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First pair of skis

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So I recently got into skiing last season. I rented all my gear last season and I decided to buy my gear this season.  I've been eyeing the Rossignol Experience 78.  Is this a good pair for an advanced beginner?  Also what bindings will work for this ski?  I've been looking at the Axium 110 XL.  Are these good bindings for that ski.  Thanks, looking forward to your responses!


I'm 5'11", 164LB, and Male.

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That should work, make sure you don't spend to much money for them. I say that because demnping on how often you ski and take lessons and improve you may not want them in a couple seasons.

Lets talk boots, that's what you should focus on. Boot are the most important part. Do you know of a great boot fitter?

Where do you live and ski, may be one of us can tell you who to go to.

May be look for last years skis and bindings, spend the money on good boots that fit your feet.

At your level $300-400 should get you into great boots.
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Thanks for the quick response!  I live in Albuquerque, NM and I ski in Taos and Angel Fire.  There are two ski shops here in burque, REI and Sport Systems (link below).  I was planning on going to try on some boots this week and then order them online.  What should I look for when trying on boots?  Also what flex do you think I should get?

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Hey Dr. Hockey!


For your first set of skis, the Rossignol Experience 78's would be a decent choice. They've got a bit of early rise to make initiating turns easier, and use a wood core with cap construction to keep a soft but stable flex. All in all, a solid choice. The one thing to point out is that starting on a 78mm waist might be a bit tricky. All things considered, 78mm isn't too wide, but there are a couple of other options available that are a bit narrower that could make the learning curve a little less steep.


First, there's the Rossignol Experience 74. Obviously these are going to be extremely similar to the 78's just a touch narrower to make turning a bit easier. You still get the wood core, early rise tip, and cap construction. These would be the best choice if you're looking to save some money, and make turning a little bit easier.


The other ski I'd like to mention is the Rossignol Avenger 72. This skis is similar to the other two Rossi's mentioned, but the big difference is that it's a full cambered ski, and doesn't have tip rocker. It's also 2mm narrower. I'm throwing this ski in the mix because it'd be a great choice if you see yourself developing as more of a frontside carver skier as opposed to a more freeride/off-piste skier. The slightly narrower waist and full camber profile will help you learn how to lay into a carve a little bit easier than the other two.


As for boots, Max Capacity is right about the value of a good boot fitter, but I'm not so sure that you need that yet. In all honesty, a lot of beginner level boots are similar in their flex, features, and durability. Going to a boot fitter with beginner boots may be a bit unnecessary, especially if you plan to develop your skills over the next few years. In my opinion, a trip to a boot fitter could wait a couple of seasons. With that said, if you find yourself having specific issues when you try on ski boots, then it might be a worth a trip after all. There certainly are some people who have very difficult feet to fit.


One last thing I want to mention- We happen to have the Experience 78, Experience 74, and Avenger 72 all available as complete packages including skis, bindings, boots, and poles over on our website!


Anyways, hope this helps!

Matt @

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I just went through what you are dealing with a few years ago.  All instructors, people on here, every other forum, say the same thing:  Get boots first, and buy your boots from a local boot-fitter.  My boot-fitter told me flex is only semi-important but the fit is paramount.  I had to have my boots adjusted a few times as they were super painful to ski with out of the box, but my wife and her funky feet... the boot-fitter had to bump, shave, trim, lift, to get hers right.  I think you spend time/money now for the best boot for your foot - at least that is what my wife and I did - it was not cheap!!!

As far as skis, I have never skied them, but the Rossignol Experience 76 get a ton of accolades.  For my first year of skiing we bought a season rental pass, and then rented some higher end demo skis at the end of the season before purchasing.

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