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I havent' skiied in 20years and was wondering if my boots from 20 years ago will work with new skis and bindings of today. I don't want to buy boots if I don't have to? 


Also what type of ski/binds would people recommend for intermediate/advanced skiier that would want to make small or long turns



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Your biggest problem will be that plastic that old could actually break while you are skiing. My husband had it happen and a guest of ours had it happen. Both times was an infrequent skier using rear entry boots. Both had been mostly just stored indoors. My husband was taken off the hill on a sled. Get new boots.
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/\/\/\/\/\ What she said.  Same thing happened to a friends son a few years back.  Sole of the boot came off the boot and stayed in the ski.  Fortunately no one was hurt, but since the sole of the boot stayed in the ski, the brake didn't deploy and kept going down hill at speed.  It could have ended much worse.


All boots, old and new are subjected to temperature cycling; hot, cold, hot, cold etc.  This stresses them.  Today's plastics can be stronger and more durable, but they still get stressed.  If the boots are 20 years old, with all that is available to you now, you owe it to yourself to get a newer, better, safer pair.


Skis and bindings are available in abundance and since you are getting back into it, before buying anything, you might want to take a refresher lesson and get used to the new gear.  It's a little different.

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Welcome to Epic.  In addition to what they said, it is also possible that your old boots don't confirm to the current standards and won't even work with current bindings.  I agree about taking a few lessons before buying.  It might not be a bad idea to get a season rental so you can get used to current equipment, then you will have a better idea what you like by the time the end of season sales begin.  Also, take advantage of any demo days at your area to try different skis.


As for boots, do yourself a big favor and buy them from someone who knows how to fit boots.  Read this article, http://www.epicski.com/a/ski-boots-the-most-important-piece-of-gear-you-will-own first, then head over t he "Ask the Boot Guys" forum and read the wikis about fitting and terminology.  Check the "Who's Who" for a fitter near you.  If there isn't a fitter listed in your area, ask and someone will be able to recommend someone.

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