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I'm in my early fifties now and returning to skiing following a ten year layoff.  Why the lay-off?  Well, two reasons.  First I have a son now in college who became competitive in another sport.  It just plain took a lot of my free time.  Second, I heliskiied towards the end and after some close AV calls my family pressured me to refrain.  After the excitement of deep in the wild, resort skiing wasn't that compelling.

 

Now I'm semi-retired and heading to Utah this week to look for a permanent place to live.  Even if I don't ski much in the future, the mountains are the place and with my son in college I can finally do it.  I know what it's like, I lived in Tahoe for a year in my twenties and skied almost every day.

 

I've been working out and am in really good flat land shape, we'll see what age and lack of skiing have done.  I have my equipment from 10 years ago.  Salomon X Scream Series skis and Salomon X-Wave 10.0 boots.

 

1.  How much am I giving up to current equipment?  I've never had a pair of boots that were comfortable.  Hi arches, bony outer ankle and desire for immediate and reliable edge initiation. 

 

2.  Anyone like me who can relate to a long absence?

 

3.  Any recommendations for bootfitters in Park City?  I'm prepared to buy another set of boots if it makes sense.

 

4.  Thoughts about PC as a place to live?  Any other recommendations?  I can go anywhere.  It seems though with a nearby big city and airport, snow quality and Little Cottonwood not far, it might be my best place.

 

5.  Thanks for reading.  Cheers.

 

Lorenzo

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Welcome to EpicSki!  You'll find lots of folks who got back on the slopes after a hiatus of a decade or two or three.  Life intervenes.  I was lucky that my daughter liked her first experience at age 4.  She's a tween now and I've had a ski buddy for several years for a spring break week at Alta.  Does help to be retired and not having to worry about how to manage vacation days.

 

There are a lot of relevant threads and articles for you to read.  The best way to find them is to do a Google search something like "slc boot fitter: epicski" or "move to Utah: epicski".  Do a little reading and then come back with questions.

 

To get some sense of current equipment, click on Articles on the menu on top of any Epicski webpage.  Read about boots, then skis.  Also good info in the links at the top of the Ask The Boot Guys forum.

 

Good luck!

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Welcome to EpicSki!  You'll find lots of folks who got back on the slopes after a hiatus of a decade or two or three.  Life intervenes.  I was lucky that my daughter liked her first experience at age 4.  She's a tween now and I've had a ski buddy for several years for a spring break week at Alta.  Does help to be retired and not having to worry about how to manage vacation days.

 

There are a lot of relevant threads and articles for you to read.  The best way to find them is to do a Google search something like "slc boot fitter: epicski" or "move to Utah: epicski".  Do a little reading and then come back with questions.

 

To get some sense of current equipment, click on Articles on the menu on top of any Epicski webpage.  Read about boots, then skis.  Also good info in the links at the top of the Ask The Boot Guys forum.

 

Good luck!

Thanks a mil... I'll check out the resources you mentioned.

 

It is fun coming back into the sport with the Internet as a resource.  Not really the case when I left it.  Fun but strange...

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What's really strange is when someone you are skiing with takes a picture on their phone and immediately posts it to a ski forum.

 

What's nice is being able to find ski buddies all over the country for those of us lucky enough to have the time and money to fly for ski trips.  My husband is a non-skier, so ski forums have made it a lot easier for me to get into skiing in a major way.  I'm not a fan of ski club trips because I like to be more flexible.

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No. 1. Go to SureFoot, get comfy boots.

No. 2. Try out lots of the new style skis and find ones you like.

 

Don't go skiing on 10 year old boots and skis. It's changed a lot.

 

SureFoot is spendy.  $1500 for the "works".  Boots, custom orthotic, molded liner, boot heaters.  But worth it.  Comfort is key.  Story on SureFoot customer service. Did the deal at PC store. Skied, had some issues.  Took boots to Surefoot in Sun Valley for mods.  Got more mods in Whistler store.  Two full seasons, just not quite right. SureFoot replaced EVERYTHING for free.  Free service all over and backed up their lifetime guarantee and replaced it when they couldn't fix it. 

 

I think they figure 100 ski days before liners start to break down.  Still comfy now (three years later) but I'll do a full refit (keep the orthotics) next year at Surefoot.

 

No. 3. Park City place for base.  Pop out of the house and skiing.  Alta/Snowbird, a ride up the canyon all the time, gets old.   Fun to visit now and then but Deer Valley, PC and Canyons will give you everything.

 

Rent for a year and check out all the spots.  Probably more cost effective to just rent a place for ski season.

 

I got back into skiing after eight year layoff.

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Lorennzo: This young man just moved to SLC from NJ.  Very different situation than yours, but you may learn something from this thread and others that TFull has started.  Mouse over to a screen name for the drop down to see All Posts for that account or to send a PM (Private Message).

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/114040/desperately-want-to-move-west

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What's really strange is when someone you are skiing with takes a picture on their phone and immediately posts it to a ski forum.

 

What's nice is being able to find ski buddies all over the country for those of us lucky enough to have the time and money to fly for ski trips.  My husband is a non-skier, so ski forums have made it a lot easier for me to get into skiing in a major way.  I'm not a fan of ski club trips because I like to be more flexible.

Great points, there are some fun possibilities today that didn't exist when I left.  Hope I can find some ski buddies here as it would be awesome to see their ski experiences posted as well as lay tracks with new friends...

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No. 1. Go to SureFoot, get comfy boots.

No. 2. Try out lots of the new style skis and find ones you like.

 

Don't go skiing on 10 year old boots and skis. It's changed a lot.

 

SureFoot is spendy.  $1500 for the "works".  Boots, custom orthotic, molded liner, boot heaters.  But worth it.  Comfort is key.  Story on SureFoot customer service. Did the deal at PC store. Skied, had some issues.  Took boots to Surefoot in Sun Valley for mods.  Got more mods in Whistler store.  Two full seasons, just not quite right. SureFoot replaced EVERYTHING for free.  Free service all over and backed up their lifetime guarantee and replaced it when they couldn't fix it. 

 

I think they figure 100 ski days before liners start to break down.  Still comfy now (three years later) but I'll do a full refit (keep the orthotics) next year at Surefoot.

 

No. 3. Park City place for base.  Pop out of the house and skiing.  Alta/Snowbird, a ride up the canyon all the time, gets old.   Fun to visit now and then but Deer Valley, PC and Canyons will give you everything.

 

Rent for a year and check out all the spots.  Probably more cost effective to just rent a place for ski season.

 

I got back into skiing after eight year layoff.

Good points, I may look for a rental while there as well...

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Lorennzo: This young man just moved to SLC from NJ.  Very different situation than yours, but you may learn something from this thread and others that TFull has started.  Mouse over to a screen name for the drop down to see All Posts for that account or to send a PM (Private Message).

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/114040/desperately-want-to-move-west

Thanks again!

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Lorenzzo. welcome back. The mountains have been waiting for you.

 

Also suggest BootWorks, in the PCMR Plaza. A small shop that just does boots and they do them well.  Ernie, did a great job for me last year, but would trust any of the guys.  Lot of experience, great fitting equipment, handy to the lower lift (this is real helpful for getting the fine tuning done), good taste in music too.  They do not do skis but ask them, they have LOTS of experience in the town and all the contacts.  Your timing is good, equipment sales should be starting and the selections should still be good.

 

Enjoy round 2.

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