Originally Posted by Bob Peters
I don't think it's nuts at all to think that you could learn to ski pretty well after 90 days of dedicated effort. If you're moderately athletic and in good physical condition, you should learn very quickly. By the end of that 90 days, I believe you could be a relatively competent off-piste skier. Take a few lessons along the way to help build good movement habits and stop bad ones from forming. Ski all the time and you'll start to learn to handle your skis in more difficult conditions. Ski in places where you can venture off the groomed runs by just a few feet and then ski back out onto the groomer if you're having trouble off-piste.
Most important of all - give us some progress reports, video and photos and everything. I truly believe you could become a pretty darned good skier in that amount of time if you put in the effort.
As to equipment, the Barons would be a good choice initially since you'll be spending most of your time (this winter, anyway) riding lifts and skiing inbounds. Eventually, if you become serious about backcountry skiing you're going to gravitate to Dynafit bindings, but we'll save that discussion for later. Find yourself excellent boots that fit well and get custom insoles. Your boots are more important than your skis.
Of the skis you mentioned, I've only skied the Rossi S3. I think it would make a very good ski for your purposes and would also make a pretty good backcountry ski when the time comes.
So, go do it. I expect that we'll be seeing weekly reports starting the first of November. I would be very interested in hearing your progress. Just make sure you don't go out-of-bounds skiing without the proper gear and training and friend(s).
sounds like a fun winter!
I think this post is MONEY! nice work (as expected), Bob.
The one thing I would add to this long thread full of good advise? boots. I don't think a boot like the method is a good idea. I'd go with something like the new Salomon that is basically a resort boot, but with some tread and a maybe a walk funtion.
as others ahvfe said, BOOTS are most important. you need the big gun, not some light AT thing designed as a compromise. We know you'll be able to climb, you were a climber and roadie, so having a little extra weight on your feet going up is nothing, but, having a full control SKI boot will make a big difference on the way back down. I've skied alpine and AT for years, and I still hate the compromise of AT boots (since most of them suck). I do short tours (up to 1.5hr climbs in my tecnica race boots...)
Also, soft, wide, short flexy ski, don't know most of your choices, but these are general parameters i'd look at.
So, Baron, yes, real ski boot, yes, soft wide flexy ski... yes.
Also, i agree w/ bob that this isn't nuts. you have a few things going for you, even though I haven't met you. fit from cycling, you've spent quality time in the vertical environment from your alpine climbing and rock climbing. I think this huge, as AT skiing is using a different tool to get around, but your often just getting around. AT skiing is often nuts and bolts, go here, go there, not flow carve air.. and because of that, climbers are often quick to pick it up.
and if you want a tour guide in tahoe, drop me a line.