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My skis sway back and forth (intermediate skiier, been skiing for about 2 years now)

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Alrite heres my problem - It seems that every know and then my skis start to sway back and forth and it feels as if the tip and tail of my skis aren't even touching the ground anymore.. as if only the middle part of my ski is on a surface and the rest is just skidding around.

Is this a common problem in skiing? Does anyone have any idea what I am talking about?

Thanks
post #2 of 10
What kind of skis are you using???
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I'm going to guess this is a technique problem that comes from your not getting your ski on edge, but without a video it'll take more astute skiers than I to diagnose your problem.

Might also be a boot fit issue. If your boot is too big it'll be tough to get your skis on edge and if your feet are waving around inside your boots, you'll be riding your skis rather than driving them.
post #4 of 10
Generally swaying ski is leg muscle development; the more you go, the more you train your legs, the better your control. Lessons on proper technique help.


BTW, it's: Alright, here's and now.
post #5 of 10
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Originally Posted by Aleph Null View Post

I'm going to guess this is a technique problem that comes from your not getting your ski on edge, 

This is my guess too. When skis are skied solely on the bases they do tend to wander if you allow them to. Get them on edge and direct them and this problem will take care of itself.
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Originally Posted by Aleph Null View Post

Might also be a boot fit issue. If your boot is too big it'll be tough to get your skis on edge and if your feet are waving around inside your boots, you'll be riding your skis rather than driving them.
I recently just picked up skiing (again). I was a skier when I was a bit younger and hadn't gone skiing for 5+ years. I went a couple times using my dads old boots (Lange) recently, which are too tight and narrow for me. My dads foot is the same size but mine is a bit narrower. I just bought a pair of Solomon boots which are much more comfortable.

My problem is, I was sized to be a 24.5, but couldn't find any. I bought the Solomon 25.5 because they fit nice and snug. I tried them out this past weekend and noticed my skis sliding too... I read your post and wondered if the boots are too big. Only when i "let my guard down" did my skis slide. So I'm thinking only time will tell if its technique (since I just started skiing again) or if its the boots.

What do you think?
post #7 of 10
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Thanks for the responses - I just recently bought new boots (Solomon) and they fit great.

The skis I am using are some Rossignols that I recently bought this year(err.. 2009) and they were around $600 but I am not exactly sure what type they are.

This problem only seems to happen in the first hour or two of skiing. After I get some runs in the swaying problem seems to go away.  However the problem still comes back every now and then.

I'm really troubled by this because I do not want to take a heavy fall and injure myself
post #8 of 10
Modern short radius skis need to be on edge and turning.  The sidecut interacts with the snow causing them to turn towards whichever edge they are tipped on.  A random bump hitting the right or left edge when attempting to run the ski straight and flat causes random turning of the skis.  Either get some SG skis or just keep turning.
post #9 of 10
I think, therefore you need to find a good custom boot fitter.  Add foot beds,  and pad the liner to give a tighter fit. This a poor solution to what you have, but the other way is find a pair of 24.0 Salomon boots and stretch them and/or to order the proper size boot liner.  Depending on your age and growth patterns these boots might be OK. In general you want the smaller shell size, 24 not the 25.  The half sizes are in the liners, the 0 liner is thicker than the .5. I hope this makes sense to you.
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This problem only seems to happen in the first hour or two of skiing. After I get some runs in the swaying problem seems to go away.  However the problem still comes back every now and then.

 
It's interesting that this only happens early in the day.  At the risk of stating the obvious, have we ruled out early morning icy runs or corduroy left by the grooming machines?  The former can lead to exactly the symptoms described in the OP, and the latter can cause snaking when skied exactly parallel to the grooves.  Both these conditions could diminish as the day warms up and the corduroy gets skied out.  Just a thought.
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