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 Post subject: Helping Skiers Keep Up
PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2013 3:42 pm 
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What are your tricks for helping skiers keep up?

I ask because I'm trying to avoid my skier friends feeling like disabled backcountry shredders. Is there a way for skiers to perform at a snowboarder's level or are they limited by the simple bio-dynamics of skiing?

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 Post subject: Re: Helping Skiers Keep Up
PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2013 4:43 pm 
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This might help them. Poor guys.


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 Post subject: Re: Helping Skiers Keep Up
PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2013 4:53 pm 
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I tell them to stop being such pussy bitches and point it downhill like a man instead of wiggling the shit out of it.

Also, on switchbacks, I attach a harness and keep the rope tight between us on all so they don't fall over.


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 Post subject: Re: Helping Skiers Keep Up
PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2013 5:01 pm 
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Wow, the Natural Walker is the BOMB! I'm thinking about converting it for my Splitboard... NOT! We got a chuckle out of that, thanks for sharing.

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 Post subject: Re: Helping Skiers Keep Up
PostPosted: Mon Jan 07, 2013 1:16 am 
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You're talking about going down, right?

Taylor wrote:
...or are they limited by the simple bio-dynamics of skiing?
Ever seen a freeski movie? (All I Can, etc)
It's not the tool, it's the rider that limits it.

Many of my skier friends are amazingly fast downhill...

Still, I agree, it is easier to ride deep snow on a snowboard than on slim AT skis. Here in Europe most AT skiers tend to buy the slimmest skis only, limiting their downhill ability drastically.

Put them on (still lightweight) skis with e.g. 90-105mm waist and tip-rocker, and their riding will change...
...and so will the fun they have, when going down.


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 Post subject: Re: Helping Skiers Keep Up
PostPosted: Mon Jan 07, 2013 10:30 am 
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FAT skis. they will have way more fun, and be able to ride like a snowboarder. At least 120 mm waist, preferably with at least a rocker tip.
And whatever you do, do not be willing to tour with a telemarker who has skinny skis!

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