Ski newbie question...

Ski newbie question...

Post by Yann Nicola » Tue, 02 Dec 1997 04:00:00


Well, kinda newbie... I used to ski about 8 years ago and started again last
Friday (at Hunter Mountain). I had forgotten how much fun it was. :-)

I consider myself a decent intermediate...

Now I have some questions regarding skis (I'm considering buying some)...
What are those new "shaped" skis all about? Are they better than the
"normal" ones? What lenght would be recommended (I'm 5'7", 180 lbs)? I used
to have 180 cm back then ('89)...

Is there any brand that recommended? What price range should I be looking
at? I just need something average and I don't want to spend too much (maybe
used?)...

Thanks in advance.

Yann Nicolas-

 
 
 

Ski newbie question...

Post by Aaron Danie » Tue, 02 Dec 1997 04:00:00

In all seriousnes, look to the $350 price point for skis and the $200 price
point for bindings and lift. Skis: Dynastar Big Max 2, Elan SCX Monoblock
or SCX cap, Olin DTSL or Kinetic, Rossignol Energy CUT 10.1, K2 Three or
Merlin III. Bindings: Marker Logic 8.1 EPS3, Salomon S850 Driver+. Use your
old boots for a season before getting new ones. If you don't have boots,
$300 will get you an appropriate boot. Look into the Lange GX7 or X07,
Nordica GP07 or Next 87, Tecnica TI-8 or Salomon Performa Equipe 8.0. Let
fit be your judge - you want them snug with no pressure points. A properly
fit boot will samsh you toes when not yet buckled, touch your toes when
buckled and standing upright. Then leave your toes free to wiggle when
flexing the front of the boot (knee and ankle flexed).
Get the skis in a 180. You should subtract 5-20 cm from your full length
traditional skis. At your height 190 would be full-length for you, thus 180
is about right. Since you are used to 180's, you will find the performance
to be phenomenal.
The equipment listed is right up your alley and very middle of the
performance road. You may save money in a few areas. I would drop $100 in
the binding's price first, then another $100 on the skis, but stay with the
price on the boots. I would even put off the ski purchase for a year to get
proper fitting boots. Go to a boot fit pro for your boots.

Aar-head
12th season custom boot fitter
3rd season PSIA certified instructor



Quote:
> Well, kinda newbie... I used to ski about 8 years ago and started again
last
> Friday (at Hunter Mountain). I had forgotten how much fun it was. :-)

> I consider myself a decent intermediate...

> Now I have some questions regarding skis (I'm considering buying some)...
> What are those new "shaped" skis all about? Are they better than the
> "normal" ones? What lenght would be recommended (I'm 5'7", 180 lbs)? I
used
> to have 180 cm back then ('89)...

> Is there any brand that recommended? What price range should I be looking
> at? I just need something average and I don't want to spend too much
(maybe
> used?)...

> Thanks in advance.

> Yann Nicolas-


 
 
 

Ski newbie question...

Post by BadD » Tue, 02 Dec 1997 04:00:00

On Mon, 1 Dec 1997 11:54:41 -0500, "Yann Nicolas"

Quote:

>Well, kinda newbie... I used to ski about 8 years ago and started again last
>Friday (at Hunter Mountain). I had forgotten how much fun it was. :-)

>I consider myself a decent intermediate...

>Now I have some questions regarding skis (I'm considering buying some)...
>What are those new "shaped" skis all about? Are they better than the
>"normal" ones? What lenght would be recommended (I'm 5'7", 180 lbs)? I used
>to have 180 cm back then ('89)...

>Is there any brand that recommended? What price range should I be looking
>at? I just need something average and I don't want to spend too much (maybe
>used?)...

>Thanks in advance.

>Yann Nicolas-

Try a pair of Dynastar Big Max 2's.  Good ski at a good price.  I have
a pair of them for rock skis.  I am 5'8", 170 lbs and ski them at
185cm.  I rate myself a good intermediate to LOW advanced skier (
nothing extravagant due to terrible knees) and like them in most
conditions.  I ski East and West and they seem to hold up nicely every
time I use them.  I don't know if they are making them this year or
not.  You should be able to get them for ~ 200-250???

If you want to go higher in price, stick with the K2 fours.  I think
there is another version of this ski called Merlin IV.  Maybe someone
else can help you on the comparison of these two skis...

Good luck
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Ski newbie question...

Post by Horva » Tue, 02 Dec 1997 04:00:00

On Mon, 1 Dec 1997 11:54:41 -0500, "Yann Nicolas"

Quote:

>Now I have some questions regarding skis (I'm considering buying some)...
>What are those new "shaped" skis all about? Are they better than the
>"normal" ones? What lenght would be recommended (I'm 5'7", 180 lbs)? I used
>to have 180 cm back then ('89)...

I recommend Slim Fast, and Jenny Craig.  And cut back on the dobos
tortes or you'll never be popular with the Hooter Girls.

                        Horvath.net

        Experience the power of the Dark Side of the net.


 
 
 

Ski newbie question...

Post by Janet Cicariell » Tue, 02 Dec 1997 04:00:00

I see you already have gotten some suggestions for which ski. Since you
ski at Hunter, why not go there this weekend (dec 6 or 7th). Hunter is
having it's annual demo days. (No, i don't work there, but I'm planning on
demo'ing some skis this weekend)

Janet

: Well, kinda newbie... I used to ski about 8 years ago and started again last
: Friday (at Hunter Mountain). I had forgotten how much fun it was. :-)

: I consider myself a decent intermediate...

: Now I have some questions regarding skis (I'm considering buying some)...
: What are those new "shaped" skis all about? Are they better than the
: "normal" ones? What lenght would be recommended (I'm 5'7", 180 lbs)? I used
: to have 180 cm back then ('89)...

: Is there any brand that recommended? What price range should I be looking
: at? I just need something average and I don't want to spend too much (maybe
: used?)...

: Thanks in advance.

: Yann Nicolas-

 
 
 

Ski newbie question...

Post by KNITKNAC » Wed, 03 Dec 1997 04:00:00

That last message regarding demo days probably is the best suggestion you could
get about choosing skis.

The bootman's advice regarding concentrating spending on your boots first  is
equally valid.

Ignore Horvath, except for titillation.  

Nobody can tell you how a ski performs for your approach to their use except
you, and demo is the only way to evaluate how YOU like a board.

All the attention will be on shapes, but there's plenty of good conventional
stuff still on the market, and that's where you might get your most value for
the dollar after you spend the really big bucks on boots.

Shop.

Happy sliding,

 
 
 

Ski newbie question...

Post by SBank » Thu, 04 Dec 1997 04:00:00

REI has some great info on skis of all kinds including "shaped" kind.

You can check them out at:  http://www.rei.com/ski/nordskiing.html

Hope this helped.

Shorty