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post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 

Hi Guys,

 

I've recently registered to here as I've gone through this forum on several occasions, so I've committed to becoming a member.

 

I've just gotten back from my first ever skiing holiday. After a few lessons pre-holiday, I wasn't sure how I was going to cope with the demand of skiing or whether I'd enjoy it enough to take it further. 

 

But, I can say, after returning it's been one of the most enjoyable activities I've ever had the pleasure of taking up. Now, the reason why I'm posting is to follow.

 

After returning, I hit an urgency to buy gear and follow up with my enthusiasm for the sport.

 

now, I ask you all.

 

can you advise on an affordable, all round ski to buy for someone at an intermediate level (jumps intended)

 

 

bindings too!

 

many thanks,

 

 

Dane.

post #2 of 14
Your height, weight, location, please... smile.gif
post #3 of 14
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Originally Posted by danerothery View Post
 

Hi Guys,

 

I've recently registered to here as I've gone through this forum on several occasions, so I've committed to becoming a member.

 

I've just gotten back from my first ever skiing holiday. After a few lessons pre-holiday, I wasn't sure how I was going to cope with the demand of skiing or whether I'd enjoy it enough to take it further. 

 

But, I can say, after returning it's been one of the most enjoyable activities I've ever had the pleasure of taking up. Now, the reason why I'm posting is to follow.

 

After returning, I hit an urgency to buy gear and follow up with my enthusiasm for the sport.

 

now, I ask you all.

 

can you advise on an affordable, all round ski to buy for someone at an intermediate level (jumps intended)

 

 

bindings too!

 

many thanks,

 

 

Dane.


Hi Dane.  Welcome to Epic.

 

The question you ask has almost as many answers as there are members on this site.  (Almost!)   

 

Read the article here: http://www.epicski.com/a/five-key-questions-when-buying-new-skis, then post your personal specifics below.  That will help the gear-knowledgeable to suggest something that might suit you.  

 

Good luck! 

post #4 of 14
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by danerothery View Post
 

Hi Guys,

 

I've recently registered to here as I've gone through this forum on several occasions, so I've committed to becoming a member.

 

I've just gotten back from my first ever skiing holiday. After a few lessons pre-holiday, I wasn't sure how I was going to cope with the demand of skiing or whether I'd enjoy it enough to take it further. 

 

But, I can say, after returning it's been one of the most enjoyable activities I've ever had the pleasure of taking up. Now, the reason why I'm posting is to follow.

 

After returning, I hit an urgency to buy gear and follow up with my enthusiasm for the sport.

 

now, I ask you all.

 

can you advise on an affordable, all round ski to buy for someone at an intermediate level (jumps intended)

 

 

bindings too!

 

many thanks,

 

 

Dane.

 

Height: 6'0

Weight: 82kg

Location: I'm living in the UK. 

 

 

 

It's not that I want people to give me a huge list, just what they can recommend as far as an overall spec, iv'e no idea what makes a good ski for what standard. 

 

These were the ski's that I hired from skiset when i was in france (Les Orres) 

 

http://www.absolute-snow.co.uk/admin/images/Larger/8cdca290-62d5-4e0e-b517-0de0d1a29f9e1213%20Pursuit%2014%20(1).jpg

 

they served me well but seem to be a little bit on the expensive side for my liking, specially when i'm still finding my feet and wanting to experiment with more off-piste etc. 

just want some cheap all rounders that will get me through a couple of weeks trips would be great. 

 

all guidance, information and patience is greatly appreciated :)

post #5 of 14
Welcome to Epic. I'm surprised that nobody has mentioned this yet, but the first gear you need is boots that fit properly. Boots are much more important than skis. Go to the "Ask the Boot Guys" forum and read the wikis about fitting and terminology. Then check the "Who's Who" for boot fitters in the UK. There is at least one, Colin Martin, know as CEM here. Contact him about getting boots. Forget skis until you get boots.
post #6 of 14

welcome.  I think any seasoned skier will have the same opinion...  BOOTS first; then skis. 

