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Getting back into Skiing- ski and maybe boot advice

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41 Year old Male.   6'0.   185lbs.   I was a skier from Age 10-22 (I was advanced intermediate).   Then switched to 90%+ snowboarding since (advanced levels).    


I am looking to get back into a skiing a bit more- will end up probably being 50/50 between skiing/boarding. 


Today I have about an 8 year old set of Fischer RC4 skis in 160 that I used while helping my daughters learn to ski.   While these skis are a bit fun they are way too narrow and short I think for a one ski quiver.  Also have some cheap pair of boots that I also bought 8 years ago.   


Although I live in upstate NY the majority of my time on the snow is in Utah and Colorado- will get in 15-20 days in West and about 5 days on East coast.


My plan is to mainly ski on days when out with the kids.  Blues and some blacks, some bumps, hard/icy days (boarding on ice is awful), 


Last year I rented some Volkl RTM84s and they felt great.  I also tried the Rossi Experience 88 or 98- also a very nice ski.   


Based on some quick forums reading it looks the the Bonfire is getting a decent amount of love.   My hope is to build up a list of about 3 skis to try and pick one out this year.    any suggestions would be appreciated. 


I also plan on picking up a new set of boots.   Need something real comfortable.    I would appreciate suggestions, but fully understand that this is very user specific. 


Appreciate any feedback.

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Find a good boot fitter in your area, the boot's need to be matched to your feet. All boots are not a like. My new Langes at the RX with a 120 flex, there are two screws in the back that you can remove to soften the flex, one for 6% and one for 12% less flex. The boots fit great.

Get to a great boot fitter.

If you liked the RTM, try the Kendo. I love mine. Great edge hold, very light weight and ski anything, for powder day's I have the Gotama.

Even the new Kendos with slight rocker tip, have less tip movement then the other skis out there.
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To expand on what Max said, forget skis, get boots first.  Boots are what control the skis.  At the top of the page, there is a a blue line across your screen with several words in it, one being "Articles".  Click on that and read the article about why boots are the most important piece of gear for skiing.  Then go to the "Ask the Boot Guys" forum and read the wikis about terminology and fitting.  Then check the "Who's Who" to see if there is a fitter near where you live or where you normally ski.  If there isn't tell us where you live and, most likely, someone will be able to recommend a good fitter.  If you go to a big box store like Sports Authority for boots, someone will ask for your shoe size, disappear into the back and return with a box or two and tell you to try them on and see how they "feel."  Don't bother going to those places because you'll end up with boots that are 1-2 sizes too big.  Trust me, been there and done it numerous times, and my skiing never improved until I got boots that actually fit.

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Great feedback on the boots. I will absolutely take your advice. I live in Rochester ny. Don't see anyone on the list recommended but will look around. I will be in Breckenridge in two weeks so may try to get boots while there.

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Good info there mtcyclist. But there are a lot of names left off the lists.

OP. you should post a thread in the boot forum asking for a great boot fitter around your home town or area., I would think up around Whiteface there should be a great boot fitter.

In Ludlow VT, Shon and Geek at Shon's shop The Boot Pro both learned from Greg Hoffman. Shon has done my boots since about 1994 and Geek just put me in the Lange RX. This is the best boot I've ever had.

There must be someone close to you. If you wait for your trip, again ask around who is the best at Beck.

Here's what should happen, wear old shoes when you walk into the shop. The boot fitter will checkthe wear pattern, he'll inspect your feet, have you stand so he can check alignment, he'll watch you walk, then ask you how you ski, what you want to do with your skiing, recommend a few boots.

This process can take a couple of hours. Over the 20 years I have been going to Shon, every time we go through the same process. This is not something to take lightly. Boots are that IMPORTANT.

This was my first time with Geek, I was not sure I wanted him, he understood, he told me his back ground and why Shon hired him to be a boot fitting trainer at his shop, Geek has spent 10 years working for Hoffman. Once I heard that, I was fine.

Oh do you have custom foot beds, also VERY important.
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Elicotville NY, AKA Holiday Valley, offers The City Garage ask for Tim, and Mud Sweat and Gears as two very good shops in this region.


These guys are from your area.


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Originally Posted by Max Capacity View Post

there are a lot of names left off the lists.

The "Who's Who" is only those boot fitters that sometimes/often post on Epic, not meant to be exhaustive at all.


mdevine:  Since you're going to be in Breckenridge in a couple of weeks, wait until you get there to get boots.  That way if any tweaking needs to be done you can get it fixed and tested right there.

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When I read the list and the forum, I understood that. I believe there used to be a longer list years ago.

You are correct, if the OP is going to be there for a week that should be time for a couple adjustments if needed. These new Lange's were a great fit with my foot beds out of the box, just the normal cuff alignment and add the Booster Straps and go.
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