I have been skiing since I was a kid and now am close to 40, but only a few times a year. I would say I am lower intermediate.
I am looking to buy a pair of skis, and am wondering whether I should go used, or new.
I am looking at ~$250 pair of skis w/ binding, new, and then I would still have to get boots. Those I will buy new.
The second option is that I buy used. I am looking at skis on 'Liquidation Sports' graded S, which means ...
Standard - Our Standard skis are sold just as they have been received by our warehouse. We check the bindings for proper operation, core shots and delamination and remove any unsafe skis. Chip sizes in the top sheet will be approximately 1/2 to 2 inches in length. The skis will have scratches and nicks on the top sheets, bases and bindings. To provide you with the lowest prices possible the chips will not be repaired. In addition, we will not sharpen the edges or sand and wax the bases. If you are trained skier or have a favorite ski technician these skis will provide you with the very best value! We realize not everyone has a ski technician on their speed dial. So, we are offering the following services at 1/2 our normal shop prices when you purchase them at the same time as your skis.
Will those be good? I am looking to pay $125-150 for such skis w/ binding. At that price, should I just go new? Boots again would be bought new.
I would like to ski as often as possible, but the truth is I'm getting older and probably won't have time to improve that much. I don't anticipate going more than say 4 or 5 times a year. Maybe up to 7 or so if I take a trip out west, but then is it even prudent to carry on skis if I fly or rent?
Or the third option is even to continue renting. At this point, I have been skiing more than 35 times in my life, but have never owned. Every season I get amped to buy skis and maybe start going more, but then spring comes and I forget about it. And now I'm older. If I was 20 years old, I wouldn't hesitate to get the more expensive equipment, but at this point (when older, boring sensibilities kick in), I'm thinking the used skis would be good enough, or even renting like I said.
Thanks for opinions!