Originally Posted by skilikeagirl2
Cheers guys. I have been given some 176 Dumonts for free so I can't complain at that! My Pocket Rockets are 165 so they would probably be better, but they have touring bindings on at the moment. I could swap the bindings if the extra 11cm are really going to punish me.
I'm not going to land anything anyway as I am a total rookie and a complete girl with anything scary anyway. But there's only one way to get over that!
Also - should I be looking into getting any sort of protection in the immediate term? I'm having a few lessons to start with and then will just pick up tips from friends. But am I likely to be getting myself into painful situations as a rookie?
I'd strongly suggest using the 165's over the 176's. When you're in the park, especially when you're beginning, shorter is better. The longer the ski, the harder it is to spin. But that's my opinion. If the 176's work for you, then you save the hassle of a binding swap.
As far as protection, you should absolutely, positively have a helmet. A helmet is important for all skiing, but it's just about a necessity for skiing park. Beyond that, it's a matter of preference. I personally don't wear any pads. I have friends who wear pad shorts, spine protectors, wrist guards... I even know one guy who wears a waterskiing lifevest to pad his torso. Regardless, any rookie in the park is bound for some pain. If you're not really willing to risk some broken bones or a concussion, your progress in the park is probably going to be pretty limited. Go big or go home... huck it or f*** it.