I'm having one hell of a bummer year. I feel like I'm getting worse and worse and I'm always the one lagging behind when we do trees or technical terrain since I have difficulty doing all those tight turns. I'm wondering if it's due to my gear?
I'm 5'5" (165cm), 155lb. 165lb with clothing and gear probably. So I'm short and dense.
Head Vector 120 boots
2012 176cm Sir Francis Bacon (108mm width), pretty playful and easy to slash around, but little stability in chop and flops around at high speed unless on edge, tips tended to drill underneath powder
2014 169cm K2 Iron Maidens (90mm width), very playful, no problem doing small frequent turns, charges great, not good for powder
2015 186cm ON3P Jeffrey (114mm width), good for powder and charging, not very playful for me or great for tight trees but the ski length does tower over my 165cm height.
Atomic Hawx 130 boot
2012 176cm Sir Francis Bacon (108mm width), not turning as tightly or easily as I remember, my thighs burn easily so I must be in the backseat too much)
2017 176cm ON3P Kartel (108mm width), not turning well *at all*. I basically have to horizontally plow down steep areas with tight trees, they feel like they're on tracks and they're planted to the ground. My friend who's 6'4" and does tight steep trees beautifully and normally skis Armada JJs tried my 176cm Kartels and says they're definitely harder to turn than his longer 186cm JJs. He feels they're definitely chargers and aren't very playful compared to the JJs. There's this girl I know who's 5'4", petite, skis JJs as well, and skis twice as fast as I do through the trees because she has no problem whipping it effortlessly around trees. Plus she's not exactly slow on the groomers either or shows much difficulty charging on her JJs.
The weird thing is that I demoed 2015 Kartel 106s and thought they were just as playful as my 2012 Sir Francis Bacons, only with more stability in the chop. So I'm extremely confused why my 2017 176cm Kartel 108s are so difficult to turn. They basically feel like my 186cm Jeffreys.
Maybe it's my boots? I'm getting a TON of fatigue in my thighs, so perhaps I need to set my boot tilt to a more forward angle? Or maybe a lack of fitness? Or maybe I should set my bindings back (they have demo rails)?
Since I'm only 5'5", should I even be skiing 176cm? The 176cm Bacon 108s didn't float well enough for me, so I'm hesitant to go shorter, but maybe I should? Do like a 169cm with ~114mm or something?
Or maybe I just suck at skiing. Honestly, that's probably it. I've never, ever enjoyed doing lots of little turns over and over and never practiced them. My two friends who ski JJs look like noodles because they're always undulating back and forth. They do trees and moguls like a zipline. I'm the exact opposite - long curves that I press and hold, but I'm screwed in the trees and technical stuff.