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?