Hey all, first off this is my first post although I have been browsing for a while but I apologize if there is an answer for my question somewhere and I have missed it. I have read many posts about what to look for when buying used skis that have to do with condition and whether the bindings are indemnified or not but as always any bits of information you can give me would be appreciated. The question I have at the moment would be when buying used skis with mounted binding what do I need to know to ensure that the bindings will fit my boots without having to remount the bindings? Is there a specific measurement I need to ask the seller for other than just asking what size boot the binding was originally mounted for? For example if my boot is a mondo size 28.0 do I need to find a ski that has mounted bindings for a size 28 boot? Or will one that has been sized for a size 29 or 27 work without having to re-drill holes to remount? All this being said, would it be a better choice to buy the skis and binding separate or at least not mounted and have a shop mount them? Thanks in advance for your responses. Also I would be looking for a decent upgrade from rental skis without breaking the bank so a decent pair of used skis would be great for me. If anyone has a recommendation for a model/brand to consider or even to avoid that info would be great too.
A little info about myself that may be useful:
Ability: I have been skiing for the past 5 years or so, several times each winter and have been progressing quickly, that being said I would consider myself a beginner to lower intermediate skier
Location: I am located in the Midwest, middle of Indiana actually so skiing is not that available here. I usually go up to Michigan in the winters and hope to make it out west possibly next season. That being said we don't have readily available access to the local ski shops so the internet is where most of my info comes from since I can't go ask the guy at the local shop down the street. All of my skiing is done on groomers.