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I am looking for some advice. I am a one week a year skier. I bought some Salomon Boots in 1998 and have skied 8 weeks in total on them. They have served me well but i feel that with new technology etc i should invest in a new pair of boots. The question is if i am only skiing for one week each year is it worth buying new boots or would it be better to just rent. I'm an intermediate skier so feel happy cruising blues and blacks as well as the odd back bowl. Any advice would be gretaly appreciated.

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Boot technology has not really changed much as far as I'm concerned. As long as your old boots are not the horrible rear entry or hybrid boots they were foisting on entry level skiers in the 90s and they fit well they will definitely serve you better than rentals. It's only worth buying new boots for a week a year if you think that you have a problem with your current ones - or if you have a problem (such as a boot that is actually too large- that you don't recognize. So perhaps ask about finding a top notch bootfitter near you or your destination who will give an honest assessment before pressuring you into buying something new.

 

Whatever you end up doing, if you recognize that a boot you buy today can easily last ten years if you only ski a week per year, then it is a good investment per day of skiing.

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Assuming you have the right boots for your ability (Your skiing must have improved over the years, right?), and assuming the boots really fit you well, and assuming you can easily extend the life of them (new liners when they pack out, new heel/toe pads so they fit properly into the bindings when they wear down from walking on pavement, etc.), you can keep the boots.  Rental boots can be pretty hit or miss, and many are downright crappy.  Besides, standing around a tight spot where other people's sweaty feet were is not something I'd look forward to.  Having the right boot that fits right (your own) is IMO a necessity for having a good ski vacation, even if it is for only one week a year.
 

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I am looking for some advice. I am a one week a year skier. I bought some Salomon Boots in 1998 and have skied 8 weeks in total on them. They have served me well but i feel that with new technology etc i should invest in a new pair of boots. The question is if i am only skiing for one week each year is it worth buying new boots or would it be better to just rent. I'm an intermediate skier so feel happy cruising blues and blacks as well as the odd back bowl. Any advice would be gretaly appreciated.

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