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    Monoski?

    I was wondering if anyone on the forum has ever tried a monoski, or currently uses one. I have been interested in trying it out but I'm a little hesitant on dumping a bunch of money into one. I'm also wondering what the transition to the single ski is like. Any info would be appreciated.


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    Quote Originally Posted by mlowe View Post
    I was wondering if anyone on the forum has ever tried a monoski, or currently uses one. I have been interested in trying it out but I'm a little hesitant on dumping a bunch of money into one. I'm also wondering what the transition to the single ski is like. Any info would be appreciated.
    Moving to Gear. Don't take this the wrong way, but I put monoskis in the same category as snowblades. Too gimmicky for me.

    Welcome to the forums!

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    They have Monoskis in Shelbyville.
    Click. Point. Chute.
    Days 12-13: 86
    Days 11-12: 58 ...and done.
    Days 10-11: 66
    Days 07-10: 44 (average)

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    don't waste your money! I tried it back in the 80s...even bought a Rossi MonoExtreme...I used it 5 times, carried it around from Tahoe to Maine for a couple years while it gathered dust, then finally sold it for what I paid for it. Monoskis lock you into a very tight stance and pretty much force you to use a skidding pivot type turn (at least the swallow tail boards do, never tried one with sidecut), encourage you to lean back, don't allow you to angulate and really don't use the same skill set as skiing on two skis. my $.02

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    i currently ride a monoski and think its a blast; i keep trying to get back on the duo skis but never seem to anymore except when its icy.

    i own two including one that's a twin tip. both are new in design and materials so i dont have any experience with monos made in their 'hey-day'. i understand they were kind of a PIA. well they still are to some degree especially as one needs to be their own ski and binding technician as many shops wont touch it for fear of liability issues.

    while eastcoastpowderhound makes a few good points but i dont agree with all of what he says. i've ridden the mono over a 100 days in the past 3 years as compared to 5 times 20-30 yrs ago so perhaps my experience differs.

    i found the transition to be quite easy although getting off the first chair was interesting. i love the monoski in the trees and in the bumps; especially the bumps. it also excels in the cruddy spring snow; the mono blasts thru it as if it were powder.

    if you'd like more info check out www.lateralpressure.com. its a forum for/about monoskis.

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    and how about tele-board?

    All these things try to emulate the true feeling of surfing on snow... like on a snowboard!

    Would fat skies even exists without snowboarders coming along to surf the snow like no one else did before? Totally other debate... but to me, monoski belong in the same rank as snowblades and straight skis: something I'm glad to know it's over with!

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    Quote Originally Posted by eastcoastpowderhound View Post
    don't waste your money! I tried it back in the 80s...even bought a Rossi MonoExtreme...I used it 5 times, carried it around from Tahoe to Maine for a couple years while it gathered dust, then finally sold it for what I paid for it. Monoskis lock you into a very tight stance and pretty much force you to use a skidding pivot type turn (at least the swallow tail boards do, never tried one with sidecut), encourage you to lean back, don't allow you to angulate and really don't use the same skill set as skiing on two skis. my $.02

    ha ha you actually bought a mono ski

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    I'm in the same boat, wanting one but never having tried one. Good luck finding an el-cheapo to trash / experiment. There's one on ebay right now that sits at $93, but its previous listing (apparently the buyer was in Norway and didn't go for a $300 shipping cost) was well over $200. A new Coda board (www.codaboards.com) with bindings is $650ish. Euro's are even more. That's a fat bet on an unknown experience. So in the mean time, everyday "craigslist monoski" is typed into my Google. Sucks.

    I think those that hate the mono, ski "correctly" with the wider stance of shape skis. I am self taught, do both at times, but love the old parallel method (swinging the hips so to speak). I've been told that if you are prone to the graceful (yet inherently unstable) feet locked together pendulum skiing a mono is a blast. In other words, if you look down while skiing and see that your skis resemble one ski as they're nearly touching, the mono ends up being a pure joy even with the loss of the inside edge. If your skis are a foot apart and you thrash curves at 5g's, a mono would be pure hell. I dunno, just my $.02.

    Lemme know if you find a stash of used ones! I know some schlub out there has one in their basement and has no idea what it is, willing to craigslist it for $40.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hardline View Post
    ha ha you actually bought a mono ski
    yup...on a shop form. cost me $200 sold it years later for $250. Hey it was the 80s, people did stupid crap back then...and it was only slightly less popular than snowboarding at the time.

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    I saw a guy rip it up on a monoski one day at camelback. leather jacket, no gloves & jeans. He lights a smoke at the entrance to margie's and then proceeds to rip it down the trail.

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