Ok, I live in Utah and I ski at Alta very frequently since the beginning of last year.
I will go over each peice of equipment I need or may need. I have a limited budget so I can't be spending a whole lot.
Skis: Last Christmas I got Rossignol S7.pro skis which are the junior ones and they are 150cm and 90mm underfoot. I got these skis when I was just getting into powder and later on by March I was doing most of my skiing on powder and off of the groomed runs. I got pretty good last year, I am not throwing 360's yet but I can do some small cliffs and that kinda thing. This year I plan on skiing just as much last year but I have been growing pretty quick. Right now I am about 5'7 135 lbs. I will probably grow as well from now till the end of the season. My question is if these boards will last me at least until April and then i can pick up some demos or something for next season. These skis only have like 3/4 of a season on them so i would hate to have to buy new ones. Also, will the 90mm be enough underfoot to get me through 1 foot plus of powder? I remember last year I had a problem with very deep powder, if I wasn't going fast enough, I felt very unstable and I would go over the bars because my skis were submerged in the powder. This probably also has something to do with skill but what part do my skis play in that?
Coat: I saw a nice looking jacket and i measured sleeve and chest and such and it would be big at first but I can grow into it. My old coat would always be soggy and damp on the inside on powder days and got too small. here is the jacket I would like to get: http://www.backcountry.com/salomon-reflex-jacket-mens That is more than I wanted to spend so if you can convince me why it would be better than a cheaper one or a link to a cheaper jacket. I did see this, but wouldn't I have to have an inside liner because isn't it just a shell or is it a complete jacket? http://www.backcountry.com/under-armour-specialty-shell-jacket-mens BTW, I want to wear a jacket that will keep me warm with just a tee shirt on under neath and maybe 2 tee shirts.
Goggles: I would like to get new ones, but again I have to keep it cheap. My goggles are from the 80's and are scratched and on those white over cast days I couldn't see the terrain very well and they would fog up. Just not very clear. Are these a good pair? http://www.backcountry.com/giro-signal-goggle Which lens should I get for skiing about half and half sun and snowy days.
Gloves: I had plenty of problems with moisture getting in my gloves last year and I just couldn't go when the temps got below 20 degrees which happens alot because my fingers would FREEZE that along with the damp inside of gloves. I want a pair that will allow me to ski in harsh temps. I would rather my hands be hot than cold. I saw these: http://www.backcountry.com/peak-performance-utah-glove Will I need a liner to go with them to keep my digits warm in single digit temps?(haha)
Everything else should work, I just want to be comfortable this year skiing
Edited by drainbamage - 10/30/11 at 3:35pm