Originally Posted by Hitman
Wow. Lots of good advice to take to heart.
We are actually flying to Denver in December. But I think we're getting the Intrawest pass instead of the full Snowshoe season pass where we can ski 6 days at any Intrawest resort.
So might I wait until I get to Denver or the way up to Snowshoe to look at boots? I'll also be in Las Vegas on business in September, I wonder if there's a place there?
Originally I was thinking of buying online, but I guess that's a bad idea for boots. What about skis?
And kind of off topic...how many pairs of wool socks should I wear with the boots? I've usually worn a liner and wool sock over that because that's what I'm used to when hiking the Appalachian trail.
You only need 1 pair of socks. The better your boots fit, the thinner the sock you need.
When you get your boots fitted, 99% the shop will also have ski-socks for sale right there. You might as well just let them sell you a pair of socks to go with your boots.
If you want to go shop yourself, Smartwool PhD ski socks are easy to find all over, there are also other popular brands. Smartwool is pretty affordable when bought at SierraTradingPost; (where you can also pick out any other gear you are missing).
If this is your first pair of boots that are not custom fitted and just off the rack; or they are rental boots; you should go with a "medium" thickness sock. Those that have spent the time and effort getting their boots good well fitted go for at least a light or ultralight thickness socks or even barefoot.
Yes true wool ski socks are a bit pricey compared to 12pair for $5 costco tube socks; but your feet will thank you by not crapping out with blisters on your 2nd day wasting the $100 lift ticket as you quit by lunchtime.
Also remember that true wool socks don't smell as much, and don't get as gross as cotton. You can get by on a trip with just 2 pairs just rotating and letting them air out (or handwashing them as needed in the sink).
Skis you can buy online, as they do not need to be "fitted" to your body like cinderella. But you do not necessarily save money by buying online. Ski shops know about the internet and if it's a competitive shop, they will offer fair competitive prices to you. I suggest for your 1st pair of skis, just buy everything from 1 place that can help service you and get the whole package setup for you.
Your first pair of skis are not really important until you improve in skills, so don't get too attached to them.
Edited by raytseng - 8/8/14 at 9:09pm