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post #1 of 6
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Good evening folks,


I went skiing for the first time this past weekend. I really it enjoyed it and caught on quick. I can't wait to go back again. After a couple of runs down the bunny slopes I went right to the blue and green slopes and went down with no trouble. So I am looking for advice on my first set of skis. Now I know I am a beginner but i feel like I can progress real quick and a more intermediate set would be beneficial for me. I was at my local ski store earlier today and I was recommended to buy the Blizzard Magnum 7.0 . I'd like to know if that was a good suggestion for someone like myself. Also, does anyone recommend another set? Lastly, I am 26 years old, 5'6 and weigh 165 pounds. Any other information let me know. Thanks for you help.

post #2 of 6

I'll be the first to say this, and there's no doubt in my mind that you will hear it from others.


Buy boots.  Boots are the most important thing you should own.  Don't go just for comfort, make sure they fit you snuggly.  If you can afford both boots and skis, by all means do it, and those BIizzards should be fine, but you don't want to be renting boots.  You can get decent boots and rent skis if necessary.

post #3 of 6

Welcome to the world of ski nuts!  Sounds like you've been bit by the snow bug hard.  Where did you ski? The ratings for trails is relative to a ski area.  So a blue trail at some place can be as hard as a black at another.


Did anyone at the ski store talk to you about boots?  A good way to start learning more is to read the EpicSki articles about buying equipment.


Another beginner asked for similar advice a few days ago.  Check out the answers he got.

post #4 of 6

First off - welcome to EpicSki!


I'll echo the other two replies - get boots first.  Get them from a shop with a certified bootfitter, and take the hour or so of time needed for great boots that fit and that you'll love.  I believe there's a thread on EpicSKi somewhere listing bootfitters around the world.  Rent/demo skis until you find the pair that makes you shout out loud with glee.


I was certain that my son would love my late husband's skis, K2 Apache Recons.  DS skis fast and aggressively like my late husband.  But DS didn't like them; he said they "just didn't do it for him."  Go figure.


We just returned from a ski trip, and after our second ski day I looked at DS' boots - soles were worn down and liner was packed out.  We went to a local shop, whose bootfitter we've worked with, just to look at boots.  Well, come to find out DS was skiing in boots TWO SIZES too big.  We lucked out in that the shop had a pair of Tecnica Dragons in DS' proper size on clearance.


DS said that no matter what skis he was on, even the Recons that didn't blow him away, he was more impressed with how much the new boots upped his game.  The energy transfer from boot to ski suddenly became lightning fast - and he's an expert skier, he's been skiing the Olympic runs at Snowbasin for years.


There is a ton of great advice on EpicSki about all kinds of things.  Not sure what part of the country you're in but whatever question you might have, there's probably someone on here who can answer it.  Good luck with the gear search!

post #5 of 6

Welcome to skiing!  About those Blizzards .. they will be fine.  But wouldn't it be fun to try out lots of skis before buying them?  You can continue to rent any skis while you build your skills. The skis don't matter that much when you are learning as long as they aren't too stiff or long for you. If you have the $$ you can rent high performance skis and try out a bunch before deciding which to buy.


Buying boots first is not sexy, but it's really really really important.  Do the boots first.  Boots that fit right mean that when you tell your skis to do something with your feet, they do it.  Rental boots, or cheap boots bought off the internet, or used boots, are like having a loose steering wheel attached to the two front wheels of your car.  You wouldn't want that would you?  Your boots need to fit your feet like a glove, nice and snug (tighter than you can imagine right now after only one day of skiing) and while being so snug they shouldn't hurt.  That's the formula you need for the right boots on your feet - they need to be a custom-fit.  A bootfitter in a ski shop can help you pick out the boots that fit this way.  Succeeding at doing it on your own is probably not going to happen.


It's hard to understand why boots cost so much.  It's because they are the most important part of your gear.  There's a lot of technology embedded in those rock-hard boots on your feet.  There's also the need for a real bootfitter to make sure you don't buy boots too big. Most beginners, in a rush to spend money on great skis, short-change themselves with the boots and buy a too-big pair at a discount.  Don't be that person.  It will mess with your pocketbook (you'll finally realize you need another pair of boots - ugh!) and they will mess up your skiing.  Those nice shiny new skis won't behave properly if the boots aren't right.  The boots are the skis' handles (Ron LeMaster's term).


Read the article below first before buying boots.  Print it out and take it with you to the ski shop when you go.  Find a shop with tons of ski boots all over the walls.  That way you'll know that they will most likely have boots in stock that fit your anatomy.  This article is very good.

Edited by LiquidFeet - 1/22/13 at 7:06am
post #6 of 6

Where will you be doing most of your skiing?  Definitely boots first, but your choice of ski may be influenced by where and how much you plan to ski.  To start with, good boots (proper fit) and used or rental skis is probably the best way to go.

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