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post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 

So I'm going to preface this with saying that I don't really know anything about skis or skiing, just that I'd like to start skiing soon. But I bought these skis which my friend said were decent skis, I don't really know, but I kind of figured they weren't since I picked them up used for $10. Is there anything you all can tell me about them? Are they like basic beginner skis? Here are some pictures:

 

http://imgur.com/RpR6fl8

http://imgur.com/uD794Bw

http://imgur.com/7d9JokL

 

There are some scratches and a few little dings, but overall they look like they're in pretty good shape, at least to me.

 

Thanks everyone!

post #2 of 11
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Originally Posted by hollon View Post
 

So I'm going to preface this with saying that I don't really know anything about skis or skiing, just that I'd like to start skiing soon. But I bought these skis which my friend said were decent skis, I don't really know, but I kind of figured they weren't since I picked them up used for $10. Is there anything you all can tell me about them? Are they like basic beginner skis? Here are some pictures:

 

http://imgur.com/RpR6fl8

http://imgur.com/uD794Bw

http://imgur.com/7d9JokL

 

There are some scratches and a few little dings, but overall they look like they're in pretty good shape, at least to me.

 

Thanks everyone!

Welcome to EpicSki!  Where were you thinking of starting out skiing?

post #3 of 11
Welcome, Once we find out where...

#1. boots are the most important part.
#2. boots are the most important part.
#3. boots...get were I'm going ?

You don't need high end boots yet. When we find where you live and plan to ski, we should be able to direct you a good shop.

After a couple of times in rental boots, I took my GF to my boot fitter. He spent 2 hours with her getting her into the right boot. She had 3 brands he had her try on. The fitting process is pretty involved. Wear old shoes, so the fitter can look at the souls, he'll inspect your feet and ankles, check your flexability, have you stand, to check alignment, talk to you about your skiing (or in your case, lack there of) smile.gif and recommend a few boots.

I gather your serious so you might as well start in a decent boot, the shop may have some leftover boots from last year at a discount. I spent $250 on the GF's boots, they were current year boots. Her Atomics have lots of adjustments and for two years now she has not had any hot spots in the boots.

You want a boot with about a 80 or 90 flex at your level.

She also wears a thin ski sock. I have started her out in Smartwool ultra thin socks. The idea is you want as thin a sock as possible so that when you move your toes and foot in a good fitting boot that movement is transfered to the ski at the same time.

When you get good and have great fitting boots, its amazing that you can think turn and the ski responds, when I have the ski up on edge in a highspeed arc, I can press down with my big toe and feel the arc of the turn tighten up.

Take some lessons and hang out on here and ask questions, We're all here to help you have fun.


Just remember, the better you get, the more fun you'll have.
post #4 of 11
Thread Starter 

I'm located in central KY so the closest place to me would be Perfect North Slopes close to Cincinnatti OH

post #5 of 11
Hey we all had to start somewhere. Looks like a nice little hill, great place to learn.

The shop at the hill would be a good starting point.

May be someone else here will have thoughts too.

If you can take a couple of lessons on a weekend or 3 day weekend. I found that when I was not that good, I saw bigger improvements as I skied more days in a row. One lesson the first two day's in the AM and practice after lunch.

For clothing, I buy a lot of my base layer stuff from www.sierratradingpost.com or www.campmor.com I wear there brands of poly pro and don't wear cotton anywhere. Cotton is a no no, it holds moisture. The poly pro and fleece transport the moisture away from your skin and that's how you stay warm.
post #6 of 11

Paging @wolfelot .  Please advise about Perfect North.

post #7 of 11
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Originally Posted by hollon View Post
 

I'm located in central KY so the closest place to me would be Perfect North Slopes close to Cincinnatti OH

Have you looked around in the Beginner Zone section?  Also check the EpicSki articles (click on Articles in the menu bar).  Lots of good info for getting started the easy way.

 

Note that beginner packages are a very good deal at most small mountains.  The lesson is usually almost free.  January is Learn-to-Ski month so some places have special deals for beginners.

post #8 of 11
Thread Starter 

So I've got another newbie question. How can I tell how long my skis are? I measured them with a tape measure from front to back and it was 188cm. I did some looking and I don't think they make skis that size. It doesn't appear to be printed anywhere on the ski either.

post #9 of 11
Normally it is printed or etched somewhere. Look around the arch area on the sidewall, a common place to find the serial number and the length. Not always. Did you actually buy those Kneissls? Seem to be a seriously old model.
post #10 of 11

Just saw the pictures, yep, those are old skis. People make chairs out those.

 

What size are your feet ?

 

What size are those boots ?

post #11 of 11

Welcome to Epic.  You might want to save the skis for a chair later, but the just dump the boots.  Before buying any gear, rent for the first few times you go and take lessons, every time you go.  If you decide you really do like skiing, don't stop taking lessons until you can make good parallel turns.  You will know after 2-3 trips if you really want to pursue skiing.  If you do get boots that actually fit you feet.  At the top of this page there is a blue line with several words spread across.  Click on "Articles" and read the one about why boots are the most important piece of gear for skiing.

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