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Looking to buy my first pair of skis

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So i'm planning on buying my first pair of skis.  I'm 5' 8" 135 lbs.  I've been skiing for sixteen years now and am finally at the age where its time to buy my own pair instead of renting.  I ski everything on the mountain, from moguls to groomed to powder and want a ski that will work great on any surface.  Preferably, I'd rather have a ski attuned more to groomed runs that moguls.  I saw several reviews for Head Monsters and liked what i saw, but i figured I'd get other opinions before putting any money down.  Any suggestions on what to get?

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Knowing where you ski would help - those lucky enough to ski Utah or Colorado generally need a different ski than those on the east coast - i.e. wider, more rocker.

What percentage on/off trail do you ski?

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What kingsalami said.  But, before you buy skis, go to a boot fitter and get boots that properly fit your feet.  Then demo some skis and figure out what you like.

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What kingsalami said.  But, before you buy skis, go to a boot fitter and get boots that properly fit your feet.  Then demo some skis and figure out what you like.


Notice that mtcyclist said, "bootfitter" and not a chain store.  You'll generally get a much better fit & a boot that best meets your needs & skiing style if you stick with a professional. And if/when you have foot/boot issues, they should hook you up with custom fitting, footbeds, etc.  at a discount.

After I moved to OK, I sold my skis, but kept my boots for a couple years. I just demoed for a year or two whenever I went to CO to ski. A great boot fit is key to having a great day on the mountain.

 

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well, my family has a timeshare in Park City, Utah that we use every year.  This is where most of my skiing is done.  And for the most part, i prefer to stay on trail.  Thanks for the help by the way.

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