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Good boots for an 'advanced' beginner

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By way of background I'm mid 30s and have only been skiing a handful of times - all at Snowbird. I seemed to pick it up pretty quickly and by the end of my first day on skis I was comfortable on the black diamond runs. Needless to say I'm completely hooked! To date I've rented all my equip and now am looking to buy.

 

My question is what 'level' equipment should I be looking at - I'm clearly a 'beginner' but don't want to buy equipment that I'll need to replace quickly. Nor am I fool enough to think I should be buying advanced / expert type equipment, either. So are there 'intermediate' range boots / skis (both in function and price) that might suit my needs? Thx in advance for any advice.

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I posted this reply in another thread this morning.

 

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Originally Posted by Denny1969 View Post

 

...Don't get stuck in the mentality that you need a beginner's boot because you are a beginning skier.  If you ski enough, you will quickly outgrow the performance range of the boots.  Many of the boots in the sports performance category will allow you to progress further than a set of lower end models.  You will have a set of boots that you will be able to ski in for a long time.  Fit is everything, so get it right the first time.

 

The first thing that you want to do is to find a shop with a competent fitter and a wide variety of boots.  The smart shops buy boots mainly on fits rather than them being hot commodities.

 

A good bootfitter will be able to assess your needs.  Be frank with him, and you will get directed towards the right fit.

 

Good luck,

Dennis

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Originally Posted by poconnell View Post

By way of background I'm mid 30s and have only been skiing a handful of times - all at Snowbird. I seemed to pick it up pretty quickly and by the end of my first day on skis I was comfortable on the black diamond runs. Needless to say I'm completely hooked! To date I've rented all my equip and now am looking to buy.

 

My question is what 'level' equipment should I be looking at - I'm clearly a 'beginner' but don't want to buy equipment that I'll need to replace quickly. Nor am I fool enough to think I should be buying advanced / expert type equipment, either. So are there 'intermediate' range boots / skis (both in function and price) that might suit my needs? Thx in advance for any advice.


 

how much do you weigh how tall?

 

 

 

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I'm 5-9 and $1.45

 

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Go to the "Ask the Boot Guys" forum and read the wikis about fitting and terminology.  Then check the list of fitters to see who is near you.  If there's nobody listed near where you are or where you ski, ask and someone will be able to recommend a boot fitter.  Then make an appointment with that person, explain where you are on the learning curve and listen to and heed their advice.

 

Beginner boots are often softer(lower flex index) and almost always wider(100mm or more last) than "expert" boots.  I've never understood this idiocy that all experts have narrow feet and want very stiff boots and all beginners have wide feet and want soft boots.  I need narrow boots but I also need a relatively soft boot and while I don't consider myself an expert I can and do ski all over my home mountain without difficulty.  Finding boots wasn't easy.

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