Anyone use Ski Blades / Short Skis?

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  1. Stroppy Bird

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    As thread title.

    Are they any good? Will I be ridiculed for using them?

    With all the skiing threads going on it's got me thinking that I'd like to combine a van trip with a skiing trip. We ski probably every couple of years at the moment but would like to do more and to be honest winter is actually when we can get away in the van, so it would all work out nicely.

    We've often thought of getting our own skis (have got boots) but the whole transportation issue (either flying or in our pvc) has put us off. However, ski blades would get around this and I've read that they are easier for the irregular user and intermediate skiers stuck in a rut (we fall into both groups really). I suspect that if we had all our own kit we would do a lot more and save cash on rental in the long run too.
     
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    Ive used them several times always being asked why by the ski hire shops on each occasion. they are easier to use as long as you are able to use your weight for balance
    and dont need sticks however last time in france they didnt have them so we went back to regular skis/sticks which to be honest were more versatile and you had to ski better and was more relaxing on the steeper runs hope this helps
     
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    Paul (Haganap) is an exponent of wearing toddler's skis I believe!:reel:

    You are right about the convenience a motorhome brings. We all have our own kit and having familiarity with that kit helps a lot.
    Even just not having to queue at the hire shop is a bonus, let alone knowing you won't catch someone else's fungal nail infection!:BigGrin:
     
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    I did read that regular skis were more relaxing on steeper slopes, which is why I think at the moment I'm erring towards the compromise of a short ski in the region of 125cm - sticks a bit better on the steeper slopes and on ice than the blades but has a shorter turn than the 160cm+ that we usually end up with when we rent. They would still fit comfortably in our 'boot' as well. Though some of the youtube vids on the short blades without poles look great fun.

    See - This is exactly what I mean by will I be ridiculed?:)

    @haganap - how have you got on with them?


    Just one of the reasons that we bought our own boots a few years ago:)
     
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    In all seriousness, we saw plenty of people using blades whilst in the Alps last week. They seem popular still and you certainly reduce the risk of bad twists to the knee in a crash.
    My only reservations, as a regular skier, would be that they would lack versatility. They look great fun on groomers, but you wouldn't have the option to play in the pow just off the piste. Also are they able to provide enough stability when the popular runs become mogulled?

    Hopefully someone who uses them will come along soon to bust any myths and misconceptions us regular skiers might have!:)
     
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    This is why I'm thinking maybe a short ski of say 125 would give us more versatility than the very short blades.

    Might have to go and peruse a couple of ski forums though hopefully haganap will pop by at some point.

    January is the best month for us to take our 'long' holiday break of about 3 weeks which is why I'd like to incorporate skiing into it. And we'd both much rather have all our own kit, as you say it's so much easier, but we can only manage that if we have a shorter ski of some description.
     
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    On the subject of turns, even though quite large sidecut radii are quoted on ski specs, many of the newer rockered designs will turn on a dime even without a pole plant.
    I bought some Rossignol Expeience 84 skis for this year. They have 133-84-120 profile with a 16m radius. They have quite a bit of rocker at either end and just unweighting the uphill ski makes them turn on the spot. They work fantastically in the bumps and powder without having the tendancy to catch their tails, even in the 178cm length I need. The upturned tails mean skiing switch is possible too. However, when the going gets powdery, they have sufficient surface area to keep even me afloat at 95kg!
     
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    Its a shame you have to compromise on the performance of your skis based on storage space. Could a ski box on the roof help out?
    Another concern might be the suitability of your PVC at low Alpine temperatures, is your van up to the job?
     
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    I had considered fitting roof bars and box but would rather do without the hassle of clambering up top, and I think we might enjoy the ease of shorter skis as frankly we're not that great! We'll do easy red slopes but that's our limit on our own.

    Our van is an Adria Twin with internal fresh water and hab battery and just the grey water tank is external so we'd just decant straight into a container. I've also fitted a refillable gas system so no worries on topping that up either if we get through a bit. And I do keep meaning to invest in a proper SilverScreen.
     
