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I really have no idea what gear to buy. I want my new skis to feel as close to my snowboard as possible. I'm switching because my wife started skiing this yr and my son will begin next yr. So I really want to give skiing a shot. who knows I may like it better than snowboarding (which is my favorite thing in life). I'll need boots, bindings, skis, and poles?. I'm 5'10" 175lbs never been in skis a day in my life. can ride almost anywhere I want on my snowboard. super icy moguls on really steep terrain is very difficult.
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I was in your shoes 2 years ago, I got back into skiing because I wanted my kids to start as early as possible and I couldn't find any snowboards for 2 year olds. I first bought a cheap pair of skis and boots from CL to figure out of I could still ski and just to stay with my duaghter on the chair lift for a year or two until she could load and unload herself. After using them for a year, and taking a skiing lesson I got a little better on the skis and relaized that if my kids will be skiing, I should get better equipment and ski more with them. Just by chance we were at the mountain and it was a demo day from one of the local shops, so I got to try out many different types of skis and I ended up liking the Atomic Access the best.

I don't have my note card on my from that day but I tried Rossinglow, Blizzard, Dynastar and a few other skis and liked the access the best. I'm 5'10" athletic 215 and I tried the 181 and 171 sizes. I skied a few runs by myself and with my daughter and I went with the 171. I know that in a deep powder day I'm going to need longer skis but for me right now they have enough float in skied out powder but were still easy to maneuver right next to or right behind my daughter along cat tracks and traverses where she needs a little push to get going if and when she stalls out. I also have a 3yo and a 3 month old that I'll be skiing next to for the next several years to I decided to get more commited to skiing.

Anyway, I like the way the fatter twin tipish feel underfoot, I was really suprised that they carve similar to a snowboard due to the sidecut and they almost feel like two small skinny snowboards under my feet. I did take a few private lessons with instructors since my daughter will soon be faster than me on skis and I've learned a ton from them about skiing but I was surprised how much is similar to snowboarding with the newer "shape" skis and how quickly I've been able to improve my stability comfort level on these skis.

If you want to commit and go full bore, then I would try to find a demo day, ask the reps about the functional designs of the skis, what they are made for, what you expect to use them for and then they will line you up with a few to try. I also went to a shop here with a good boot fitter and got into a proper fitting pair of boots. If you want to try it out without getting too committed I would go to a shop and maybe get some seasonal rentals, get some lessons and see if you want to commit the time and money to find the right pair of skis and boots. Good luck, I think you'll find skiing newer equipment is just as much fun as snowboarding.
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thank you that's very helpful. I would like to also say all I want to ride in steep pow. I could really care less about riding groomers although I realize I'll have to for awhile while teaching my son. although I haven't decided wether to put
him in ski school or not.
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I really have no idea what gear to buy. I want my new skis to feel as close to my snowboard as possible. I'm switching because my wife started skiing this yr and my son will begin next yr. So I really want to give skiing a shot. who knows I may like it better than snowboarding (which is my favorite thing in life). I'll need boots, bindings, skis, and poles?. I'm 5'10" 175lbs never been in skis a day in my life. can ride almost anywhere I want on my snowboard. super icy moguls on really steep terrain is very difficult.

 

 

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thank you that's very helpful. I would like to also say all I want to ride in steep pow. I could really care less about riding groomers although I realize I'll have to for awhile while teaching my son. although I haven't decided wether to put
him in ski school or not.

Welcome to EpicSki!  Sometimes for ski recommendations it helps to know where most of the skiing is going to happen, in terms of what region.  Also where you are likely to shop.  Check out the EpicSki Articles about buying gear for the first time.

 

How old is your son?  In general, most kids do best if they get a solid start with an instructor.  Some kids really enjoy being in a group setting.  I started my daughter at age 4 more or less alternating days of ski school with free skiing with me at a small place with a very good ski school.  A few seasons later, after 5-10 days each winter, she was more than ready for blues at Alta.

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thank you seems like a cool place. I will be skiing in wa. I have a season pass at stevens. my son will be almost 3 next yr. my niece goes to a awesome school but it's only once a week and doesn't start till mid jan. my wife will be taking a few private lessons from one of their instructors. I will just learn from this sight and YouTube. it's how I learned to snowboard. will it help at all that I'm used to being on the snow?
post #6 of 10
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I'll prob shop at ski town in lynnwood. seems line the only place dedicated to skiing in my area.
post #7 of 10
It will be helpful that you are used to the snow and, IMO, with modern fat skis, it will be a much easier transition. I would still recommend at least 1 lesson to get the most out of your skis, in addition to the great information from this site.

