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After a 15 year hiatus I've started skiing again.  Looking to upgrade my current 18 year old skis and boots.  I can't remember what my skis even are although I remember they are long & thin.  Bought them in the early 90's before the shaped skis came out, I think they are 205's.  My boots are rear-entry Salomon SX-91 from 1988.  I got them in high school.


Started to get my kids into skiing the past year or so.  They want to ski more so I figured it's probably time to upgrade my equipment.


All of my skiing is/will be done on piste in New England.


Would consider myself an intermediate/advanced skier.  Have been skiing for 30 years. Never had any problem skiing any of the ski resorts in New England.  Also skied in Europe several times on/off piste with no troubles.


I enjoy going fast, mostly short turns in the fall line.


I guess I'm looking for an all-around ski and boot.  Since I'll be skiing with my kids mostly, and they are beginners, I'll be on the easy slopes for most of my skiing.  Occasionally when they are in lessons, I'll jump to the expert trails and get a couple of runs in.


For the next couple of years, I figure we'll average 10-12 days of skiing.  Tough to squeeze it in between all the other sports.


Also need to know what length ski I would need.  I just remember longer was better/faster years ago.  Seems with the new skis, shorter is better?.  I'm 5'11", 180 lbs.


There is a used sports equipment store where I got the kids some beginner skis.  They have a couple of pairs of brand new skis also.  Not sure if they would be appropriate for me.


Elan Waveflex 8 w/bindings $480.00

K2 Impact w/bindings $380.00

Elan Mag 72 no bindings, $370.00


Thanks for the help.

post #2 of 4

Welcome back to the greatest sport.  I was in a similar position.  Took some time off and then started again when my daughter was ready.  I understand your concerns.  Was 36 with a great job when I returned after a 13 year absence and rather than buy new equipment I elected to lease new equipment for the first season.  This way I was sure that I had new gear that fit and was reliable.  For some reason if my daughter didn't like the sport I didn't have to assume a financial hit and the burden of equipment lying around the house.  


But you need to ask: How old are your kids?  Is this their first year skiing? You mention the other sports.  Is 10-15 days realistic or an ideal projection?  You classify yourself as an intermediate/advanced.  Take my advice.  You've changed in the last 15 years.  Your body, health, risk tolerance , skiing style, etc......


I used to work in a shop and based on my experiences go to a local store and ask if they have a lease package.  The best advice is to skip Play-it-again, and go that local shop and get a new pair of boots fitted to your foot.  It is the single most important piece of equipment you will own.  It's that simple.  You can always get skis.  Skis are the easy part.  But you need a good boot with a $20 superfeet footbed.  Based on what you wrote above about being an experienced skier you should know that.  


Let the professionals talk to you, examine your foot and discuss your ski style.  Again being an experienced skier you should already know to do this.      

post #3 of 4

Welcome to EpicSki!  I also got back into skiing because my daughter turned out to like it.  That was eight years ago.  Have learned a lot about current equipment in the last few years.


It's not that shorter is better with shaped skis exactly.  But they are designed to turn a lot easier, as well as the added width mean that length is not needed for stability.  It's well worth spending a day on demo skis to see the difference.  Even regular rental skis would help you understand better why switching is well worth it.  Most likely a current ski would be 10-20cm less than your straight skis.


When I started skiing with my daughter I used my 1990's rear-entry boots and got basic skis from eBay.  That gave me a season to figure out how much we were likely to ski going forward.  Took advantage of a local free demo day in the early season the next winter.  Based on that I found something worth buying in late season.  What I learned was that changing to new 4-buckle boots was not only more comfortable, but also made skiing easier because they fit better.  Bought a pair of "new old stock" during an early season sale from a shop with a boot fitter.  I think they were about $300, not $600+ for current model year.

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Welcome to Epic,


Read this thread.




But based on what you said, you will have fun on higher end skis even at slower speeds (not suggesting race level) . The switch from 205's will require a little change in technique, took me about 16 hours of honest focus ski time to make the transfer, or take a quick lesson or two with an instructor that specializes in switching of possible.  Expect that you will move you a level by the switch once you adapt as you currently have a bigger skill set because of the old skis.


Similar ht and wt.  SL skis 155-165, GS type skis 175-185, the rest I don't know the answer too.


Boots well, I'll risk suggesting something in the 100 to 120 stiffness range for a comparable feel (I'm in 130's but I like them stiff), but I'll leave specifics to members that are more knowledgeable than myself.


Good luck and enjoy, once you get the right stuff and adapted, you feel like your 17 and pro with the new equipment....it is that much of a difference.



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