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Try to New Skis

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To Steve 1321:

I would like to offer a suggestion, because it appears that you are skiing on skis based on 1980's technology.

Rent some of the new skis, take a lesson on how to use them, and see if you really want to stay with the "pencil" shapes.

I also have to wonder that if you choose to ski on such old skis, what is the age of your boots ?

Yes, I know the ski equipment is expensive, and the lift tickets are no bargin until you get to spring skiing.

So if you like the new skis, but your boots are old, up grade here first and include custom insoles as well [ your over 40 now, and I am sure your foot has changed and flattened out somewhat,so you need the extra support.]

Budget for your ski and binding purchases. The summer sales of late July and Augustare a good time to make purchases if you are very sure on what you want to buy. Buy your new skis then, but if you still have some ski season left check out the new skis, with a lesson. I think you will be pleasantly surprised.

<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ April 06, 2002 10:55 AM: Message edited 1 time, by wink ]</font>
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Hey wink, sorry if I was unclear with that last post... I have absolutely no doubt whatsoever that the new skis represent a quantum leap in technology, and I'm sure a few years down the road after the wife is out of nursing school, I'll be ready to jump on the bandwagon. My original question was merely to ascertain the differences between two distinct models of straight skis. And yes, I have an older pair of Alpina intermediate rear-entries... I bought them back when it was hopelessly uncool to still be wearing buckle boots My priority for now is to budget in such a way that my daughter can get the lessons and free-skiing time she needs... and be able to accompany her. Because of her, I am back on the slopes after a 6-year absence. I was lucky enough recently to find a brand new pair of '96 skis, and a brand new set of '01 bindings, for a total of $80. The difference between that, and a setup of new gear and lessons to ease the transition, is significant... enough to pay for a few years of safe and - as your sig says - happy skiing. It wasn't a tough decision.

I do thank you for your time and inputs, and I'm sure I'll have plently of questions on the new gear when the time comes [img]smile.gif[/img]

Steve L.
for whom this year of drought has turned out to be the best ski season ever!
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