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Want to learn how to Ski, but need help with what I need to get

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I'm 22, and I just looking to start skiing with my friend. He has helped me figure out the basics of what I need to get, but I am still having trouble knowing if what I am considering getting is good enough. At this point I am still unsure if I will get fully into skiing, so I am looking to save as much money as I can (Say a $25 base top vs a $50 one from this site I have been looking at). I'm just looking for the best bang for the buck to keep me warm enough. Can anyone help me with this? Directing me towards the right brands or even good online shop that has what I am looking for will be great.

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I am not a fan of UA stuff.  I've had Hot Chillys in the past and it worked just fine, even in Minnesota in the winter.  I doubt the UA stuff is 2X better.  Whatever you do make sure you don't wear any cotton for skiing, unless of course you enjoy being wet and very cold.

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I'm 22, and I just looking to start skiing with my friend. He has helped me figure out the basics of what I need to get, but I am still having trouble knowing if what I am considering getting is good enough. At this point I am still unsure if I will get fully into skiing, so I am looking to save as much money as I can (Say a $25 base top vs a $50 one from this site I have been looking at). I'm just looking for the best bang for the buck to keep me warm enough. Can anyone help me with this? Directing me towards the right brands or even good online shop that has what I am looking for will be great.



If you aren't sure if you're gonna do it long-term, you don't have to go crazy buying expensive clothing.  If you are in need of thermals, the stuff they sell at target (as long as it fits you) is fine... or the less expensive stuff at a sports store.  Staying warm isn't rocket science or something that needs a high price tag.

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I skied for a while using sweatpants underneath a pair of wind / shell rain pants that I already had to keep out the moisture.  Up top, I just used a t-shirt, a sweater and a jacket.  It was years before I invested in fleece and wicking base layers and all the other high-tech stuff.

 

Basically, you don't need anything fancy to learn how to ski.  You just need a way to stay warm and dry.

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1.  Go to Salvation Army or Goodwill for a ski or ski-type jacket.  You'll find one if you go frequently.  It doesn't have to be a real ski jacket, just a good outdoor one that has plenty of pockets, but you may find something straight from a ski shop.  You never know.  $15.00

2.  In a ski shop observe the way ski pants are made down at the ankle - note that there are two layers, one underneath thin layer that has elastic and a wide outer layer that is very thick and stiff along the inside ankle area.  These features are important.  Then look for a pair of those at the thrift shop as well.  If you go often you'll find them in your size.  $6.00

3.  Wicking athletic fleeces are very very common at thrift shops - get a bunch that vary from thin to thick, and layer up beneath that jacket.  $4.00 each

4.  A fleece neck gaiter is great.  See if you can find one in the thrift shop.  It works wonders to keep you warm.   $2.00 thrift, $9.00 ski shop

5.  If you're lucky, you can find ski gloves at the thrift shop, too.  But the best time to buy them is in the ski shop in May.  They always have too many and sell the leftovers at significant discount.  You may have to pony up for these in the shop.  $3.00 thrift shop price, $36 otherwise.

6.  Ski socks are going to cost you.  Buy one pair in a ski shop.  Don't skimp on this.  Wash them after skiing and wear again the next day.  $20.00 in the shop.

7.  Googles.  You need goggles.  Must buy in ski shop.  Another $35.00.  Unless you are skiing in very warm weather, you need these.  At end of season they go on sale in the shops, but otherwise you're stuck with just trying them on in the shop and buying.

 

Enjoy.


Edited by LiquidFeet - 12/9/11 at 4:33am
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