Does anybody have a ski they would suggest I look for? Or any other thoughts. I'm 5' 9" and 200lbs if it helps at all
Ah, the world of ski possibilities is endless. I'd check out the ski reviews on skis.com and skinet.com (Skiing magazine). Both sites have great filter features, so you can look at only the skis that match your ability level and other parameters) and narrow it down to a list of skis you can demo. Skis.com have nice snippet video reviews.
The dirty truth is that your boot selection will be the most difficult and most important choice you make. I'll let other forum members chime in there.
Good luck and welcome to skiing!
T. -- www.wasatchreport.com
Welcome to Skiing!
You're correct about getting a good intermediate ski for now. Believe it or not, it will help with your progression so you're ready for advanced skis when the time comes.
I'm not sure if Start Haus has left in their Nordica Blem skis but they had some great intermediate skis at prices that were as good as used ski prices. @Philpug or @SierraJim will know if they have something good for you. (perhaps a Hot Rod?)
Welcome to EpicSki! What region are you skiing in?
Eastern or western PA? I usually ski in northern VA, but had a chance to checkout Whitetail, Roundtop, and Elk this winter.
For the trip out west, you are probably better off renting skis. Good chance to check out options by renting on the mountain and changing out demo skis one of the days. Do you have boots?
If you're going to Park City I would recommend using the trip to buy boots from a good bootfitter out there, then renting skis to see what you like. That will provide a good foundation for the future. There are some good bootfitters in PA but they might not be that close to you.
Here's a post that mentions places to find a boot fitter in the Philly area:
I liked Elk, but didn't ski for long. I was doing a little skiing while driving north to Lake Placid. Plus it was 4 degrees at the start and 10 degrees by lunch time.
Try doing a directed Google search with something like "park city ski rental: epicski.com"
Ideas for renting at Park City:
The "DIY" method is to do enough research to get the correct shell size than add "Intuition" liners and heat mold them yourself. Some models come with thermofit or other similar liners that you can heat up yourself if you're careful. If you have pretty normal feet that will probably be OK to get started. Also most decent shops will sell you a $300 boot and heat the liners for you. Take it from there. I've never had professionally custom fitted boots. Not in my budget either.. I wish I could afford it though..
You should be able to find a decent pair of boots in the $300 range for your level of experience. Sure, you'll grow out of them in a couple seasons but until you get proficient you probably will not notice what the more experienced members here appreciate in a higher performing boot. At your level comfort is # 1. Just make sure you don't buy a boot that is too big just to save $$. Not sure exactly where you are but in Lancaster you can try Outfitters ski shop or Era ski shop. In the Harrisburg area we have Mountainside ski shop and World Cup ski shop. All these shops do a good job matching you up with good equipment. Roundtop is my home hill so I'm familiar with the shops in the area.
You should be able to find good boots that are less than $400 for sure. A good shop should have some "new old stock" from previous seasons for you to try. My first pair of 4-buckle boots were about $250. I used the stock liner, but did get a generic footbed that added another $30 or so. Used them quite happily for 3 seasons before I had improved enough to start thinking about something else. By then I'd learned enough to know where to shop locally.