Hello skiing brain,
Warning: Long Post
I returned to skiing last year after 10 years off or so (back injuries and such). I picked up a pair of shaped skis and really enjoyed it. I am now realizing that the skis are a little too long so I was going to get a different pair. But.......
When reading this forum, I think that my best way to go is with the boots first and demo various types of skis this winter.
5-9, 170 lbs.
I ski at a 6-7 level. I ski groomed trails in the Midwest so a lot of man-made snow.
When I did go out West, I loved the Blue/Blacks. I like to carve on steep, fast runs. I can get through the moguls, but was never that good at them (might have something to do with my 195 skis i had before). We really do not have powder here.
So on to boots.
The boots I have are 15 years old or so. They fit ok, but are cold. My feet (and fingers) get cold quick. I have read some good suggestions about not wearing your skiing socks while driving to the resort among others that I'll try this year.
I live in the Milwaukee area and do not like the few shops that are here. They are way too expensive and rude. That being said, I think that buying boots on-line is probably not the right way to go so I am looking for recommendations on a fitter in the Milwaukee/Madison/Fox Valley area. I read about inserts for the boots after you get them. Who does this, the place that sells you the boots? What is the benefit? Quick suggestions on the flex or type of boot as a starting point for my type of skiing.
I come from the Cotton long underwear and wool socks era. I know that there are a lot of better things out there. I usually wear bib of some kind as I'm on the ground a lot when I ski with the kid. I invested in a helmet for the first time this year also.
What do most of you do for a bast layer.
Remember that here we are usually skiing in Jan and Feb where it is 0-20 deg F. If I head up North, it can be colder.
Lastly; I have a truck with a good factory roof rack. Suggestions on what ski rack to get and from where?
P.S. Hi Matt!