Originally Posted by Gumercindo
I've spent the last few days checking the forum out and it's a fantastic one!
My brief story - I'm a native Floridian living in the DC area. I'm 39 YO. I first went skiing about 10 years ago in Lake Placid and took to it very well. Unfortunately, due to life, etc., I didn't ski again until late Dec-2013. Since then, I've gone skiing 3 times the past month and I'm hooked. I quickly elevated from greens to hitting all the blues at my local mountain (Liberty mountain near Gettysburg, PA). Going to try a black soon. To answer the questions on this forum...
- I consider myself a level 6
- I'm 6', 170lbs
- I have been renting 152 skiis and 30.5 boots
- have only skiied Liberty Mountain in PA
- I've been skiing 3 times the past month and will probably go another 4-5 times before the season is up. In an ideal year, I'd probably go skiing 10-12 times.
My question is as follows - at what point do I start thinking buying myself skiis/boots? I certainly don't want to break the bank and from everything I've read, I should spend the money and by myself a good pair of boots and can afford to be a little more frugal on the skiis.
Also, how much longer on the skiis should I go before I start impeding my progress as a skiier? Right now I'm at 152 and I could do consistent parallel turns on blues. Should I go longer?
Thanks in advance!
Welcome to EpicSki! A couple other places to consider for day trips from DC are Whitetail and Massanutten. Both have very good ski schools. A group lesson or two in the evening would really help you establish good habits. Those are often not very popular so it's possible to end up with a private or semi-private lesson.
There are good boot fitters in DC. Ski Center comes to mind. Sales will start immediately after Pres. Day weekend. Or you might get lucky and "new old stock" from a previous season might fit your feet.
As for length . . . umm . . . well, I ski a 154 and I'm a foot shorter than you are. Typically rental skis given to a beginner/early intermediate are too short. Easier to turn. Obviously the folks at the mountain want you to have a good time, not get frustrated. When I returned to the slopes after not skiing much at all as a working adult, I started with 136, then 146, then 154. Jumping up about 10cm is not too difficult. Wouldn't recommend much more than that when still renting.
Massanutten has a package deal for lift ticket, gear rental, and lesson for intermediates that is a great deal. The 90-min lesson is almost free. At 5:30pm, quite possible to end up with a private lesson. Especially on a Sunday. Even on a holiday weekend, few people take advantage of the intermediate lessons. For more about Mnut, check out the EpicSki guide:
I am quite a fan of Mnut. My daughter learned to ski there. As an advanced skier, I tune up for trips out west there. I have several friends who have enjoyed the layout as beginners and intermediates. The layout is very good for progression from green to blue to black (Mid-A slopes). Mnut has more vertical than places in PA, with much of that for the black slopes at the top of the mountain that are never crowded.