I'm an intermediate skier who is comfortable on most black diamonds - never skied powder, beginner on moguls... but I can survive (painfully slowly or uncontrollably) most double black diamonds (I grew up in Michigan, hence the ski background above). I would love to learn to ski powder, glades, and get in to back-country stuff.
I'm looking for a better pair of ski boots (and maybe some all-mountain skis if the price is right) and my wife is looking for both ski boots, bindings, and skis for a beginner/brand new to sport (as she has been renting skis or snowboard sets) every time we go skiing.
I finally got her hooked on the sport and she actually suggested buying so she doesn't have to keep renting.
Should we find a good ski shop in LA (los angeles) or go to mammoth?
When is the best time to buy?
And will waiting for that best time off-set the price of renting her gear each time we go this season?
We are thinking of skiing next in 2 weeks.
I have terrible flat feet and wear a custom orthotics in my work dress- and tennis-shoes - made a world of a difference. However, the orthotics don't work in any ski boots. Should I buy custom boots? I hear its all about finding a good boot fitter...
Lastly, should I switch my bindings off my atomics (which are likely 10+ years old) to a new set of skis? or just buy a new set of bindings if I buy new skis. The only benefit I can think of keeping the bindings on the skis is faster switch to "rock skis" when you upgrade your gear... but how hard is it to swap bindings myself?
I will try to post a picture of my skis and current bindings when I get a chance.