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Just Learnt to ski - want to share my experiences

post #1 of 9
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Just wanted to share my new found sport, why it took me so long I will never know.

 

I have just had some excellent lessons at my local dry ski slope, not the same as snow as I have been told.

 

Prior to having my lessons I did some groundwork looking for some u tube video's which seemed to be aimed at the more experienced skier not beginners, video's and books which seemed to be expensive.

 

Using my Amazon kindle app on my I-phone I found an e book called Help2Ski for £2.90 bargain I thought and not a lot to lose if I didn't get what it was saying.

 

It was great in plain English by an author who certainly has had some success in teaching people to ski which is supported through his book. Made fun reading as a little humour was set in to the writing.

 

The first part about boots as crucial, i turned up for my lesson and was asked my shoe size and just given a pair of boots to put on, within seconds of putting these boots on my toes started to get pins and needles not nice, then remembering what the book said I asked for the next size up and then had to go up to the next size to find the near perfect pair. When coming back in heard some people moaning about their boots so explained to them what the book said and how to ensure you have the right boots.

 

Fantastic!!

post #2 of 9

Welcome to a great sport - I hope it gives you a lot of happiness.

 

While I agree that "pins and needles" are bad, be careful not to have your boots too loose.  If your boot is too loose, you are not able to control your ski as well.  Also, if you get to the point of purchasing boots, remember that the liner will compress a bit over time.

post #3 of 9

Yeah, and when you're ready to buy boots, find a professional boot fitter.
 

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While I agree that "pins and needles" are bad, be careful not to have your boots too loose.  If your boot is too loose, you are not able to control your ski as well.  Also, if you get to the point of purchasing boots, remember that the liner will compress a bit over time.
post #4 of 9
Definitely agree with finding a professional boot fitter when you're ready to buy. You'll save yourself some time and make sure that you're going to get a proper fit so you're not skiing in pain. First few years I started skiing I was just given a set of boots for Christmas. They worked, but my feet certainly didn't like me at the end of the day.
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Welcome to EpicSki, jbb117. Can't wait to hear more updates about your new journey in this great sport.

 

I had to chuckle a little about your thread title--"Just Learnt to Ski." I'll bet you'll find that the more you learn, the more you have yet to learn, and the more fun you have learning.Your title reminded me of an old cartoon showing a lady introducing her first-timer friend to a ski instructor: "Me? No, I'm not taking a lesson myself," she says, "I learned yesterday!" I've been at it for more than 45 years, and I am still learning, every day.

 

Like others, I am curious about your boot experience. While it may well be that they gave you boots two sizes too small at first, that certainly is not the norm. It is far more common for beginners and rental shops to end up with boots that are several sizes too big. Professional bootfitters will usually tell you that too-big boots are the most common problem they deal with in their shops. Certainly, please do take the advice of others above, and when it comes time to buy your own boots, seek out a qualified, highly-reputed bootfitter. You can also get some great advice by asking questions in our own "Ask the Boot Guys" forum here at EpicSki, where some of the top bootfitters in the world are at your service. For what it's worth, my feet officially measure US size 11, and my boots are US size 8. I don't necessarily recommend that everyone go out and buy boots three sizes smaller than your shoes, but do beware, again, that boots need to be quite snug, to say the least, to perform well. (And when they are that snug, they need to be very carefully fitted and set up--a job for a top pro, not just the usual shop salesperson.)

 

And with that warning, please do consider getting yourself a pair of boots soon. They are the only piece of gear that needs to be completely personalized to you, and rental boots--even "performance" rental boots--will soon become the biggest obstacle to your success and continued improvement. Good boots, especially when professionally set up, are not inexpensive, but if you take good care of them they will last you many seasons. Combined with regular coaching from qualified instructors, good boots are the best investment you can make in your skiing.

 

Have fun on this great new adventure!

 

Best regards,

Bob Barnes

post #6 of 9

Interesting that your foray into Skiing was by watching other skiers on video.  How the world has changed in my life time.   Yesterday I skied a few runs with a lady I met on the chairlift who has been skiing for 5 years, never taken a lesson and stated to me;  "I learned to ski on UTube".  Initially I thought she was nuts but after skiing with her - hey she skied very well.

 

Welcome to Epic and welcome to Skiing both are great.

post #7 of 9

That's what I did but I am very considering lessons now.

 

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Interesting that your foray into Skiing was by watching other skiers on video.  How the world has changed in my life time.   Yesterday I skied a few runs with a lady I met on the chairlift who has been skiing for 5 years, never taken a lesson and stated to me;  "I learned to ski on UTube".  Initially I thought she was nuts but after skiing with her - hey she skied very well.

 

Welcome to Epic and welcome to Skiing both are great.

post #8 of 9

Just want to welcome you as well. You did a great thing by taking lessons, you saved yourself some time and some pain. As far as boots go, I am still ski boots that I purchased used couple years ago, I have tried many boots and found the one that fits me just perfect. I spent $70 on those at Sport and Fitness outlet. Just an idea if you don't have money for brand new boots.

 

One thing I found funny when I started skiing, I would look at people doing black diamonds or tree skiing and I would think " oh, sh**t!  why would someone do that to themself, a month later, you go and do the same thing.Skiing s a constant learning and challanging of youself. I hope you will enjoy it as much as most of everyone on this site.

post #9 of 9

Thanks, some good info on this post. I liked the info on ski boots, cause I'm in the market right now, also for ski pants , skis, poles and everything else.. I can't take lessons but I will check some YouTube videos, hadn't thought of that.


Edited by PhilP - 10/13/11 at 5:40am
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