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Need help purchasing new skis [South Dakota with trips to Colorado, 2nd season]

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Hello everyone,

       I'm interested in purchasing some skis for some casual skiing I do in the winter.  Looking for something that's best "bang for the buck" - thank you

 

1. Where in the world are you skiing?  

- Black Hills of South Dakota - annual trip to Colorado (Breck, Vail, Copper)

 

2. What kinds of terrain do you prefer (groomed runs, moguls, race course, park'n'pipe, trees, steeps, backcountry/sidecountry)

     -Groomed runs

 

3.How many days a year do you ski?

   -About 5-10

 

4. How advanced are you as a skier?

       Maybe a 5/10?  Just started last year.  I feel comfortable on milder black runs but take them slow.

 

5. What's your height and weight?

     5ft8.5in 160lbs

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https://www.google.com/webhp?gws_rd=ssl#q=ski+magazine+review+issue+

 

Look around the web and find all mountain skis or freeride skis that are forgiving. Ski Magazine's Sept issue dose a good job and will give you some ideas.

 

Lot's of great skis out there. You'll get lots of ideas from people here.

 

Have you made the investment into having your boots fitted to you ? I know for the causal skier its a big expense, but it's well worth it.

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Thanks for the link- I also need recommendations for boots and bindings.  Until now I've just rented.

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Thanks for the link- I also need recommendations for boots and bindings.  Until now I've just rented

 

Find a good boot fitter in your area and skip buying online as mentioned.  There is an old saying that you marry your boots and date your skis.  :)

 

Comfort and performance will dictate how much you enjoy the sport and progress.  If you have boots that are fit too loose or just plain hurt after serveral outings it sucks the fun out of it.  

Expect a good fitter to fit you to the shell without a liner and start a size or more down from your street shoe.  If they don't do that, request they do.  If they act like it's not big deal, leave.

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