>Date: 15 Nov 96 01:56:54 GMT
>Subject: Newbie Question: Recommendation on Starters Ski
>I need some advice.
>I'm a an avid inline skater/racer. Last winter I got driven indoors by
>the snow. Cold is OK but edging through packed powder on inlines
>really sucks ;-)
>Have my own slideboard and I've tried (but not bought) stationary
>Nordic tracks and that EasyRider gizmo they sell on the TV. BORING!
>No problem. I've never skied before (zero) but I figure I'd go down
>to the local ski shop and buy a pair of XC skis.
>Problem. There are long skinny ones and short skinny ones, and short
>(relatively) fat ones. There are skate(?) boots and backcountry boots
>Salesmen sends me home with this month's copy of Cross Country Skier.
>OK, I'm a little smarter now (I figured out why there are no wheels on
>I will be doing most of my skiing on bike trails (paved and unpaved)
>across the fields with maybe a couple of trips up to XC centers in West
>***ia and Western Maryland. I expect that a lot (50-75%) of my
>skiing will be on wet or at least warm snow. (BTW, I live in N.
>From my reading, I'm looking at a pair of Rossignol Tempo BC's with LTS
>I need a reality check. Does this make sense? Am I in over my head?
>Under my head? Do I even think about 'skating' my first season?
>Appreciate any help or pointers to helpful web pages, FAQ's etc.
>- -Ed Meade
> Purcellville VA
> Skate fast!/Turn Left!
As others are surely stating, you really should rent or demo some skis
before you buy, if at all possible.
Even so, you gave lots of good clues. I gather that some to lots of
your skiing will be off of prepared trails. That means that we can
instantly eliminate skate skis.
You say the snow is wet and warm. I'm a Seattle skier, and you have
my sympathy. Lots of folks on this list will tell you that waxable is
best and that is true in many cases, but for most people in the kind
of snow that you and I have, I recommend the waxless. It's a lot less
hassle, and you have other stuff to figure out in the beginning.
Besides, you'll love this sport and 3 years from now you will own 2
more pair, for different conditions. They will probably be waxable,
but you will continue to use the waxless at times, especially in wet
As far as skating the first season, you are well prepared physically,
and will probably like it more, especially if you desire cross training
for your in-line racing. Just remember, it's limited to groomed trails,
or ungroomed in the spring when everything is solid and you can just
stay on top of all the snow. Just be sure to get a lesson the first day.
I think that is especially true of skating.
good luck, from one who skates to cross train for snow,