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post #1 of 6
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I posted a thread in this section about going to a ski swap and some gear suggestions. The main one was to get my boots from a bootfitter and not the swap. I have settled on a fitter and will pick some up from my local ski shop this weekend probably. 

 

I have been doing some research on skis to get ready to get those from the ski swap and I have a few ideas of what I will be looking for, but since it will probably be busy and I am new to buying skis (but not to skiing), I don't want to pick up the wrong ski just because it's a good deal.

 

I will be skiing in Tahoe mostly, but am planning a long, big trip to JH in Dec-Jan. I ski about 20 days a season usually, but this season that will more than likely double due to the big trip. I am 24, 6' and 140 lbs/65kg and very fit. I rank myself as an 8/advanced-advancing skier. I really enjoy carving groomers at 40-50mph, like to get into the trees and moguls sometimes. Haven't spent much time in the powder, but wouldn't mind doing so either but probably nothing too deep as of yet. 

 

Since I like to ski groomers so much, I was thinking that the wider skis wouldn't be necessary for my needs and that I would have more fun on something more narrow especially since I've been skiing 15 year old skis pretty well so anything is going to be a huge improvement. Really looking for 1 ski as I live in a Studio apartment with a girlfriend and 6 bikes. Would I be making a poor decision by going with a "all mountain east" ski for skiing in the west?

 

Some skis I am looking for are:

Kastle MX88

Blizzard Bonafide or Brahma

Atomic Crimson ti

post #2 of 6
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Originally Posted by ColeofCali View Post
 

I posted a thread in this section about going to a ski swap and some gear suggestions. The main one was to get my boots from a bootfitter and not the swap. I have settled on a fitter and will pick some up from my local ski shop this weekend probably. 

 

I have been doing some research on skis to get ready to get those from the ski swap and I have a few ideas of what I will be looking for, but since it will probably be busy and I am new to buying skis (but not to skiing), I don't want to pick up the wrong ski just because it's a good deal.

 

I will be skiing in Tahoe mostly, but am planning a long, big trip to JH in Dec-Jan. I ski about 20 days a season usually, but this season that will more than likely double due to the big trip. I am 24, 6' and 140 lbs/65kg and very fit. I rank myself as an 8/advanced-advancing skier. I really enjoy carving groomers at 40-50mph, like to get into the trees and moguls sometimes. Haven't spent much time in the powder, but wouldn't mind doing so either but probably nothing too deep as of yet. 

 

Since I like to ski groomers so much, I was thinking that the wider skis wouldn't be necessary for my needs and that I would have more fun on something more narrow especially since I've been skiing 15 year old skis pretty well so anything is going to be a huge improvement. Really looking for 1 ski as I live in a Studio apartment with a girlfriend and 6 bikes. Would I be making a poor decision by going with a "all mountain east" ski for skiing in the west?

 

Some skis I am looking for are:

Kastle MX88

Blizzard Bonafide or Brahma

Atomic Crimson ti

That is your list if skis you are hoping to find at your community swap? 

post #3 of 6
Thread Starter 

I have no idea if I'll find them, but there are some great shops here and it is supposed to be the Bay Area's largest ski swap so I think there's a shot. There's a Kastle dealer on the same street so I don't think it's ridiculous. Even the Salvation Armys around the Bay have really good stuff, especially in the North Bay where people just generally have lots of disposable income. I may eat my words, but then I would be in the same position I'm in now, which is without skis and ski season closing in.

post #4 of 6

If this is your first ski purchase, good luck.  LUCK is your friend at a ski swap.

 

Leave the house knowing what length you want, the waist width you are looking for, and the turn radius.  Once you find anything near what you want, grab it and keep looking for more.  When you have all the skis that fit your desires, ask someone about+t the characteristics of each ski you're holding.  Hopefully someone there will be able to help you select from that bunch in your arms.  

 

You will be very VERY lucky to find the skis on your list at a ski swap.  People will be selling those on eBay or Craig's list.

post #5 of 6

If shops are at a swap it is more like a sale on their gear, often times no better than a spring sale. Private sellers are where the steals are but any really good gear at a great price might not even make the floor, people working the event will grab stuff and put it aside before it even gets put out. One way to get a great deal is to show up when the private sellers are dropping off gear (usually hours or a day before), watch them as they come in and hit them up if you see something you want. Cash speaks and sellers can make extra because they won't be paying consignment fees. The drawback is you have to make quick decisions and you don't get to shop around, better gear/deal may be walking in 5 minutes later. YMMV as each swap is different.

post #6 of 6

There were some solid deals. Especially tempting were the FX94s in very good shape for $395, but alas they were 166 and I need 176. There was also a pair of 191 ON3P Caylors for $290, though it looked like they need a little bit of P-Tex work. A lot of last seasons Volkls as well, though they were a bit pricier.

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