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Poll Results: How many times skiing a year before you purchases new skis?

 
  • 24% (6)
    1-5
  • 40% (10)
    5-10
  • 24% (6)
    10-15
  • 12% (3)
    15+
25 Total Votes  
post #31 of 36

I've an old pair of Volkl G3s that I use for local skiing in the mid atlantic where renting is a big PITA.  For western trips, I like to take my boots and rent the skis given that snow conditions can vary from day to day.  This year, i took 2 western trips, 1 to CO and 1 to UT.  In CO, snow conditions were pretty much the same for the 3 days I was there, and I was skiing with buddies (more aggressive skiing) so just used 1 pair of demos that worked really well.  In UT, we had a day of big powder, a day of more powder, then 2 days of spring skiing with variable conditions.  I spent the 2 powder days skiing more offpiste and aggressively so I demoed some elan spectrums wide underfoot, which were a perfect tool for the conditions; the 2 spring skiing days I spent with my 9 y.o. skiing groomers so demoed a pair of nordica nrgy 80s on one day (hated them, 1st time I've every really not liked a ski), then some K2 something or others on the last day, which were great for the conditions and skiing I was doing.  For those reasons, I like to demo when I travel rather than carrying my own skis.

 

Ironically, we do transport our daughters skis on trips, because, well, they're blue and pink and she likes them.  So, I also take my ski poles.  

 

Kind of a weird mix but it's been working for us for a few years.

post #32 of 36

I have purchased three pairs of used, one from eBay (skis looked good until you good in really close to examine them, and took a fair bit of work to salvage them for safe use and they are still in use today, cost vs days skied working out to less than $1.50 per day and dropping rapidly) and 2 from a good sellers from this site (one UPS lost both of us cried, we both didn't lose any money as UPS paid, only a great set of skis stolen, second set identical from SS a year later this time Thumbs Up).

 

Also bought old new stock at great discounted prices (ie Bindings in race skis $180.00 list $1,800.00)  those deals are out there.  You just have to know what to buy and drop the hammer when you see them.

 

As to renting or bring your own travelling,  Depends on how OCD you are on set up.  If you are like I am, bring your own, if not renting can be a good alternative.

post #33 of 36
There's another active thread around here commenting on how the horrible season in the Northeast has resulted in some very good deals, listing specific skis at specific shops. Before seeing that thread, I bought a pair of skis last week at theskimonster.com, who's physical store is in Boston, for around half of retail price. My brother did even better there on a pair of skis that went out for a day and were returned for another, narrower ski. Shops back East are anxious to get rid of inventory, echoing the unfortunate situation CA shops found themselves in the last couple of years. If you call theskimonster.com, ask for Alex.
post #34 of 36

Definitely depends on the ski destination. For someone going to Aspen who is going to ski all the mountains, could even be worth renting from the resort's ski shop for the overnight storage and delivery service. For instance, can finish at Snowmass, drop off the skis, then pick them up at Highlands the next morning.

 

Sun Valley has overnight storage for free for resort guests, $6 for others. Bridger (local's mountain, no resort lodging) has overnight storage. I think it was $4 the last time I was there.

 

It's nice to own a pair of all-mountain skis and have the option of bringing them when flying out west.  An easy decision when able to fly Southwest and get two free checked items for free or have enough status on another airline to at least get one bag free.  Can be worth getting a credit card that gives a free bag as a perk.  That's assuming can pack enough stuff in a carry on and the ski bag for a ski trip.

post #35 of 36

I just went through this decision this year. Have been skiing for 9 years, with my own boots for 6. Started out skiing 6 - 7 days per year, but last year did 16 and this was hoping for more. I live in Florida and ski out west, and the last couple years in the Alps, so I fly everywhere. For the longest time I wasn't interested at all in owning skis, was very happy to rent and not have to deal with transporting them.

 

Then sometime last year I thought maybe I should buy a set. I convinced myself, and more importantly my wife, that it would save money, but really I just wanted to have my own skis. So this year I bought a pair before a trip in Jan, then on another trip in March, found out they were great for most conditions but no so great for powder so bought a fatter set (both sets were demos - not ready to but new skis yet). 

 

Ended up skiing 23 days this year, 13 on my own skis. At $50 per day for rentals that's $650. I spent about $1,300 on the skis and bags. Will break even next year.

 

Is it a hassle flying with them? A bit. I have credit cards on the airlines I fly so far so I get 1 free bag - no extra cost there. A bigger hassle is car transport, not so much out west where people are used to skis, but getting a taxi in Florida that can take skis takes some doing. UberXL works but is twice the price of UberX. 

post #36 of 36
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Originally Posted by whumpf View Post
 

I just went through this decision this year. Have been skiing for 9 years, with my own boots for 6. Started out skiing 6 - 7 days per year, but last year did 16 and this was hoping for more. I live in Florida and ski out west, and the last couple years in the Alps, so I fly everywhere. For the longest time I wasn't interested at all in owning skis, was very happy to rent and not have to deal with transporting them.

 

Then sometime last year I thought maybe I should buy a set. I convinced myself, and more importantly my wife, that it would save money, but really I just wanted to have my own skis. So this year I bought a pair before a trip in Jan, then on another trip in March, found out they were great for most conditions but no so great for powder so bought a fatter set (both sets were demos - not ready to but new skis yet). 

 

Ended up skiing 23 days this year, 13 on my own skis. At $50 per day for rentals that's $650. I spent about $1,300 on the skis and bags. Will break even next year.

 

Is it a hassle flying with them? A bit. I have credit cards on the airlines I fly so far so I get 1 free bag - no extra cost there. A bigger hassle is car transport, not so much out west where people are used to skis, but getting a taxi in Florida that can take skis takes some doing. UberXL works but is twice the price of UberX. 

Good point about what to do with skis and ski bags after getting to the ski destination.  That's one reason to consider a soft bag instead of a hard one.  Even with two boxes for all the skis on top of my ski buddy's SUV, it was tough to fit two empty double Sport Tubes, plus boot bags, and luggage, for three people.

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