Welcome to EpicSki! How long have you lived in Utah? What's your favorite place to ski? How many days do you expect to make it to the slopes this season?
As long as the boot fitter thinks the hand-me-down Salomon boots are a decent fit, they will be fine for a season or two if he can find a new liner. What would make a bigger difference is if you can spring for a custom footbed that is heat molded to your foot. Note that a footbed can last 10 years and it can be used in any ski boot. So when you are ready for a better boot, your investment can really pay off. I got my first custom footbed for around $150 during a late season sale a couple seasons ago, something like 20% off.
Quite honestly, what will do you the more good than better skis is a few lessons in terms of quick progress for keeping up with your friends. If you could go midweek during early season, sometimes a group lesson can become a private or semi-private. Are you close enough to PCMR or Brighton to go for night skiing? I assume they have lessons then.
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Originally Posted by scheidan
Last year was my first year skiing and I'm looking to add some gear for this season. I learned last year on some K2 Four r's (I went 166 to learn to turn easier) and some pretty basic Nordica boots. For this season I bought some used Salomon Foils (182 cm) and am getting some hand-me-down Salomon boots (not sure on the model, but a stiffer boot).
I'm about 6' 185lbs. I live in Utah doing mostly groomers, but want to go play in the pow with my boarder friends. I got pretty good (I think) for just one season and am looking to progress to the next level.
My question is, do I have the set up to help me progress this year? I plan on taking the boots to a fitter and getting a new liner. There is a setup from Klint on The Clymb for their intermediate ski, the Ako, for under $200. Anyone familiar with these skis or think this might be a better option for me?