trying renting skis initially, you'll get a chance to taste the buffet and get a feel for the different skis out there.  if you buy your skis too early in the game, you'll probably outgrow their specs in a short period of time.

find a local shop that you can trust, demo some skis and take it from there.  in a few seasons you can by some skis that will work with your size, ski style & level.

at that time, you'll probably wind up going to a stiffer boot also.

good luck and have fun.  :yahoo:

post #7 of 14
Spend a lot of time reading the boot threads here, too, just so you understand that you need a boot FITTER, not a guy who works in a boot shop. The boots are not bought like you're buying shoes or even hiking boots. Since the sole doesn't bend, the sizing is even different for your foot. They should be almost unpleasantly snug in every direction on your foot initially. They can be made bigger, but not smaller. If you read those threads, you'll realize that most skiers have at some point been in the wrong boot. Don't try and form an opinion about the brand of boot or the stiffness. But do understand what they should feel like. And don't go based on what your rental boots felt like or your shoes. The boot is your attachment and control of the ski. It matters a lot.
post #8 of 14
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Originally Posted by mtcyclist View Post

Welcome to Epic. I'm surprised that nobody has mentioned this yet, but the first gear you need is boots that fit properly. Boots are much more important than skis. Go to the "Ask the Boot Guys" forum and read the wikis about fitting and terminology. Then check the "Who's Who" for boot fitters in the UK. There is at least one, Colin Martin, know as CEM here. Contact him about getting boots. Forget skis until you get boots.


What he said. 

How often do you ski, as in how many days in a year?

post #9 of 14
Thread Starter 

Hey Guys, 

 

I couldn't thank you all enough for the input and it's never going to be forgotten. 

 

I've only had the opportunity to test a couple of boots in my time. I know you say "don't go off your rental boots" and i won't, but i had ski'd for 7 days in France and was wearing a pair of Lange boots. although they were quite a pain to get on, once they were, they were incredibly snug and felt perfect on my feet and would preferably have another boot like them.

 

Secondly, the skis that I want don't necessarily have to be a great ski, just one that will get me through maybes 2 weeks worth of skiing and once I've "outgrown" them, I'll move onto something else, hense why I'd like them to be relatively cheap. (disposable to a degree)

 

Is there any brands out there that you guys would advise to "steer clear of" and otherwise any that good value for money towards the lower price range. 

 

thanks for the responses. 

post #10 of 14

You cannot go by brand of skis all major brands make good suitable skis for you, and also make skis that are not suitable.  You need to access some review sites that describe skis for the last few years (Realskiers is a good one for skis available in North America).  I recommend that you buy a new in plastic left-over ski or buy used from a consignment shop or e.bay.  There are skis a skier with 7 days experience can ski that will take them a long way up the ladder in many brands.  There are also many skis that are only suitable for beginners, in many brands.

post #11 of 14

When I started skiing ten years ago, my wife and I bought decommissioned rental skis off Ebay.  They came with bindings, they were trashed, and they worked fine for a couple of years.  If you're just looking for cheap, that's the way to go.  

 

If you're looking for something that will last into intermediacy, Ghost's suggestion is a good one.  Sign up for Realskier ($20 US) and do a little research there.  You're not looking for an expert ski.  You're looking for something forgiving.

 

If you're lucky, you can find a good pair of new-old stock (NOS) skis -- brand new but out-of-date skis.  My second pair were NOS Dynastar 4800s.  They didn't come with bindings, so I had the Olen bindings put on the Dynastars. 

 

You can look at used demo skis on Ebay, too -- or at one of the online retailers (Level9, for instance, or Powder7).  These will be trashed sometimes, sometimes not, but they'll come with bindings and are usually a good price. 

post #12 of 14

If you buy skis on line, make sure you buy them with bindings.   Many modern skis have hostage plates that will only work with the bindings the skis came with, and that binding might be as hard to find unmounted to a ski as hen's teeth.  There are enough good deals for new with binding skis that you don't need to risk it.

post #13 of 14
Thread Starter 

thank you for all the kind and forgiving responses. it's greatly appreciated.

 

do any of you have any preferred websites (preferably UK) that you know where to get some cheaper skis from ? 

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