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Purchase in Park City or VA? [first boots]

post #1 of 16
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Hey guys - new to the site but have spent a the last few days browsing threads and learning quite a bit.

Next month I'm headed out to Park City for a week and interested in investing in my own gear. I'd consider myself to be an advanced skier.

For years now I've just rode rentals or used my Dad's gear. I live in Richmond VA but do all my skiing in Park City. So my question is - should I wait to purchase until I get out west or is it worth looking at a ski store in Richmond (Peter Glenn Ski)?

I assume I'll want an instore experience primarily to buy my boots but could I get skis online ahead of time?

Thanks in advance for any help.
post #2 of 16
I would say support your local ski shop first, but you said you do ALL your skiing in UT. How many days do you ski there each year or on each trip? If you do ALL your skiing in UT and you go back there every year than a ski shop in UT would be your local shop. There are some ski areas within a days drive from Richmond and if you want to visit any of them, and have an issue with your gear, it would be good to have a local shop to get warranty work and someplace to take your time getting your boots fitted.

Basically, if you ONLY ski in UT, I would get your gear there but if you also plan to ski anywhere else, I'd get my gear from a local shop.
post #3 of 16
Take a look at levelninesports they are located in SLC and then you can compare prices. They have a website and its a tax free purchase
post #4 of 16
Thread Starter 
My family owns a condo in Park City so I've done basically all of my skiing there over the years. Over the next couple years Id imagine the bulk of my skiing will continue to be there but I would like to try other places out West.

Thanks for the perspective Ewok
post #5 of 16

Where are you going to keep your ski gear?  If in VA then maybe buy in VA.  The boots in particular are useful to buy locally in case you need to get the fitting tweaked over a period of weeks. 

I have no link/relationship to this ski shop and not sure if this sale is still open, but check here for some good prices online for Nordica skis.  They can help you decide which model might be most appropriate:  http://starthaus.com/outlet/nordica-blemish-ski-sale.html

I mention them because I bought a pair of blemished Nordica's from them last summer and have been happy with them this season.

I'm surprised you're not motivated to ski at least once in a while at Wintergreen or Massanutten just for a tune-up to make the most of your time in UT?  Also, do any of your friends in VA ski?

post #6 of 16
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the link JamesJ.

I've been out to Snowshoe, WV and Elk Mountain, PA. Was pretty underwhelmed.
post #7 of 16
Thread Starter 
Id keep my gear with me in VA...easy access for whatever trips might come up
post #8 of 16
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Originally Posted by CGrove View Post

Hey guys - new to the site but have spent a the last few days browsing threads and learning quite a bit.

Next month I'm headed out to Park City for a week and interested in investing in my own gear. I'd consider myself to be an advanced skier.

For years now I've just rode rentals or used my Dad's gear. I live in Richmond VA but do all my skiing in Park City. So my question is - should I wait to purchase until I get out west or is it worth looking at a ski store in Richmond (Peter Glenn Ski)?

I assume I'll want an instore experience primarily to buy my boots but could I get skis online ahead of time?

Thanks in advance for any help.

 

 

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Originally Posted by CGrove View Post

My family owns a condo in Park City so I've done basically all of my skiing there over the years. Over the next couple years Id imagine the bulk of my skiing will continue to be there but I would like to try other places out West.

Thanks for the perspective Ewok

 

 

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Originally Posted by CGrove View Post

Id keep my gear with me in VA...easy access for whatever trips might come up

Welcome to EpicSki!

 

There are good boot fitters in Charlottesville or DC.  Have never heard anyone mention Peter Glenn in Richmond.  Not much advantage of getting boots before the next Park City trip if you aren't going to use them.  Definitely good boot fitters in Park City.  Do a directed Googler search for something like "park city bootfitter: epicski" to find related threads.

 

Have you ever considered a free demo day?  Freestyle of Charlottesville will have a demo tent at Wintergreen on Pres. Day weekend.  Best way to find out which skis you might like the best.

post #9 of 16
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Originally Posted by CGrove View Post

Thanks for the link JamesJ.

