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post #1 of 9
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Guys. This is going to be my 6 season skiing. With every year getting better. I have moved from groomers greens to easy blues, I still am renting beginner skis, should I move up to something better? BTW im using Atomic size 145cm skis. ( I'm short 5'6"). Should I stay with the same skis until I get way better? How do you tell when it's time to change?
Thanks

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post #2 of 9
Seasons means nothing. How many days do you have? To some people, a season means they got out six days. To many here, however, it's ten times that.

Aside from that, the first thing to buy is boots. Boots that FIT, bought from a real boot fitter and not online.

Only then should you be worrying about buying skis. But, assuming that you've got fifty odd days in, heck yes you should be on longer skis. I'd say 20cm longer, but since we don't know where you are skiing and since a blue at one mountain can be way different than a blue at another and we've never seen you ski, it's tough to say beyond that.
post #3 of 9
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Originally Posted by Mikemay View Post

Guys. This is going to be my 6 season skiing. With every year getting better. I have moved from groomers greens to easy blues, I still am renting beginner skis, should I move up to something better? BTW im using Atomic size 145cm skis. ( I'm short 5'6"). Should I stay with the same skis until I get way better? How do you tell when it's time to change?
Thanks

Mod note: originally posted in the Beginner Zone, moved to Ski Gear

You got a lot of suggestions in your first thread a couple years ago.  What have you done since?

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/115168/beginner-needs-rental-help

 

Take a look at the Five Questions link at the homepage of Ski Gear (highlighted at top of webpage):

http://www.epicski.com/f/7/ski-gear-discussion

post #4 of 9
Thread Starter 
Guys. Thanks for the input. I. Totally forgot to go back and look at that post from a few years ago. Answered part of my question just from that. I do have my own custom fit boots and I ski about 20 days a year in SLC. When I posted that a couple a years ago I was really noobe now, I'm a little bit better. still don't ski enough to justify buying set so I stick with rentals. so would 20cm long make that much of a difference?
post #5 of 9

Suggest you click on Articles (top menu bar) and read the relevant ones in First Run.  There is one about ski length.  As a comparison, when I was an intermediate skier I used a 145 . . .  and I'm six inches shorter than you are and probably quite a bit lighter too.  Weight matters as well as height, in addition to skiing ability.

 

Do you rent on a daily basis or as a season lease?

 

Oh . . . don't assume that everyone who posts on EpicSki is male. :rolleyes 

post #6 of 9
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Originally Posted by marznc View Post
 

Suggest you click on Articles (top menu bar) and read the relevant ones in First Run.  There is one about ski length.  As a comparison, when I was an intermediate skier I used a 145 . . .  and I'm six inches shorter than you are and probably quite a bit lighter too.  Weight matters as well as height, in addition to skiing ability.

 

Do you rent on a daily basis or as a season lease?

 

Oh . . . don't assume that everyone who posts on EpicSki is male. :rolleyes  Funny!

post #7 of 9
Thread Starter 
Thanks All:D
post #8 of 9
A great ski for you now & as you improve would be the Blizzard Magnum 7.6 in the outlet at skiessentials. They come with a good integrated binding. They have 163cm in stock which is the ideal size for you. With the money you save on skis, you will be able to buy boots. They should be *almost* painfully tight when you try them on at first. Your toes should be scrunched against the front until you buckle them. After a few days skiing, the fit will be right.
post #9 of 9
Helmet, pay attention. Post #4... The OP has boots. smile.gif
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