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HELP!! Doing a ski season next year (Level two instructor) in Whistler, need advice!!

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I'm 18 years old from England, 80ish kg and ski mainly back country, powder and park (not much piste), and am going to buy some skis and bindings. I already have technica bushwacker airshells (size 12 UK). I was going to get some Line Sir Francis Bacons for the season, but want to get them as cheap as possible (second hand/ex demo are welcome!). I am also a rookie binding wise so dont know what im looking for. Any help with where and what to buy would be much appreciated! 
p.s. i understand the instructors course wants me to have groomers but i can get an average pair quite cheaply, im not bothered about skiing piste too much.

post #2 of 6

Sounds like you've got quite a year ahead.  

I'm not familiar with the particulars of Whistler, but you can start by reading the Wiki's here. 

Ski Snowboard Guide To Whistler Blackcomb Intermediate Edition

 

Ski And Snowboard Guide To Whistler Blackcomb Advanced Expert Edition

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Thanks for the reply, sorry I didn't make it clear, I was going to buy the skis before I went out, so do you know anywhere in the UK/that delivers to the UK that would be a good place to look for ^^said things?

post #4 of 6

Hi, I live and work in Whistler.

 

Seriously I would not buy them before you head out. Just have $400 - $800 in reserve for your pow/ park skis when you arrive. If you are early enough then there is the turkey sale in late Oct/ early Nov? (will need to check this out and get back to you).

 

There are about 50 pairs of skis for sale in the locker room at any given time. I will take a snap today and post it so you have some idea.

 

Without wanting to pop your bubble I would arrive with the following:

 

Boots that fit well and are comfortable (and $700-$900 in reserve for when you start to out ski them or find that the pair you were sold in the UK are not suitable quite a common occurance)

$400-$800 for each pair of skis you think that you might want.

 

You haven't listed your height. But off the top of my head there are at least three pairs of 170 cm Head Supershape Speed/ Magnum Titan type skis for sale for about $300 - $550 at the moment (depending on their condition) and at least 15 pairs of skis in the category of the Line SFBs in the same price range.

 

Good luck.

post #5 of 6

Wait to buy your skis!  There are so many options on site that it doesn't make any sense to carry all your gear to Whistler/Blackcomb.  I am PSIA Level II as well and teach in the States about 5 hours drive south of Whistler/Blackcomb.  You are in for the experience of a lifetime!  You WILL need more than backcountry gear.  See crummy day shot below...taken during 2010 Olympic Games.

 

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Originally Posted by Andrew R View Post

Hi, I live and work in Whistler.

 

Seriously I would not buy them before you head out. Just have $400 - $800 in reserve for your pow/ park skis when you arrive. If you are early enough then there is the turkey sale in late Oct/ early Nov? (will need to check this out and get back to you).

 

There are about 50 pairs of skis for sale in the locker room at any given time. I will take a snap today and post it so you have some idea.

 

Without wanting to pop your bubble I would arrive with the following:

 

Boots that fit well and are comfortable (and $700-$900 in reserve for when you start to out ski them or find that the pair you were sold in the UK are not suitable quite a common occurance)

$400-$800 for each pair of skis you think that you might want.

 

You haven't listed your height. But off the top of my head there are at least three pairs of 170 cm Head Supershape Speed/ Magnum Titan type skis for sale for about $300 - $550 at the moment (depending on their condition) and at least 15 pairs of skis in the category of the Line SFBs in the same price range.

 

Good luck.


Sorry I should have said I am 6 foot dead.
Thanks for the reply it sounds like you are the Guy to talk to! I have skied my boots in for two weeks and they are perfect so (fingers crossed) they Should be ok...

I should be getting into the resort on the 28/29th of Nov so too late for the sales, but will probably wait anyway as you said.
HOWEVER I have just spoken to a shop owner who is closing his ski shop today and is clearing out all his stock, and the deals are amazing. I have until Thursday to decide if I want any of them, if I could have some advice from anybody that would be brilliant! (reply ASAP because of time constraint please!). This is what he said:


Hi Jasper 

Thanks for getting in touch today. 

I have had a word with Daniel and we have some excellent alternatives to the Line, Sir Francis Bacons, please see the details below: 

·         Rossignol Sick Bird – 185cm including Rossignol Freeride bindings – 110 XL @ £245 

·         Rossignol S3 – 178cm or 186cm including Rossignol Freeride bindings – 110XL @ £299 

·         Salomon Shogun – 182cm including Rossignol Freeride bindings – 110XL @ £349 

·         Rossignol S7 – 178cm or 188cm including Rossignol Freeride bindings – 110XL @ £399 

·         Armada JJ – 185cm including Rossignol Freeride bindings – 110XL @ £409 

With regards to your on piste skis, we have the following skis available at COST PRICE: 

·         Rossignol Bandit Sc80 – 174cm including bindings @ £149 

·         Rossignol Experience 83 – 176cm including bindings @ £279 

·         Rossignol Experience 88 – 176cm or 186cm including bindings @ £319 

·         Head Chip 66 – 176cm including bindings @ £339 

The first skis would be my choice as they offer unbeatable value for money at just £149 for a £500 ski.

Andrew (or anybody), should I get any of these and take them out for the season, or do you still think it is better to wait?

 

 

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