Hello all, I just found this site very recently and it is certainly jam packed with some quality info. I would appreciate any advice that you can give me regarding the purchase of some new gear. I thought the sport was behind me, and so I gave everything away.
A little bit about me. I'm 40 years old, 5.5 1/2 feet tall, and weigh about 170 give or take. I'm not in the best physical shape of my life, but slowly getting back into a healthy routine, so hope to chip some of that extra weight off.
I started skiing when I was about 8 years old, and kept at it consistently until my 20's. I live in Baltimore, MD, so all of my skiing has been done on East Coast slopes. In my prime I could confidently navigate my way down any slope without much difficulty. I went skiing last weekend, had a blast, and so I'm going to pick the sport back up (It was also the first time I skied on parabolics if you can believe it). Plus my wife is a skier, and we want to introduce our 6 year old girls to the sport as well.
I'm going to Vail with some friends at the end of February, but the majority of my skiing will most likely be East Coast (unless my girls love it, and then we venture out West for family vacays).
Anyway, the mountains around me are small and don't offer demos, and neither do my local ski shops. So I'm in a quandry. Not having been skiing in a long time, I lost touch with all of the technology, and I have absolutely no idea what skis and boots I should be looking for (I have a wide foot BTW).
I don't even know how to classify my level of ability b/c it has been so long since I have skied on a consistent basis. I was shaky on my first couple of runs this past weekend, but by the end of the day I had improved immensely. I can't really see myself getting back into the bumps hardcore (but you never know). I'm looking for something that will suit me fine regardless of the conditions (Ice, pack, or pow). I doubt that I will be super aggressive in my skiing style anymore, but then again, who knows.
What gear would you all recommend? I need skis, boots, and bindings that will suit me fine both at home and out West. Also, my last pair of skis were 160s, but they were not parabolics so I don't even know what size ski I need.
Please help. Thanks SO much!!!