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Returning after a 20 year break

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I had not skied in 20 years since my early 20's where I would have ranked myself as an intermediate. Last weekend, I paid $22 for skis/boots/poles for myself, said I was a beginner, and hit the slopes with my son... Well my son loved it and 5 hours of skiing later, both my son and I have a new passion.


I had no issues at all the slopes with with the rental equipment and with current design skis, they made skiing so easy and I felt like I am a better skiier today than I was 20 years ago. Didn't touch the ground once and in great control on all the slops I hit. 


- I'm researching equipment for my son and I... but me first since my son is only 9 -  I'm 5"11 ~ 185lbs


- I'm interested in a twin tip all mountain ski so I can carve and play around a bit... since I'm with my son, may be skiing backwards etc. I don't need the speed so I'm considering around 171 for length - The Rossignol Experience has good reviews but the Völkl Bridge seems to stand out as a solid all round ski?


- The Nordica Transfire R2 boot looks like a good compromise between flex/stiffness?


- Bindings are a little difficult - I was looking at the Rossignol Axial 12's/Looks but based on the reviews it seems I could do better??


Am I on the right track, beyond my capabilities? Should I start over??




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Start over with the boots first.  The boots pick the person.  So you should get those fitted and purchased in-person.   That is your first step.  There are articles here about getting your boots first, as well as multitudes of similar threads to yours.


Then, once you have the boots settled, you can take the opportunity at the shop where you got your boots to chat over ski gear.    Currently your choice on skis doesn't seem to quite have focus yet, do you want to buy something shiny and new?  Or perhaps used and save money?  or perhaps last years old stock new.  where are you skiing? and do you intend your skis to just be for poking around with your son? or do you want them to do more advanced things as well?

There are a lot of lists of choice skis and recommendations in this forum already.  see if you can come back with a bit of a list to get opinions on.

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Thanks! I will focus on boots.


Southern California so Big Bear and Mammoth will be my stalking grounds. Happy with new this or last two seasons gear or good quality used. Just don't want to be caught out with "new" bargain that isn't due to manufacturing defects/quality issues.


My son is disabled so he with either be in a bi-ski or I will be skiing tethered to him. A good quality carving play ski if such exists would best describe what I am looking for.

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I will add to this to not go to a big-box store for your boots! If you are heading to Mammoth, get yourself to Footloose Sports where you can DEMO boots and then add the cost of the demo to the purchase price of boots. Same with demoing skis there. I have heard there is a decent fitter in Big Bear but I don't know where or who it is. You need to buy them where you can take them back a few times for tweaking if necessary, but you need folks who know what they are doing.


And welcome back to skiing :D What a great thing to share with your son! I saw a little girl up at Mammoth last week who was skiing on the same type of bi-ski and she was clearly having a blast! It's an incredible activity to share as a family--we are all very blessed!

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Welcome to EpicSki!  If you haven't already found them, click on Articles in the main menu bar to get to the basic ones related to buying boots and skis.  There are good shops with boot fitters in SoCal.

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I would just say an afternoon on epic ski has helped more than I could ever imagine. Just to confirm, my focus is 100% on correctly fitted boots for now.

Edited by dwaynej - 12/28/12 at 7:38pm
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When you have a little time to absorb other ski info, you might find some useful tidbits in this thread.  




What I found was that it was easy for me to adjust to shaped skis based on what I knew as an  intermediate long ago on straight skis.  In some ways easier than for folks who were advanced skiers who could keep their feet together for nice parallel turns on straight skis.  Definitely found that modern boots are a lot more comfortable.

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Hi Dwayne. I think that others got you covered. Welcome to the forum and back to the sport.
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