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Hello,

My wife and I have been on groomed slopes a couple of times in Arizona, I've not ventured past the green slopes but plan on giving the blues a go next time. We are looking at possibly buying ski's, I like to go fairly fast, but not out of control. I'm 6'1, 210lbs my wife is more conservative and is 5'7, 220lbs. Based on my research the ski's recommended for me range in 165-180cm while my wife is 150-165. I realize this can be a difficult thing to answer but do the measurements seem accurate? Is there a specific binding we should be looking for?

 

We have a limited budget so we are looking at going used for now, do you know of a good source?

 

We appreciate your input!

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I think the resounding reply you are going to get is that, if you are going to be sinking money into skiing gear, spend the money on good fitting boots first. Go to a boot fitter and get proper ski boots before you buy anything else. You can rent/demo skis and not spend much money but still get to use a good quality ski. Rental boots will never be even remotely as good as a proper ski boot. 

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Thank you for your reply, sorry I failed to mention this in my initial post but we did buy Head boots. We both tried on several pair before settling on the pair we bought.

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You may want to redo this post with the five questions (up top of the Ski Gear forum) outlined and clearly answered, and some that know more than me could probably recommend a good ski that you could pick up used. BUT from my inferences from your original post, it sounds like you are a beginner. It might be better for you to continue renting skis that match your skill level, and then as you progress in skill, you can pick up skis then. Just my 2 cents. 

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Hello,

My wife and I have been on groomed slopes a couple of times in Arizona, I've not ventured past the green slopes but plan on giving the blues a go next time. We are looking at possibly buying ski's, I like to go fairly fast, but not out of control. I'm 6'1, 210lbs my wife is more conservative and is 5'7, 220lbs. Based on my research the ski's recommended for me range in 165-180cm while my wife is 150-165. I realize this can be a difficult thing to answer but do the measurements seem accurate? Is there a specific binding we should be looking for?

 

We have a limited budget so we are looking at going used for now, do you know of a good source?

 

We appreciate your input!

If this is your first gear buying experience, the first thing you need to invest in - Boots. 

Go to a good boot fitter and get properly fitted ski boots. 

After boots, you'll find lots of great ski options

 

The length of skis you look for (for both of you) will depend on the type of ski you're planning on getting, and the intended purpose.   And...no the way manufacturers measure skis is not consistent. 

 

Your wife may like something in in the 160ish length in general.  If you can't find something used, give a peak at the Nordica Blem sale at Start Haus.  They have some good deals on some new skis at nearly used prices. 

http://starthaus.com/wordpress/2013/08/12/nordica-blemish-ski-sale-2013/

 

In the mean time, check out the Gear Swap area here on EpicSki

http://www.epicski.com/f/10/gear-swap-buy-sell-gear 

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