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post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 

Hi everyone.

 

First of all I am new here so please bear with me :).

 

We are a young couple (30) looking to buy new ski equipment (ski+bindings and boots).

This would be our first buy ever! We are beginners! I did ski once or twice 10 years ago and she did it like 4 years ago. But we can manage a green/blue slope :).

However we are athletic and learn very fast (actually I am pretty good on the snowboard).

 

We would like to buy something new from this year models.

My height is 185cm and her's 163cm.

 

What brand and model do you recommend us?

 

Thanks a lot!

 

PS: We live in Switzerland and sorry for my enlgish.

post #2 of 15
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Originally Posted by Sparxxx View Post
 

Hi everyone.

 

First of all I am new here so please bear with me :).

 

We are a young couple (30) looking to buy new ski equipment (ski+bindings and boots).

This would be our first buy ever! We are beginners! I did ski once or twice 10 years ago and she did it like 4 years ago. But we can manage a green/blue slope :).

However we are athletic and learn very fast (actually I am pretty good on the snowboard).

 

We would like to buy something new from this year models.

My height is 185cm and her's 163cm.

 

What brand and model do you recommend us?

 

Thanks a lot!

 

PS: We live in Switzerland and sorry for my enlgish.


Welcome to EpicSki!  Please take a look at the EpicSki Articles under First Run (click on Articles in the menu bar).  How many days do you expect to ski this winter?  How long have you been on a snowboard?

post #3 of 15
Thread Starter 

Thanks!

I went through the articles and also did some research on other websites but each lists some different models :).

We are planing maybe for 20-25 days this season... not really sure. At least 10 days!

post #4 of 15

Here's advice I gave to another beginner.  His situation is different from yours, so not all of it applies, but I'm sure you'll be able to filter appropriately:):

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/129132/skis-for-beginner-over-40-tahoe#post_1770004

post #5 of 15
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Originally Posted by Sparxxx View Post
 

Hi everyone.

 

First of all I am new here so please bear with me :).

 

We are a young couple (30) looking to buy new ski equipment (ski+bindings and boots).

This would be our first buy ever! We are beginners! I did ski once or twice 10 years ago and she did it like 4 years ago. But we can manage a green/blue slope :).

However we are athletic and learn very fast (actually I am pretty good on the snowboard).

 

We would like to buy something new from this year models.

My height is 185cm and her's 163cm.

 

What brand and model do you recommend us?

 

Thanks a lot!

 

PS: We live in Switzerland and sorry for my enlgish.

 

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Originally Posted by Sparxxx View Post
 

Thanks!

I went through the articles and also did some research on other websites but each lists some different models :).

We are planing maybe for 20-25 days this season... not really sure. At least 10 days!


If you are looking for suggestions about ski length, people need to know your weight as well as height.  Do you have a ski shop near where you live?

post #6 of 15
Thread Starter 

Thanks for your answers.

Weight, 76kg and 50kg.

 

We have a lot of ski shops here but I wanted to have some recommendations from here too.

Don't really want the guy selling me stuff he just wants to get rid off...

post #7 of 15

bump . . . any other advice for beginners in Europe?  Husband 185cm, 76kg.  Wife 163cm, 50kg.

 

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Originally Posted by Sparxxx View Post
 

Hi everyone.

 

First of all I am new here so please bear with me :).

 

We are a young couple (30) looking to buy new ski equipment (ski+bindings and boots).

This would be our first buy ever! We are beginners! I did ski once or twice 10 years ago and she did it like 4 years ago. But we can manage a green/blue slope :).

However we are athletic and learn very fast (actually I am pretty good on the snowboard).

 

We would like to buy something new from this year models.

My height is 185cm and her's 163cm.

 

What brand and model do you recommend us?

 

Thanks a lot!

 

PS: We live in Switzerland and sorry for my enlgish.

 

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Originally Posted by Sparxxx View Post
 

Thanks for your answers.

Weight, 76kg and 50kg.

 

We have a lot of ski shops here but I wanted to have some recommendations from here too.

Don't really want the guy selling me stuff he just wants to get rid off...

post #8 of 15

There are many others much more qualified than I to make specific suggestion, so I'll talk generalities.

