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Where to go for boots and bindings? [in KS, intermediate who skis in CO]

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I'm an intermediate skier and ski a few outings a year in CO. I live in Hays KS equidistant from Kansas City and Denver. I have been wanting to get my own gear for some time particularly boots. I just recently bought a pair of K2 Iron Maiden skis. Not gonna lie that they may not be the perfect ski for me but they have Iron Maiden on them and finally pulled the trigger when they were 60% off. I really am ignorant regarding gear and having my own gear is new to me.

My question is this, where should I go for boots and bindings? I'm not an aggressive skier, mostly blues with my kids. Not interested in latest or top-of-the-line gear but willing to spend money when it's worth it. Who do I trust putting me in the right ski boots and proper bindings and placement of bindings on my new skis. Am I OK walking in to a chain like REI, Christy''s, or Colorado Ski and Golf given that I'm not trying to make olympic team and anything's gonna be better than rental boots? Am I better served going to the boot gurus you see when you google "Where to go for boot fitting" given that I don't wanna make poor choices trying to save a buck? Anybody with experience with any of the ski shops in Kansas City? Any recs would be appreciated by this gear novice.
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I'm an intermediate skier and ski a few outings a year in CO. I live in Hays KS equidistant from Kansas City and Denver. I have been wanting to get my own gear for some time particularly boots. I just recently bought a pair of K2 Iron Maiden skis. Not gonna lie that they may not be the perfect ski for me but they have Iron Maiden on them and finally pulled the trigger when they were 60% off. I really am ignorant regarding gear and having my own gear is new to me.

My question is this, where should I go for boots and bindings? I'm not an aggressive skier, mostly blues with my kids. Not interested in latest or top-of-the-line gear but willing to spend money when it's worth it. Who do I trust putting me in the right ski boots and proper bindings and placement of bindings on my new skis. Am I OK walking in to a chain like REI, Christy''s, or Colorado Ski and Golf given that I'm not trying to make olympic team and anything's gonna be better than rental boots? Am I better served going to the boot gurus you see when you google "Where to go for boot fitting" given that I don't wanna make poor choices trying to save a buck? Anybody with experience with any of the ski shops in Kansas City? Any recs would be appreciated by this gear novice.

Welcome to EpicSki!  What is your favorite ski area in Colorado?

 

As for boots, it's well worth going to a boot fitter.  Since you are here asking for advice, better to stay away from a big box store when it comes to boots.

 

Check out this recent thread by someone else who lives in KS and skis in CO.  He was asking about buying the first pair of boots too.

http://www.epicski.com/t/128399/bootfitters-first-time-getting-my-own-boots

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I like to ski in Granby. Small, very friendly, great service, smaller crowds (if go during week often no wait for lift), cheeper, good for intermediates like myself and GREAT for families as all of the runs end in the same place so no fear on letting kids head up by themselves as you know where they'll end their run. My wife (a stronger skier), and my 18yo son who snowboards, get bored their pretty quick and would like us to try Winter Park which is nearby. We may also hit Aspen this year but quite honestly me and the kids are happy at Granby, always a fun time. We also have a timeshare where we can stay right by slopes and ski in/ski out.
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I like to ski in Granby. Small, very friendly, great service, smaller crowds (if go during week often no wait for lift), cheeper, good for intermediates like myself and GREAT for families as all of the runs end in the same place so no fear on letting kids head up by themselves as you know where they'll end their run. My wife (a stronger skier), and my 18yo son who snowboards, get bored their pretty quick and would like us to try Winter Park which is nearby. We may also hit Aspen this year but quite honestly me and the kids are happy at Granby, always a fun time. We also have a timeshare where we can stay right by slopes and ski in/ski out.

There are definitely advantages to a small ski area that isn't that crowded.  Especially when you can stay in a nice place close to the slopes.  That's one reason Massanutten is my home mountain even though there are a few places a little closer to the house.

 

A friend of mine started doing an annual ski week with friends at Winter Park last winter.  They are all intermediates.  

 

Here is another recent thread about finding a good boot fitter in the Denver area.  Have seen Larry in Boulder recommended often.

http://www.epicski.com/t/121114/referrals-wanted-boot-fitters-ski-shops-near-loveland

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