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post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 

First time here so be gentle. 


I use to ski 25 years ago on the east coast. Learned the hard way on those slick slopes. Moved to Texas and skiing became just a memory. Now older and have kids we went last year to Crested Butte in CO and everyone fell in love, and me again.


Having been out of it for soooo long I was a bit rusty but got my legs back after awhile. Now the question. Since we will probably continue to go to CO every year and only for a week or two, I have no interest in buying skis, but rent and demo all the new stuff I can. I mostly (read 90 - 95%) ski the groomers. At this point in life probably will be 100%. I can admit my daring days are over.


So what ski's would be a good choice for that type of skiing? I have to relearn with the new skis but I'm ok with that. I want to have fun without necessarily be working at it. Not worried about length as I can get that info up there. But for the specs I am 5'7", 200lbs (overweight but athletic). I'm no beginner but not an expert. Just looking for what would be good to try.


Thanks in advance

post #2 of 8

 Welcome to Epic!

  Oooohh the world is your oyster! Demos are fun fun fun. Flexible rentals are great as you can change your skis with conditions which effectively gives you an unlimited quiver at your disposal without the big investment. Perfect.

 Where you rent from is going to govern the available choices both in terms of products available and terrain you intend to ski. My advice is to pick the brains of an experienced employee when (s)he isn't too busy to listen to you.

 There are very few truly awful skis but there are skis that will perform better in any given circumstance. Rather than having to get an all mountain ski to cover every eventuality for a week of possibly xyz conditions, you can play with carvers on icy days, all mountain skis in changeable weather/slope conditions and fatties when its dumping! Possibly some twin tips if you end up mucking about with the family in the park? Possibilities are endless. Your going to have a lot of fun whatever you end up doing. Pointless listing skis to look out for as the shop might not deal with them.

 Given your height/weight/ability you'll want skis that come up to roughly eye level I would think. (I'm assuming you learned on skinny straight skis that probably towered over your head and may possibly not realise that shaped skis don't need to be as long as that)

 Have fun and feel free to ask any more questions. If you know/find out what skis are carried by the rental shop you intend to use then let us know and you may get someone give you a more direct answer.

post #3 of 8

Welcome to EpicSki!  Glad you had a good time on the slopes.  I ended up in NC, didn't ski much for decades, and was very happy my daughter turned out to like skiing since my husband is a non-skier.  Now I have a ski buddy for trips to Alta.  While I often rent on trips out west, I've had my own boots all along.  Well worth the investment in my opinion.  Having comfortable, warm feet beats rental boots any day.


If you haven't found it yet, I suggest you check out the articles here.  Can also just click on Article in the menu bar at the top.



post #4 of 8
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Actually after last year I went ahead and got some Lange boots fitted. So I'm set on the boots. Probably the only bit of hardware I knew I was going to get. biggrin.gif

post #5 of 8

One more "Welcome to EpicSki."  Many demos will cost around $40-50/day.  If you're skiing 10 days a year that $400-$500.  Do that for two years and you've spent more than it would cost to buy a good pair of skis and bindings.  I would recommend demoing different skis this year to see what you like and then try to buy them in the spring when lots of shops want to unload their demo fleet at firesale prices.  Get something in the 90-95mm range and you'll be able to ski much of the mountain or 95-105mm and ski it all.  No offense, but are you really old?  I'm 68 and spend 75-80% of my time off-piste.  Groomers can be dangerous places to ski but nobody ever got run down from behind by an out of control skier/boarder while skiing in the trees.biggrin.gif


Have fun.

post #6 of 8

Glad to hear you invested in good boots.  You do realize that ski forum members are known for recommending buying more stuff.  biggrin.gif


As mycyclist pointed out, there is value in owning all-mountain skis.  The flip side for a flying ski trip is that you also have to take into account the cost of taking the skis with you.  As I gradually increased the number of days I skied locally and on trips, I figured out what ski I liked.  Bought the previous model year during off season for half of retail for the version I demo's.  Same structure, just different graphics.  By then I learned a lot form online ski forums like EpicSki.  The next purchase was a Sportube so I'd have wheels for the skis.  I fly Southwest partially because they have 2 free checked bags.  Otherwise checking skis is another expense to remember.


As for staying on groomers, I thought that's what I would be doing when I started skiing regularly about 8 years ago.  I was in my late 40's.  We get in 10-15 days on weekends locally, plus I get a couple weeks out west.  Three years ago I splurged on a multi-day clinic in north Tahoe.  Learned more than enough to have changed my outlook completely.  When I'm fresh in the mornings, I'd say I'm good for at least 50% off-piste as long as I'm with ski buddies.  If there's fresh powder and I'm somewhere I know like Alta, then I'm off looking for ungroomed powder as much as possible.  For me, it's been well worth the investment in time and money for lessons to get more comfortable on the fun stuff that advanced skiers enjoy.  Sooner or later my daughter will be a better skier, but I'll be able to stick with her a while longer.

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I use to belong to a golf forum. I can't tell you how much I spent on new or used clubs because I thought or someone thought it was better for my game. I've since learned I suck no matter what equipment I use. (uh oh, starting to sound like I might belong here).


Since this is only year 2 and I have 3 boys that are into boarding I can see lots of money leaving my bank. And as for trips, we drive. Already have a roof carrier too.

post #8 of 8

Haha . . . 3 boys all boarding.  Hope it's a big bank account!


One approach is to pick something from 2010 or 2011 list of all mountain skis on EpicSki and see if you can find a pair.  Plan on using them for a year or two.  Do a personal demo day on mountain to figure out what you like.  Then can pay attention in the spring during late season sales.




After I did some demo-ing, I bought my first shaped skis on eBay because the local dealers don't carry what I like.  The second time, they were from a ski store getting rid of inventory during late season.  My first pair were K2, my second were Rossi.  Turned out as I became a better skier, K2 wasn't the best fit for me.  t stuck with skis that come with integrated bindings so that I didn't have to learn about bindings too.


Do you know what length would suit you?

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