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Need Ski & Boot buying help [southeast, GA]

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I am looking to buy a ski/boot combo to avoid the hassle of renting.  I have been skiing for about 2 years, 6'1", 210lbs, 24 years old, somewhere between an intermediate and advanced intermediate skier.  I do live in the south so I ski on machine made snow a lot, but I do try to take a trip out west about once a year to ski on the powder (just got back from Jackson Hole!).  Anyway, despite being a decent skier, I know absolutely nothing technical about skis or boots.  I don't even know where to start.   I need your help!  Thanks in advance!

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Start with boots. Unfortunately, I would suggest that you hold off on them until your trip to Jackson, where you can definitely find a GOOD boot fitter with the help of this forum. Buy them day one, ski on them for the trip while you have access to the boot fitter, and get them dialed in. Worry about skis later.
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I am looking to buy a ski/boot combo to avoid the hassle of renting.  I have been skiing for about 2 years, 6'1", 210lbs, 24 years old, somewhere between an intermediate and advanced intermediate skier.  I do live in the south so I ski on machine made snow a lot, but I do try to take a trip out west about once a year to ski on the powder (just got back from Jackson Hole!).  Anyway, despite being a decent skier, I know absolutely nothing technical about skis or boots.  I don't even know where to start.   I need your help!  Thanks in advance!

Welcome to EpicSki!  Where in the south?  I'm in Raleigh, NC.  Headed out to JH soon.

 

There are a few good boot fitters in the southeast, meaning SC, NC, VA.  When you get good boots, you will wonder why you waited so long.  Late season sales will start right after Pres. Day weekend.

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Start with boots. Unfortunately, I would suggest that you hold off on them until your trip to Jackson, where you can definitely find a GOOD boot fitter with the help of this forum. Buy them day one, ski on them for the trip while you have access to the boot fitter, and get them dialed in. Worry about skis later.

Thanks!  I'm actually already back from my trip to Jackson Hole.

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Welcome to EpicSki!  Where in the south?  I'm in Raleigh, NC.  Headed out to JH soon.

 

There are a few good boot fitters in the southeast, meaning SC, NC, VA.  When you get good boots, you will wonder why you waited so long.  Late season sales will start right after Pres. Day weekend.

Thanks!  I live in Georgia.  I'm actually going to ski a few days at Cataloochee in about a month.

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Welcome to EpicSki!  Where in the south?  I'm in Raleigh, NC.  Headed out to JH soon.

 

There are a few good boot fitters in the southeast, meaning SC, NC, VA.  When you get good boots, you will wonder why you waited so long.  Late season sales will start right after Pres. Day weekend.

Thanks!  I live in Georgia.  I'm actually going to ski a few days at Cataloochee in about a month.

Would you have time to go to Asheville?  Ski Country has a decent boot fitter.  They often have "new old stock" from previous seasons.  I got my first 4-buckle boots from the Banner Elk store during early season sales several years ago replace old rear-entry boots.

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Another GA resident here...  though I'm a transplant having grown up skiing.  Just want to second the sentiment of skip the skis and focus on boots first.  If you can stand to be different, the best boots I've owned, by a very wide margin, are Daleboot.  They are NOT fashionable, the easiest boots to get into/out of (including rear-entry boots), and even top notch boot fitters haven't been able to fit me as well as these things fit.  Oh, and hey, they're based out of SLC so you can plan next years trip to stop by there first for a fitting (takes 60~90 minutes), then run up the canyon to your choice of top flight slopes.  If you need adjustments (I didn't, my dad didn't, I don't know anyone who has actually), it's an easy stop for a few minutes t have the changes made and then up the slopes.

 

At the end of your trip, swing back by and they'll ship them home for you which will Also save you from paying sales tax (or needing to figure out how to pack before you have the boots).

 

My wife has Nordica boots that were fit by Boot Doctors in Telluride and she's had nothing but fit issues.  The boots are really hard for her to get on and off, pinch and cause hot spots that they don't even Try to resolve anymore (short warranty period vs the lifetime fit guarantee of Daleboot).  Add insult to injury?  Sure, the boots were TWICE the price of the Daleboot.

 

I'm skiing black diamond runs in mine (they're on the easier side of the blacks I've skied), and being a 6'4"/250lb individual I can start to feel their limits in the thick crud on those runs.

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Get the right boots first. Take a day and go see Mike at Southern Ski in Columbia, SC. You can thank me later.
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