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Getting back to the sport after a long layoff

post #1 of 12
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Hi everyone, I used to go skiing every season till I was 13 and took a 13 year layoff until last year when I got back on the slopes.  I fell in love with it again, and got my own boots last season. For this up coming season I want to buy my own skis and bindings.

 

  1. Where in the world are you skiing?  California (lake tahoe, Mammoth)

  2. What kinds of terrain do you prefer (groomed runs, moguls, race course, park'n'pipe, trees, steeps, backcountry/sidecountry) groomed runs

  3. How many days a year do you ski? probably 8 days a year

  4. How advanced are you as a skier? i'll guess intermediate

  5. What's your height and weight? 5'7" 155lbs

 

Any suggestions, brands to avoid, camber, widths, rocker types, etc would be greatly appreciated

 

thanks for any help I can get

post #2 of 12

What's your budget, how much money do you want to spend?   Is money a small or large concern?  

 

For example, would you be OK skiing last years used skis to save a couple hundred, or only new skis for you?

 

Off the top of my head, I'd recommend to you a ski marketted as  "allmountain" with waist between 80-90mm in waist; and made within the last 2-3years and says it has all-mountain "rocker" or tip "rocker".

 

If you're just getting back to it, you could get a pair of last years used demo skis that you just consider as a temporary ski until you increase your skills again and decide to buy a super advanced ski.

post #3 of 12
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Originally Posted by homeyjosey View Post
 

Hi everyone, I used to go skiing every season till I was 13 and took a 13 year layoff until last year when I got back on the slopes.  I fell in love with it again, and got my own boots last season. For this up coming season I want to buy my own skis and bindings.

 

This was my story too.  Congrats, but be careful.  It could result in a never ending need to ski more.

post #4 of 12
Thread Starter 

I have no problem buying clearance, last year or the year before models

 

I was looking at these, which are the price point i was looking at (less than $300)

 

but more than anything I want a ski that'll last me awhile

 

http://www.the-house.com/8955fim7pr1pas13zz-fischer-ski-packages.html

 

http://www.the-house.com/8960k2afomm113zz-k2-ski-packages.html

post #5 of 12

I think you should check out powder7.com  some good used skis here.

 

From this filter:

http://www.powder7.com/shop/&filter-id=-102-231-107-123-242&Order-By=Price-Low

 

If you need to keep it under $400 think the E83, bushwacker, or Avenger would be decent lower priced options.

 

http://www.powder7.com/Rossignol-Experience-83-Skis-168cm-Used-2013/for-sale

http://www.powder7.com/Blizzard-Bushwacker-Skis-166cm-Used-2013/for-sale

 

If you have more money, the blackeye TI, E88 kendo or rictor.  

 

Length you should shoot for 165-170 or so.

post #6 of 12

there's also this posting in the marketplace:

http://www.epicski.com/t/128598/173cm-blizzard-bonafides

 

More of an advanced ski that might get in your way of skills advancement though; but a good deal, but you might need to pay to remount the binding

post #7 of 12

Important question: do you have any ambition to leave the groomed trails or not?

post #8 of 12
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Originally Posted by JayT View Post
 

Important question: do you have any ambition to leave the groomed trails or not?

Thanks for the help so far everyone

 

probably not, unless its fresh powder

post #9 of 12
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Originally Posted by homeyjosey View Post
 

Thanks for the help so far everyone

 

probably not, unless its fresh powder

 

So.....yes?

post #10 of 12
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Originally Posted by St Bear View Post
 

 

So.....yes?

haha ya i guess its possible

post #11 of 12

If you're not that committed to it... then probably get something in the 88mm range.  If you're more likely to explore off piste, something around 98mm.  The added float will make a big difference in powder.

 

Don't spend much money - your tastes will evolve.

post #12 of 12

How about NOS  (new old stock)  skis rather than used?

$299  with free shipping

 http://www.ebay.com/itm/2011-Dynastar-Legend-Sultan-85-165cm-Mens-Ski-w-Head-LX-12-88mm-/201149847330?pt=Skiing&hash=item2ed5771722

front rocker, camber, flat tail, well built

I buy a lot of gear from them and they are a good company


Edited by Castle Dave - 8/18/14 at 5:11pm
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