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New Ski Recommendation for a Returnee

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Hi all

 

I have recently come back to skiing after a 15 year hiatus of snowboarding.  So far I have been borrowing gear but am looking to pick up some gear and need some reccomendations.  

 

I would classify myself as an intermediate skier and ski primarily on PNW mountains (Whistler, etc).  I would like to get one ski and boots that can do it all.  I am 6'2, 200 lbs and was thinking about a ski in the 184 cm range but would love to hear what people would suggest.  

 

Thanks for the help.

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Welcome back to skiing.  I'm a bit surprised that you were able to return from the dark side.wink.gif  I can't emphasize enough how important it is to get boots that fit you from a skilled boot fitter before worrying too much about skis.  If your boots don't fit, usually 2-3 sizes too big, you'll have problems controlling the skis and if you demo some, high recommended BTW, you'll have a lot of trouble figuring out what you like.  So, go to the "Ask the Boot Guys" forum, read the wikis about fitting and terminology and then check the list of fitters for one near.  I know there are a couple of good places at Whistler.  One you get boots that fit, demo some skis to see what you like.  End of season sales will be starting soon so it's a good time to shopping for ski gear.

 

As for skis, when you say "do it all,: what specifically do you mean?  Are you looking for a ski that can handle everything from ice to 1m powder?  Without knowing what(trees, bumps, groomers, ice, pow) you plan to ski, it's very difficult to make ski recommendations.

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