I have a quick question about the length of people’s poles. Skiing the past weekend I was just dicking around and riding sans poles. Yeah, I made a few pole-less runs in the past couple of seasons but I didn’t really think much of them. It was different this time around because I went without poles the whole day. For last run I put them back on and I was like what “the hell is a matter with these things”, they felt so long. Having my poles back sure made my slower speed turns a lot cleaner, but when I went for a spin off a roller it felt like my poles were throwing me off balance. Maybe it was just that I got a little used to skiing w/o poles and when I slipped my hands back into the grips I was just a little rusty, but I was so moved by my awkwardness in the air that I watched some old vids of myself skiing and I paid close attention to the length of my poles and pole placement. Maybe I’m just naturally unstylish, but my poles looked so long and out of place.
So, If my stupid little story didn’t help you understand my question I just want to know if many people ski with short poles for air style reasons or do good jibbers just pay close attention to how they hold their poles along with other things such as grabs, spins, baggy clothes, keeping the hands low, keeping the upper body low, and other steeze related issues?