With both of my kids I had them putting on skis and walking around the house on the carpet at age 2. It helps them get used to the akward feeling of the boots and skis. When the snow falls in the backyard I also take them out and pull them around in the snow, just to get them familiar with the feeling and slipperyness (technical term) of the snow. Lastly I also took them up to the ski learning area at the Mt Spokane, they don't charge kids or adults for just walking up the small coasting hill at the beginers area and getting them used to the process. When we are done playing in the snow I took them inside for hot chocolate and they remember that and always ask me when we are doing it again. I did get a few days on the chairlift with them too at age 2 and basically held them between my skis and got them used to the chair and gliding down the hill.

My oldest just turned 5 and she did the mini-mites program last year when she was 4 and she had a positive feeling about skiing and wanted to be in that class. She did great and now can load and unload a chairlift by herself and ski all the blues at Mt Spokane. She's going into the next level of lessons this year, the mighty-mites. She just started parallel skiing at the end of last year so I hope she continues progressing.

Long story to tell you that you don't have to wait long to get your kids into skiing, but when I'm at the hill with my kids and wife I only get 1-2 challenging runs by myself at the end of the day, when they are sipping on hot chocolate. I've gotten to know Mt Spokane pretty well and there are a few powder stashes but I'm thinking long game here where my kids will be able to keep up and pass me before too long and I'll get to ski as much terrain as I want, but that's about 3-5 years down the road. My point is that it's great to get huge powder skis now but if your going to ski with your kids as they grow up you won't get much use out of them, I would be thinking a little more maneuverability vs float, but that's just my $.02, talk to the shop and try to demo some skis and see how you feel about 180-190ish skis vs 170ish skis, give everything a chance and make a well informed decision.
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I think @ecimmortal started on a snowboard.  He is somewhere in the PacNW.

 

Many ski schools don't start until 3 or 4.  There are a few threads in Family Skiing about getting little ones started.

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It will be helpful that you are used to the snow and, IMO, with modern fat skis, it will be a much easier transition. I would still recommend at least 1 lesson to get the most out of your skis, in addition to the great information from this site.

With both of my kids I had them putting on skis and walking around the house on the carpet at age 2. It helps them get used to the akward feeling of the boots and skis. When the snow falls in the backyard I also take them out and pull them around in the snow, just to get them familiar with the feeling and slipperyness (technical term) of the snow. Lastly I also took them up to the ski learning area at the Mt Spokane, they don't charge kids or adults for just walking up the small coasting hill at the beginers area and getting them used to the process. When we are done playing in the snow I took them inside for hot chocolate and they remember that and always ask me when we are doing it again. I did get a few days on the chairlift with them too at age 2 and basically held them between my skis and got them used to the chair and gliding down the hill.

My oldest just turned 5 and she did the mini-mites program last year when she was 4 and she had a positive feeling about skiing and wanted to be in that class. She did great and now can load and unload a chairlift by herself and ski all the blues at Mt Spokane. She's going into the next level of lessons this year, the mighty-mites. She just started parallel skiing at the end of last year so I hope she continues progressing.

Long story to tell you that you don't have to wait long to get your kids into skiing, but when I'm at the hill with my kids and wife I only get 1-2 challenging runs by myself at the end of the day, when they are sipping on hot chocolate. I've gotten to know Mt Spokane pretty well and there are a few powder stashes but I'm thinking long game here where my kids will be able to keep up and pass me before too long and I'll get to ski as much terrain as I want, but that's about 3-5 years down the road. My point is that it's great to get huge powder skis now but if your going to ski with your kids as they grow up you won't get much use out of them, I would be thinking a little more maneuverability vs float, but that's just my $.02, talk to the shop and try to demo some skis and see how you feel about 180-190ish skis vs 170ish skis, give everything a chance and make a well informed decision.

maybe that's why my sister put her daughter in ski school. so she could ski herself lol
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maybe that's why my sister put her daughter in ski school. so she could ski herself lol

The other advantage is that you can learn stuff from talking with the instructors teaching your kid.  I was an older mom returning to skiing after not skiing for quite a while.  Paid close attention to the drills that were done as games with the kids.  Doing them with my kid later on was good for her, and good for me. :)

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