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    I have used them when messing about with the kids when they were learning.

    Great fun I thought and less stuff to carry round ( poles).
     
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    I would imagine Adria do a good job at insulating their PVCs. I asked because some PVCs have very little in the way of insulation! If not, you can always turn up the heater!
    When you buy your silverscreens, it might be worth getting full length ones to cover the whole cab. We bought ours online from Camper Bro Shop in Italy for about £280. We bought the Cover Tech ones. It splits so that the full length part need not be used in warmer climes. Another make worth looking at is Hindermann. They look top quality but are quite expensive.
     
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    If you do get some make sure they have good ski type bindings.

    I have used them when the missus was getting back into skiing after an ACL operation. My comments would be that they teach you a lot about fore/aft balance. You will get dumped a couple of times before you're able to link turns. They feel hopelessly unstable if you have them on anything approaching "normal" edge angles. Crank 'em up on edge. Ditch the poles. They have a ridiculously short turning radius, so you really have to stay dead center on them -- which again gets back to the fore/aft balance thing.

    Firm surfaces work best. Take 'em out first thing in the morning on the groomers. Snowplowing or sideslipping to a stop on them is an exercise in futility, so you have to turn them uphill -- make sure you have some space around you.

    Personally I would always choose to ski - a much more versatile weapon. From the description you have given as to why you are considering them - I think you maybe coming at them with the wrong idea, if you think to how you have seen people on them they are not being timid - you need to use them aggressively.
     
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    I think I'm too old to try the short ski's as I still remember my 203 ones!!!. I think the modern waisted skis are great so easy to use and still run well so easy to carve. We don't buy our own as the rental almost equals the carriage charge on the cheap airlines. This year used skimium rental ( linked to decathlon ) top of the range skis about 80 euros a week brand new.

    David
     
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    I know what you mean - I think when I first started skiing the skis were as tall as me and now they are a good 10-15cm shorter than me depending on what the rental assistant thinks I should have!

    The last few times we've skied we've combined it with a trip to see our friends (in Spain near Andorra), and we worked out that since we had driven (not in camper van though) it would've worked out cheaper over the trips if we'd bought the skis.

    At the moment I'm leaning toward something like the salomon short kart (a mid length short ski) with proper release bindings. They'd store in the van easily enough and theoretically we'd get back into the swing of things quicker than on regular skis. If we don't get on with them (or get laughed at too much) we'll sell them and go back to renting again.
     
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    Yep - I had spotted that they are available with full release or non release. Both myself and the OH are prone to moments of supreme biffness so full release all the way!
     
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    I have short skis and blades and a snow board and "real skis" I use the blades all the time now on piste off piste moguls ice you name it. ..
    This is because mine are very wide even though 99cm long.

    There is literally nothing I can not do on them that i couldn't on ski's.

    Its not a shame to use them...i prefer them and only the ski v blade v snowboard v what look cool will say anything about it and in to old and ugly to care (ok I ain't old)

    Btw I use them with non release bindings they are fixed proper in and I've had loads of crashes even on high speed blacks with little or no damage although I did have a nasty winding after landing on my back over a jump ...
     
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    Thanks haganap - good to have the opinion of someone who regularly uses them. I think I'd probably stick with release bindings simply because of our level of skiing (read that as clumsiness!!!)

    Out of interest do you use poles with your blades or short skis? For what they cost and room they take up I'll probably just get some anyway.

    I tried boarding but never really got it. I think it's probably that I didn't give enough time to it to get the hang of it properly.
     
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    Which ski resorts would you recommend assuming you skied the pyrenees we are thinking of trying that way sometime
     
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    I don't use poles with blades there's no point. I do with short skis
     
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    I have never ski'd in my life :( and I would love to but I am simply too scared of breaking a leg etc :eek:

    Are these 'Blades' safer for someone like me? I had a quick look on the 'net and it seems that you can do quite a lot on them but that they are considered seriously 'uncool':rolleyes:. I am now worried about looking uncool, I would just like to be safe o_O
     
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