Newbie Question: Recommendation on Starters Ski

Newbie Question: Recommendation on Starters Ski

Post by Ed Mead » Sat, 16 Nov 1996 04:00:00


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 bikes,
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
and sneakers.

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 the
skate boots).

I will be doing most of my skiing on bike trails (paved and unpaved) and
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. ***ia)

From my reading, I'm looking at a pair of Rosignol Tempo BC's with LTS
boots.

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!    

 
 
 

Newbie Question: Recommendation on Starters Ski

Post by George Pic » Sat, 16 Nov 1996 04:00:00


Quote:

> I need some advice.

Ed- take a couple of lessons. You may want to start with a basic,
beginner's classic lesson, ski a bit, and take a few more lessons,
including some skating lessons. Try out a few styles, sizes, etc. Come on
up north and demo some stuff. What you are thinking about buying is
reasonable, IF ( and a whole long list of qualifiers could follow). X-C
skiing is not particularly hard to learn, but it's not particularly
intuitive. If you want to be a good skier later, don't teach yourself bad
habits now.

BTW, I've been using a Nordic Trak daily for eight years, and you're
right, it's amazingly boring. That's why mine's in front of the TV. Set
the VCR to record the good stuff on ESPN, Sports Channel, Discovery, etc.,
that they put on in the middle of the night, and watch it while you're on
the Trak.  -g.

 
 
 

Newbie Question: Recommendation on Starters Ski

Post by Erik Brook » Sat, 16 Nov 1996 04:00:00


Quote:
>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
>bikes,
>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
>and sneakers.

>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
>the
>skate boots).

>I will be doing most of my skiing on bike trails (paved and unpaved)
>and
>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.
>***ia)

>From my reading, I'm looking at a pair of Rossignol Tempo BC's with LTS

>boots.

>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
snow.

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,
Erik brooks

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Newbie Question: Recommendation on Starters Ski

Post by Paul G Nelso » Sun, 17 Nov 1996 04:00:00

Lessons, lesson   The first time out is a great help,..gets you going
with out all the hassells teachs you the tricks of turning smoothly and
getting up a hill easyly you will learn to love the skiing very quickly
and in joy yourself greatly after only one or two lessons