Old 01-02-09, 04:04 AM   #1
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New to skiing, need some help....

Hi, just joined and have a question. I went skiing for the first time about a month ago. I took a 2 hour (pretty much private, 2 ppl) lesson. After which I spent about 2-3 hours skiing on my own. The ski shop gave me 147cm to use btw. I went skiing for the 2nd time last week and this time the shop gave me a 150cm ski. I consider myself pretty athletic and have been skiing on mainly green and some blue trails. I play ice hockey 2x a week and I have been able to bring some of my skating abilities to the slopes, (ie) using my lower body to turn and to also stop. Here's my question, I want to buy my own set of skis. I am 5'6", 175lbs and even though I have only been skiing a few times I would consider myself a little more further along the novice curve. I can ski with my skis paralell to each other and my turns are pretty smooth with no need for snow plowing in order to stop....i can hockey stop (for lack of a better term).

Is a 160cm ski to much for me? Or should I stay within the 150 to 155cm range?? Any and all opinions are appreciated.
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Old 01-02-09, 12:42 PM   #2
 
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There is very little difference between 155 and 160 cm. Quite honestly it doesn't matter. If your're planning to get into skiing, go with the 160s. The boots are much more important anyway.

But don't let your ego dictate the decision. 30-40 years ago no man would be caught dead in anything under 210. Them days are over. All skis work well, they all turn easy. Buy some skis, have fun, and do take some lessons. Again, don't let your ego dictate the thought process.
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Old 01-02-09, 04:48 PM   #3
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There is very little difference between 155 and 160 cm. Quite honestly it doesn't matter. If your're planning to get into skiing, go with the 160s. The boots are much more important anyway.

But don't let your ego dictate the decision. 30-40 years ago no man would be caught dead in anything under 210. Them days are over. All skis work well, they all turn easy. Buy some skis, have fun, and do take some lessons. Again, don't let your ego dictate the thought process.
Thanks for the reply....def want to take some more lessons.
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Old 03-02-09, 04:22 PM   #4
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It sounds like you caught on right away. I think you would be fine on 160 cm skis, but you might try them out once by renting before you buy them, just to make sure you are comfortable on them..
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