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Expert snowboarder giving skiing a go. Need gear recomendations for boots/ski/bindings [Colorado]

post #1 of 19
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I'm somewhat of a beginner skier...  only tried it a few times 10 years ago, but I could parallel turn back then.  I usually pick up new sports really fast, so I want to get some gear that I can grow into (skill wise) if that makes sense. 

 

This will be mainly for groomers, I think I will stick with the board for those *big* powder days.  But if the skis can do well in un-groomed terrain all the better.

 

While I love to charge down the mountain, I will need this setup to also be OK cruising the beginner runs with my daughters.

 

I'm also interested in XC skiing, but I assume I will need a completely separate setup for that?

 

I'm 6'1" and 150lb (sans clothes/shoes) and my feet are super skinny (10.5-11.5)

 

We will be skiing at Breck and Monach.

 

So stoked to be getting back on the slopes after being away for soooo long.

 

I've got around $1500 to spend.

post #2 of 19
Thread Starter 

Also wanted to ask if I can/should use my dirt bike knee braces (POD k700) for skiing?

 

I messed up my MCL after a low side about 18 months ago.  It took 9 months to fully heal, but it's been 100% since then.

post #3 of 19
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Originally Posted by Colorado View Post
 

I'm somewhat of a beginner skier...  only tried it a few times 10 years ago, but I could parallel turn back then.  I usually pick up new sports really fast, so I want to get some gear that I can grow into (skill wise) if that makes sense. 

 

This will be mainly for groomers, I think I will stick with the board for those *big* powder days.  But if the skis can do well in un-groomed terrain all the better.

 

While I love to charge down the mountain, I will need this setup to also be OK cruising the beginner runs with my daughters.

 

I'm also interested in XC skiing, but I assume I will need a completely separate setup for that?

 

I'm 6'1" and 150lb (sans clothes/shoes) and my feet are super skinny (10.5-11.5)

 

We will be skiing at Breck and Monach.

 

So stoked to be getting back on the slopes after being away for soooo long.

 

I've got around $1500 to spend.

 

Spend a lot of money on boots. Get them well fit. Buy some used skis and bindings off of Craigslist. Save some for money for a lesson for yourself too. Things have changed in ski tech in the past 10 years. 

 

As far as the skis: Something ~90mm waist, 173-185cm, maybe a bit of tip rocker will be good for 90% of conditions at Monarch and Breck. Tons of serviceable, cheap skis on the Front Range CLs. Ski them until  you decide what you really want out of a ski.  Date your skis, marry your boots. (Basically epicski's mantra.)

 

Post up possible CL finds here and I'm sure people will send you in the right direction.

post #4 of 19
+1 on the getting good fitting boots. Lots of my boarder buddies have bailed on skiing because of the perception that boots hurt. The right boot will fit you like a slipper. Don't just grab any old boot. Speak to a good boot fitter. Find recommendations on here for a good one in your area.
post #5 of 19

And for example, very nice skis for $299 with bindings: http://denver.craigslist.org/spo/4765390938.html

post #6 of 19
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the advise jmeb. 

 

I will be buying boots at a store so I can get a good fit.  CL is great and I have used it to buy so much stuff over the years.  But.... I now live way up in the mountains about 1.5 hours out of Denver.

 

So unless it's something over $3,000 I just buy new on the net and get it deliver to the house.

 

I can up the bugdet a little if need be, or I can just buy something cheap as a stop gap if that's the best approach.

post #7 of 19
Thread Starter 

I will be shopping in Summit County for boots.... who should I go see?

post #8 of 19
I'll wait for someone more local to you to mention the boot fitting in summit count, but I thought I'd mention that your first instinct is correct, you will need separate gear for cross country.
post #9 of 19
Thread Starter 

Bump for boot-fitter recommendations in Summit County (Breck is closest to me).

 

I'm going to try to find something this Friday.

post #10 of 19

Jeff Bergeron in Breck.

 

Chuck at Racer's Edge in Breck.

post #11 of 19
Thread Starter 

^ Thanks!

post #12 of 19

If Frisco is convenient for picking up skis, consider getting the Breeze demo pass if it's still available.  Last I saw it was $299 for all the demos you can ride for the season.  You'll get to try a bunch of skis, and move up in performance as you get better.  Then at the end of the season you'll know exactly what to buy.  Give the Breeze in Frisco a call.  If they don't have any call the Dumont store.

post #13 of 19
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Originally Posted by tball View Post
 

If Frisco is convenient for picking up skis, consider getting the Breeze demo pass if it's still available.  Last I saw it was $299 for all the demos you can ride for the season.  You'll get to try a bunch of skis, and move up in performance as you get better.  Then at the end of the season you'll know exactly what to buy.  Give the Breeze in Frisco a call.  If they don't have any call the Dumont store.

