped pivot turns with a narrow stance.  (I'm venting a little since I just had one last Friday.)  

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