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Help a beginner skiier choose skis :)

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Hi everyone

This is my first post, I'm from New Zealand, 20 years old.

 

I've snowboarded for a couple of years now and am quite competent (boo me off stage now :) ) But I'm heading to Park City end of year and my girlfriend who I'm going with wants to ski Deer Valley so I need to learn to ski!

 

I had a lesson yesterday and really enjoyed it, I'm going to try and get good enough at skiing to be able to ski when we go to Park City so have to get a lot of time in before December.

 

I'm looking for some reasonable entry level skis and boots and have no idea where to start!

 

 

  1. Where in the world are you skiing?
    New Zealand, skis will have their virgin runs here and then be used in Park City

  2. What kinds of terrain do you prefer (groomed runs, moguls, race course, park'n'pipe, trees, steeps, backcountry/sidecountry)
    No idea, on a board I'm happy to do anything
     

  3. How many days a year do you ski? (or snowboard)*
    10 max at the moment! Not enough I know :(
     

  4. How advanced are you as a skier?
    Virgin :)
     

  5. What's your height and weight? 
    178cm , 73kg
    5' 8" , 160lbs


Thanks in advance

Ecko

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Welcome to EpicSki!  How well does your girlfriend ski?

 

Have you consider just getting some good boots . . . from a local boot fitter . . . and renting skis for a bit.  My guess is that skis that make sense for you at home may not be the best for Utah any way.  Checking skis for the flight is obviously possible, but may not be worth the effort.

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She's skied for about 14 years!! 
Haven't considered just boots, but sounds wise. Any recommendations? Are there differences between one set and another?

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She's skied for about 14 years!! 
Haven't considered just boots, but sounds wise. Any recommendations? Are there differences between one set and another?


One that fits your feet.
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She's skied for about 14 years!! 
Haven't considered just boots, but sounds wise. Any recommendations? Are there differences between one set and another?

Aah . . . you have some catching up to do.  smile.gif

 

The thing about finding the right boot is that there are lots of different shapes to feet and lower legs.  It's not like buying a pair of shoes.  A little bit of a problem in the fit can mean all sorts of issues later on.  Too tight is not good.  Too loose is really not good.  I'm sure there are boot fitters in New Zealand.  It's worth paying a bit more to get it right.  Also should mean that if a minor adjustment is needed then that won't cost extra.

 

Start by reading this:

http://www.epicski.com/a/boot-fitting-which-boot-will-work-for-me

 

Fitting ski boots is nothing like fitting snowboard boots.

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