 

Sounds like a great idea, but I'll be coming over Hoosier pass and would prefer not to join the traffic jam from Frisco to Breck.  Any stores in Breck do something similar?

 

Still it might be an option if we get a jump on traffic or squeeze in a few week days of skiing.

post #14 of 19

Is anyone else amazed the OP registered yesterday and got "Colorado" as his moniker?

 

haha

post #15 of 19
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Originally Posted by Colorado View Post
 

Sounds like a great idea, but I'll be coming over Hoosier pass and would prefer not to join the traffic jam from Frisco to Breck.  Any stores in Breck do something similar?

 

Still it might be an option if we get a jump on traffic or squeeze in a few week days of skiing.

 

Bummer.  That's what I was afraid of when you said Breck and Monarch.  No way I'd make the extra drive to Frisco (Antlers) coming from the south.   Doesn't look like they have any packages good at their Breck shops.  I got this in an email on 10/28:

 

post #16 of 19
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Originally Posted by Colorado View Post
 

I'm somewhat of a beginner skier...  only tried it a few times 10 years ago, but I could parallel turn back then.  I usually pick up new sports really fast, so I want to get some gear that I can grow into (skill wise) if that makes sense. 

 

This will be mainly for groomers, I think I will stick with the board for those *big* powder days.  But if the skis can do well in un-groomed terrain all the better.

 

While I love to charge down the mountain, I will need this setup to also be OK cruising the beginner runs with my daughters.

 

I'm 6'1" and 150lb (sans clothes/shoes) and my feet are super skinny (10.5-11.5)

 

We will be skiing at Breck and Monach.

 

 

OK, back to buying skis (after spending whatever it takes to get a good boot fitted by one of the recs in Breck above);

 

A safe recommendation is an all-mountain ski around 90mm.  You'll want a more moderate flexing ski since you are a beginner, but a good ski since you are likely to progress quickly.   

 

Here are some good reviews of skis in the ~90mm category from 2014 and 2015:

http://starthaus.com/wordpress/2013/10/10/skinny-all-mountain-ski-review-82-to-90-mm-sierra-jim/:

http://starthaus.com/wordpress/2014/06/09/2015-all-mountain-ski-comparison-narrow-all-mountain-skis/

 

Those are skis you'd want to keep once you improve.  The other option would be a more intermediate ski that you get rid of once you improve.

 

Maybe @Philpug has some ideas for you...

post #17 of 19
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the help guys.  I wasn't able to make an appointment with the mentioned boot fitters (Friday was kinda short notice).  We were able to get a fitting at Surefoot in Breckenridge to get some custom foot beds and injection molded boots.  It was pretty expensive, but my wife has a tiny foot and I have a very skinny foot, so I have a feeling getting a custom fit is where we would have ended up anyway.  My boots were Lange LV130's with the flex bolts removed.

 

For Skis I ended up with Blizzard bonafide in a 180cm and the wife got the black pearls in 152cm. 

 

Over budget, but I think these will keep us happy for a long time.... though they might make re-reacquiring our skills a little more difficult for a bit.

 

I used to ride a Ride timeless snowboard and you had to ride it fast and aggressively and stay 100% focused.   The bonafides sound a lot like that, so probably not the best ski for skiing with the kids on the bunny slopes, but should be fun when it's our turn to play.

 

We're going to do a couple of days down in Monarch at the end of the week.

 

Oh and FWIW I think my POD K700 knee braces will (just) fit with the boots.

post #18 of 19
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Originally Posted by WC68 View Post
 

Is anyone else amazed the OP registered yesterday and got "Colorado" as his moniker?

 

haha

 

Yeah, I thought that was pretty odd too.  :D

post #19 of 19
Thread Starter 

Just finished up a couple of days at Monarch with the new gear.

 

The boots were agony the first day, but packed out to bearable on the second day.  Skis were great and actually pretty mellow compared to my snowboard.

 

On the start of the second day I was getting the hang of carving and some fast linked turns (still upper body and side to side with the legs).  It was nice to get some power/pop out of the back of the skis.... something that was new to me for skis.

 

We put the kids in day care during the morning and skied with them in the arvo.  Our 6 year old was skiing really well and didn't really need any help except for a couple of yard sales.  Our 3 year old was on a harness.  She can turn and ski at speed, but has no interest in learning how to stop, so we had her on a harness.  It was a little awkward with the 180's, but doable.  In the end my wife ditched the skis and ran down the bunny slope with her.

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