I'd say I'm a beginning to intermediate skier, I can do blue squares comfortably but I'm a chicken and have never tried anything else. I have gone over small jumps successfully as well but its not my favorite.
Anyway, I found two listings on Craigslist in my area selling skis, boots, poles, and a bag for $225. I'm assuming these are great deals, and the boots are even in my size! I figured I'd need skis between 150-160cm, but I know little to nothing about skis, so I was hoping some of you could help me out and let me know if you think this is a good investment. I called the airlines I usually fly and they told me that skis+ a boot bag would be considered one checked bag, which is $25.
Anyway, these are the listings I found:
Voikl 154cm parabolic downhill skis with Marker Motion Bindings for medium or advanced skiers.
K2 Escape 4500 Skis, Tyrolia SP70 bindings, Poles, Wms Technica Diablo Flame boots
Also, as far as boots are concerned, should I go for a size bigger or my shoe size? I like to wear thick socks when I use the rental boots, but if my boots fit more comfortably then I'd be happy wearing normal socks as long as my feet stayed warm. Also, how much is it to take care of them? I've read about waxing and tuning and all this stuff but I have no idea how to do any of it and would probably have to take it somewhere to have it done. My friend said she's never tuned her snowboard and she's had it for 2 years and it still works perfectly.