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post #1 of 10
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Ski question but first my info.   My skiing consisit of 4-6 days a year on our family vacation. Been skiing for about 10 years. I am 45 and can link turns and navigate any blue and most groomed blacks.  I really prefer groomed blues with and only occasional powder due to aging knees.  I usually rent skis and the last two years i have upgraded to a performance type ski or 1 year old demos..  This past year i could definitely tell i was on a better quality ski but i can't for the life of me remember what make or model.  We are going to head to Steamboat this next year and i was trying to decide what performace level ski to search/ask for. When i search for ideas on the net it is real easy for me to get overwhelmed and therefore be under informed.  I realize that ski's are a lot of personnal preferences and personal fit due to skill level and such. So my question is, Would some of you offer some suggested brands and models that most rental places will have that would not be overkill but still give me the same satisfaction that the quality ski's i have from last year provided.  Thanks.

post #2 of 10

Boots. If you are skiing 4-6 days a season, you are best just to get a high performance demo where ever you go on your trip than to buy. So, back to my initial response, invest in a good pair of boots from an experienced boot fitter. If you look at the "15 best boot fitters" thread, you very well could find someone in your area that is on that list, if not, I am sure we can refer you to someone that IS in your area. There are some great places in Steamboat to demo skis. 

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^^^ What he said. Just not worth the investment to buy skis, given the rate that technology changes, if you're gonna ski them under a week a year. Plus renting let's you tailor your sticks to the conditions that week. Boots, OTOH, are worth their weight in gold if they actually fit well, keep you skiing without pain, and allow you to do stuff on skis that you wouldn't be able to do otherwise. Also would recommend lessons each year. You'll be surprised, but over a few years, you'll improve and that'll make skiing more enjoyable. Plus, instructors will take you to the best conditions on the mountain, which you'll be able to enjoy without waiting like the plebs. 

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sorry if i was unclear.  I was not asking in order to buy. I fully intend to rent, i just want to make sure i am renting an quality ski...  I agree about boots, my wife purchased a fitted pair a couple of years ago and she has been much more pleasant to ski with heheheh.  So just looking for some good models to ask for at the rent shop...  And by the way, i always make sure my boots are correct.  last year tried on 4 pair before accepting a rental.

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Originally Posted by villagenut View Post

We are going to head to Steamboat this next year and i was trying to decide what performace level ski to search/ask for. When i search for ideas on the net it is real easy for me to get overwhelmed and therefore be under informed.  I realize that ski's are a lot of personnal preferences and personal fit due to skill level and such. So my question is, Would some of you offer some suggested brands and models that most rental places will have that would not be overkill but still give me the same satisfaction that the quality ski's i have from last year provided.


Guys, he's not looking to buy, he's looking for suggesting of what skis he should rent/demo.  So while the "boots first" recommendation is normally on the mark, I don't think it's going to help in this case.

 

villagenut, for suggestions on things to demo for skiing primarily groomed blues, I don't think I can help at all.  I'm just trying to keep the discussion on your original question.

 

Edit: looks like you beat me to it, village nut. smile.gif

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Originally Posted by villagenut View Post

sorry if i was unclear.  I was not asking in order to buy. I fully intend to rent, i just want to make sure i am renting an quality ski...  I agree about boots, my wife purchased a fitted pair a couple of years ago and she has been much more pleasant to ski with heheheh.  So just looking for some good models to ask for at the rent shop...  And by the way, i always make sure my boots are correct.  last year tried on 4 pair before accepting a rental.


Cool. IMHO, the question should not be what to rent, but WHERE. You are going to be at Steamboat, there are some very good shops in the base area that DEMO skis..not rentals. What you should demo, will be based upon conditions that particular day. 

 

post #7 of 10

Rental boots?  Very bad.  You will have a lot more fun skiing with your own boots.  Go to a good bootfitter, you will be very glad you did.

post #8 of 10

ya buy your own boots and buy your own skis imho.  it can be quite cost effective. I buy used gear and sell it the following year -- usually costs me less than $50 to ski them all year long. more than 10-15 days on each pair of skis.

 

try to find me rentals at $5 a day, and on last years gear -- not some shabby crap.

 

post #9 of 10

Villagenut,

 

In very many ways, going into a good demo shop is confusing as actually buying....they have a lot of different skis in different lengths. Many shops have weekly deals that let you exchange skis, therefore, as Philpug stated where you rent is important. Finndog is Steamboat local (almost) and could probably give you some specific shop recommendations. The location and actual terms of a weekly rental deal are important. Do some research as skiing different models is fun and enlightening.

 

If you like skiing blue trails, my thoughts would be to find a performance ski with a center width somewhere around 85mm, maybe less is you ski slower and/or make more turns.

 

Paging Mr. Finndog! Or other 'boat experts.

post #10 of 10

Sportsstalker or Fleischer Sports, both right at the gondola have nice demo fleets...

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