I've been out to Snowshoe, WV and Elk Mountain, PA. Was pretty underwhelmed.

Skiing in the Mid-Atlantic is not going to be anything out west.  However, getting days on snow before going to Park City means that you won't be spending the first day getting back to where you were a year ago.  That's one reason I ski at  Massanutten.

post #10 of 16
Get the gear in PC. Get it at one of the shops at the mountain. Get the boots first. I'd go Surefoot. Then do ski demos. Use this site to pick some skis to try. Contact the shops to see who has the demos for you. That you should do in advance. Try all the shops as some will have demos of one brand not another. Set up demo appointments.

Then you can pick the ski you like. And any tweaks on the boots can be done during the week.

By end off the week you will have you gear dialed in.

No substitute for skiing in the gear and getting it right.
post #11 of 16
According to one of the ski mags last year, one of the top boot fitters in the US is in Park City, Brent Amsbury. He's done work for me and also others on here. He is really good. Call and make an appointment for when you first get there. Here's the link, http://parkcityskiboot.com/index.html
Edited by mtcyclist - 1/23/14 at 10:04am
post #12 of 16
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all the input guys - Eagles I think that's a great idea. I'll be able to feel out my gear in the conditions I'll primarily ski in.

Any good resources to learn about gear? I'm solid when it comes to skiing... Not as much about the gear
post #13 of 16
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Originally Posted by CGrove View Post

Thanks for all the input guys - Eagles I think that's a great idea. I'll be able to feel out my gear in the conditions I'll primarily ski in.

Any good resources to learn about gear? I'm solid when it comes to skiing... Not as much about the gear

 

Start a thread on EpicSki, your level of skiing, age, wt etc and what you've been skiing in even if rentals. What kind of skiing you do and ask folks to recommend some skis for you to try.  I'm 5'7, 160 and demoed K2 Rictors in PC and loved them. I read around on the ski reviews on the ski magazines, and ski forums etc. to narrow down some choices that seemed to fit my skiing.

 

Then email the stores and ask about demoing in your size.

 

Jans, Coles and others have shops right on the mountain.  They can get demo skis from their PC and SLC stores if they have some advance notice.

 

Surefoot is on the mountain.  $1200 for the works, boots, custom beds, heaters, foamed liners but boots will be comfy and last for years.  If you have normal sized feet, most of the mountain shops can probably do a decent job fitting though I'd go for a custom boot shop like Surefoot.

 

Here's a bunch of local PC shops.

 

http://www.visitparkcity.com/things-to-do/sports-equipment-rental-retail/

post #14 of 16

Buy your boots in SLC so you can get them fitted close to your skiing. Nonsense to buy in VA and then have to pay for for fitting in SLC. By the time you get back to VA you'll forget where it hurt.

 

Forget surefoot too - do a search on surefoot here and you'll quickly see why. One of the best bootfitters in SLC is Sports Loft. Yes, you WILL pay, but you'll also get a real bootfitting experience from someone who knows what they're doing.

post #15 of 16
I was thinking that if CGrove had a few weeks before his trip to PC, he could take the time and a few day trips to local ski areas getting his gear dialed and fitted properly in VA so he didn't have to waste any valuable time off the snow in PC. I guess it's up to him and his timetable. If it were me I would want to show up with my gear ready to go when I got off the plane. Just my $.02.
post #16 of 16
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Originally Posted by Ewok View Post

I was thinking that if CGrove had a few weeks before his trip to PC, he could take the time and a few day trips to local ski areas getting his gear dialed and fitted properly in VA so he didn't have to waste any valuable time off the snow in PC. I guess it's up to him and his timetable. If it were me I would want to show up with my gear ready to go when I got off the plane.

Arrive, check in, go to Surefoot, get boots. Ski them the next morning with your first set of demo skis.

Ski the day, drop off at Surefoot for any boot tweaks.

Pick up boots and next set of demo skis. Ski them.

Repeat.

No lost time. Nice part about on the mountain boot shop (Surefoot, BootWorks, etc) is you can drop off for any modifications and pick up the next morning.
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