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Re-equipping on the cheap.

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I'm a 43 year old man who's getting back onto the slopes after a 20-year hiatus. I grew up in Maine skiing Sugarloaf and Tuckerman Ravine, but moved to Chicago for years and then suffered a spine condition. Both incidents prevented me from skiing but now I'm back; and, now I have a family.

 

This means I have to re-equip on the cheap so I can make sure I can afford to bring the whole family. I've been lurking on eBay looking for cheap equipment.

 

Question... how old is too old? I understand the indemnity issues inherent to purchasing old bindings and have been checking the various indemnification lists to make sure my potential purchases feature bindings ski shops will actually service. My other concern is, when it comes to skis, how old it too old?

 

Also, I'd like to get some advice on bidding for this item... what's the highest you would go?

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/251028427098?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649#ht_2230wt_700

 

Additionally, there seems to be such a greater range of specialized skis than the last time I was in the market for boards. I'm looking for something I can use to get back up to the pitches I was used to skiing. 50°. I'm 5'10" and 190 lbs. Lengths? Ski types? Brands? Any advice would be appreciated.

 

Stoked to be back on boards.


Edited by Viddiewell - 4/1/12 at 9:47pm
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Instead of Ebay, I would reccomend "ski swaps".  Most ski clubs have one every fall.  Excellant deals to be had, and you will likley have a wide selection, plus people to help answer questions.

 

Dont skimp on boots thou or clothing.  You dont need to be an expert to appreciate warm, dry and comfortable.  Skis are probably the least important of your gear.  Just make sure they are appropriate (ie length, binding DIN range, width) for what you want to do.  Just as a guide thou, you should be able to get used skis for you, wife and 2 kids for under $250 total.

 

Save the rest of your money for boots, ski suits and lift tickets.

 

As for specifics thou on ski gear...getting back into it...look for something say 170-175cm, around 80somthing under foot, no more then 3-4 years old...no need to go older.  Should be able to get lots of stuff at only 1 year old,used skis arent worth much.

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If you are on the north side of Chicago, this is a good little shop.

 

 

Scandinavian Ski Shop
1621 Waukegan Rd
Glenview, IL 60025
 

 

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