 

My recommendation is that you concentrate on getting good boots first and worry about the skis later. Find a local shop with experienced personnel to fit both of you - one that's willing to spend the considerable time and effort that proper boot fitting demands. I have to believe that with all of the skiing in the Confoederatio Helvetica, there are more than a few competent ski shops and bootfitters.  Hopefully, others will chime in with specifics as far as brands and models but it seems to me that you can't go wrong with any of the major manufacturers. As far as stiffness/flex goes, again, your local shop should be the starting point. With boots out of the way, you can then look for skis.

 

One option for skis that you could consider would be to rent then for the season. Not sure if this is available to you in Switzerland, but in North America, most shops offer seasonal rentals for not much more than the cost of a week's rental at a major resort. Many places even give you the option to switch models or sizes during the season. Another option would be to look for something used, either on consignment at your local shop or through the CH version of Craigslist. Hopefully [again] others more knowledgeable than I will chime in with some specific recommendations for brand/model/size.

 

On a completely unrelated topic, my grandmother was born in the northwest of Switzerland and immigrated to the US as a young girl. I've visited Geneve and have skied a few Swiss areas in the Verbier/4 Valleys area but have not been to her hometown of Basel. 

 

Best of luck to you in your equipment search!

post #9 of 15
Maybe since they're in Europe and they really need recommendations for good bootfitting more than anything, it would be better to put this in the International forum?

Tip: just because a guy/gal sells boots doesn't mean they are boot fitters here on Epic. At least in the US (and, if I recall, some area around Munich??? Where was that guy?) most of the people selling ski boots don't have a clue what they are doing. Finding the ones that do is a chore. The beginner who actually gets a correctly fitted pair of boots for their first purchase is a rare animal. The problem is, they don't know how boots are supposed to feel, nor do they know what the boot fitter is supposed to be checking. Result? A bad skiing experience and hundreds of dollars down the drain.

So these people need help from their more local counterparts.
post #10 of 15
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Originally Posted by sibhusky View Post

Maybe since they're in Europe and they really need recommendations for good bootfitting more than anything, it would be better to put this in the International forum?

Tip: just because a guy/gal sells boots doesn't mean they are boot fitters here on Epic. At least in the US (and, if I recall, some area around Munich??? Where was that guy?) most of the people selling ski boots don't have a clue what they are doing. Finding the ones that do is a chore. The beginner who actually gets a correctly fitted pair of boots for their first purchase is a rare animal. The problem is, they don't know how boots are supposed to feel, nor do they know what the boot fitter is supposed to be checking. Result? A bad skiing experience and hundreds of dollars down the drain.

So these people need help from their more local counterparts.


I think International is more for resort related topics.  But a good idea to get some Europeans involved.  Maybe @TQA , @CerebralVortex , @Cheizz , or @Wear The Fox Hat would stop by.  I can't think of someone who lives in Switzerland, can you?

post #11 of 15
I'm realizing that you used to be able to direct a search to member profiles, but now you can't?
post #12 of 15
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Originally Posted by marznc View Post
 


I think International is more for resort related topics.  But a good idea to get some Europeans involved.  Maybe @TQA , @CerebralVortex , @Cheizz , or @Wear The Fox Hat would stop by.  I can't think of someone who lives in Switzerland, can you?

 

I am going to disqualify myself from this.

 

Why

 

I ski in yesteryears boots. Salomon SX 92 Equipes.

 

The last boot fitter I used was in the Mid 80s in Meribel and he was bloody good.

post #13 of 15

I agree with others on buying a good "fitted" pair of boots and consider renting skies for now. "Fitted" means going to and having a certified boot fitter match the boots to your feet. Also as others have suggested, try to find a international ski forum to guide you to a good boot fitter locally. 

post #14 of 15
Thread Starter 

Thanks a lot everyone for your time and recommendations.

We went to some shops and found some good and qualified bootfiters too.

First we will go with the boots and the ski we might rent this season.

I guess in 1-2 weeks we will do the bootfiting.

 

Have a nice evening!

post #15 of 15
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Originally Posted by Sparxxx View Post
 

Thanks a lot everyone for your time and recommendations.

We went to some shops and found some good and qualified bootfiters too.

First we will go with the boots and the ski we might rent this season.

I guess in 1-2 weeks we will do the bootfiting.

 

Have a nice evening!


Sounds like a good plan.

 

If you haven't already, check out the links at the top of the Beginner Zone section for tips about learning to ski, as well as general tips.  While some may apply more in North America, most make sense any where.

 

http://www.epicski.com/f/56/beginner-zone

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