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First time buying skis...help

post #1 of 9
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I'm an intermediate to intermediate advanced skier who is looking to buy a pair of skis for the first time. I've mainly just rented over the past few years and now I'm in a position to start skiing more and more often during the winters. I basically stick to the groomed trails and can handle both blue and black diamond trails pretty effectively. I'm 5'10" and about 170 pounds and from the research I've done, it looks like I probable want a good pairs of all mountain skis. If anyone has any suggestions that would be much appreciated. Thanks

post #2 of 9

Boots. Boots. Boots. Did I mention Boots. 

 

 

Skis are the sexy and fun thing to talk about but boots are the most important piece of your gear. You date your skis and marry bout boots. No one ever complained about their feet hurting because they were on the wrong skis. Oh, did I mention, start with good boots?

 

 

And...welcome to Epicski, the home of get the right boots. wink.gif

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Thread Starter 

I know boots are important, but that's something that's more difficult to recommend because everyones feet are different. I'm mainly just looking for some suggestions for gear to help guide my search.

post #4 of 9

Check evo.com. They have a huge selection and good prices. You can also search by type of ski and ability level. I'd also lean towards twin tips (or partial twins) in your position for the sake of versatility, especially if you are young. They can go pretty much anywhere, they're good off-piste and fun on the groomers. But twins versus all mountains is a matter of personal preference. I personally use K2 Extremes for on and off piste and I love them. Also check out some ski sizing charts to determine the ideal length for you, unless you already know what you like from rental experience.

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Originally Posted by bholloway View Post

I know boots are important, but that's something that's more difficult to recommend because everyones feet are different. I'm mainly just looking for some suggestions for gear to help guide my search.


Good, most people come in expecting the ski to do all the work and the panacea. 

 

Now back to your question with some questions..."All mountain" is a pretty general term. Are we talking east or west? How aggressive are you? While being on the groomers most, do you want to venture off trail? If not, you might want to stick to a groomer/hard snow ski more than an "all mountain"? 

 

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Originally Posted by Philpug View Post




Good, most people come in expecting the ski to do all the work and the panacea. 

 

Now back to your question with some questions..."All mountain" is a pretty general term. Are we talking east or west? How aggressive are you? While being on the groomers most, do you want to venture off trail? If not, you might want to stick to a groomer/hard snow ski more than an "all mountain"? 

 


I was assuming OP meant a ski designed specifically for groomers. I've seen them referred to as 'all mountain'.

 

post #7 of 9

I made the mistake of researching skis to the Nth degree, only to find my boots were crap.  Listen to these guys, they know their stuff.

 

BEST advice I got here was "Go see a bootfitter FIRST." Nobody here can recommend a particular boot, but a bootfitter will.  Best money you'll ever spend.  The skis will then just be icing on the cake and will be far easier to pick than your boots.  There will be several skis that will work for you I'm sure, and these guys can certainly pick some for you, but only one set of boots to fit you like you deserve.

 

It's all in the boots, I learned my lesson the hard (and expensive) way.

 

Skis are the hotties you take out for a fun fling, but boots are the girl you bring home to meet mom. wink.gif

post #8 of 9

I am at the same level as you, maybe a bit lower and I love my Blizzard Magnum IQ 7.6s.  I have a 172 and I think you would do well with those also.  Every ski instructor that has seen them (4 total) have complemented me on the selection and said they are a great ski for my level.  At 76 mm at the waist, this is a good all-mountain ski that you can use in the groomed runs and not so groomed runs.  I am not an expert, but I thought I would share anyways.

 

Good Luck!

 

 

post #9 of 9

Hit up a demo day at your local mountain come winter. Lots of companies make a competent "all-mountain" ski, though most are going to be lacking off the groom.

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