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Looking to buying my first pair of ski's and need alittle guidence.

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I've just got back from a Ski trip in Indiana just the other night, and I used the equipment they gave me. I quickly got the hang of it and loved it! I like to make a lot of turns while I'm going down a hill so that it will slow me down when i get to the bottom. But with the ski's I was using, it seems like they weren't made for it. Every now and then I'll make a turn and just spin out. but I'd quickly get back up and finish out.

 

My question is, I looked at the different types of skis, and was wondering what would someone recommend to me? Is there a certain style I need to look for? Do skis already come with the pieces on the skis to place your boot? what boots? I just need a little guidance. Thanks.

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hi! welcome to epicski! hope you had a great trip. but in order to recommend anything we need to know where you ski, mainly east or west. you said that you like to turn, so a frontside ski would work well, that is, a ski that carves easily and goes fast, it is not for powder. do you like park? and most likely you will need to buy bindings, the place you put your boot. and moving on to the boots, you really see a boot fitter to get fited properly as most would tell you here, boots are the most important piece of equipment, its how you "talk" to your skis. i haven't given any specific models or makes because its impossible to suggest anything with what you've given. but for cheap skis that will work, go towards a rossi or dynastar. salomon makes good boots, but Lange makes them better but more expensive. good luck!

with more info i might be more helpful/

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Missed this earlier. Welcome to Epic Ski.  Set aside thoughts of buying skis until you have boots that actually fit your feet.  With properly fitting boots I can ski on just about any ski and more than likely have fun doing it.  Boots are the most important gear you can own for skiing.  Do not buy them on the internet.  Go to the "Ask the Boot Guys" forum and read the wikis about fitting and check the list of fitters.  Then go find a fitter and get some boots.  Then you can demo skis and see what you like.  Buying skis before getting properly fitting boots is putting the cart in front of the horse.

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I've just got back from a Ski trip in Indiana just the other night, and I used the equipment they gave me. I quickly got the hang of it and loved it! I like to make a lot of turns while I'm going down a hill so that it will slow me down when i get to the bottom. But with the ski's I was using, it seems like they weren't made for it. Every now and then I'll make a turn and just spin out. but I'd quickly get back up and finish out.

 

My question is, I looked at the different types of skis, and was wondering what would someone recommend to me? Is there a certain style I need to look for? Do skis already come with the pieces on the skis to place your boot? what boots? I just need a little guidance. Thanks.


Jedd17, this can be a consequence of having a short beginner rental ski and you might be overpowering it. Getting a longer ski and smoothing out the turns can help this. I'm working with a beginner women and she is on the appropriate ski length for a beginner but she is putting too much hip/butt into the finish of the turn there by spinning out. She is only a beginner so she is on the right length for now but we have to tone down some movements. As mtcyclist said go get fitted for a good boot and then you can have a better chance of finding a good ski for yourself.

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Jedd

 

As well said above, put your money into boots that are just right for you.  Where's home?  (Skiing in Indiana???)  Some parts of the country may have some ski equipment for sale, but no real experts in the shops.  Buying ski boots is part skill and part magic.  You need boots that cost several hundred dollars, boots of the make and model that both match your skiing ability and the shape of your foot and lower leg.  The experts in a very few shops know their stock and know what works best for any foot.  Ordinary boot salesmen will sell you the color you like in a boot that is too big so it is plenty comfy...and you will never ski well in this boot.

 

As said above, any of us will ski well in our own boots and garage sale skis, and ski terribly vice versa.

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It's definitely something to research thoroughly if you plan on skiing a lot.  If you are skiing on hardpack, a ski with a good side cut will help you pick up good carving skills at the outset.

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