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How do you control longer skis?

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Maybe it's because I was always racing SL, but how the heck do you control long skis?

Now that I'm gonna get back into skiing, by February I hope I can get a run or two in, I'm looking at 174s and 184s skis.

But I have an important question: how do I control a 184, or 190 ski? What's the trick? What do I have to remember besides I'm not on a pair of 166s?

What do I gain by having the extra surface area in all mountain skiing?

Even in GS, I was never good with longer skis, I had to stick to 182s and I still never felt completely in control. Bad, I know. But I'd like to fix it.

Advice? 
post #2 of 8
Skill. Visit the ski school next time you go skiing.
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Originally Posted by Betaracer View Post

Skill. Visit the ski school next time you go skiing.

haha except everyone is ski school doesnt know either!!

one word steering, everything isnt an edge locked SL turn.
post #4 of 8
Stay over the front of the ski and load up the tips to initiate the turn. Then load up the ski and let the g-forces bend it, the ski will carve a nice arc.

Michael
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haha except everyone is ski school doesnt know either!!

one word steering, everything isnt an edge locked SL turn.

No.  It can be an edge-locked GS or edge-locked SG or even an edge-locked DH turn.

First of all get a high performance ski with some torsional rigidity, lcloser to your race skis than to a beginner ski.

2nd,  think of your ski as a high-stung race horse that is very well reign trained instead of a jackass with bad maners.  Don't try to force the skis around.  Just tip them with appropriate weight distribution and let them turn themselves.   You tell them where to turn and they turn you; you don't turn them.  Also, you don't need to drag them around by the bit; a simple touch of the reigns to the neck is all that is required. 

It will take a few runs to get used to longer skis, but after you get the hang of it, it's easy.  The larger fore-aft platorm and added mass of a longer bigger ski is a pleasure to ski in cruddy conditions.
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Skill. Visit the ski school next time you go skiing.

+1. If you are using proper technique it doesn’t matter if your ski is a 165 or a 185.
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+1. If you are using proper technique it doesn’t matter if your ski is a 165 or a 185.

Agreed...if you ski properly, then size doesn't matter.  That said, I've mainly skied 185+ all my life, demoing and owning a few shorter ski's 170s / 178s and I will say I prefer a longer ski for higher speeds, they are much more stable.
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Really?  You deleted my post?


If you lack the confidence to ski a longer ski, you can't handle it.  Half of it is mental. 

Do or do not.  There is no try.

Man up.  Or go away.
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