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First off I'm from Arkansas and go skiing at least once every year. I don't know a ton about it but I'm not too bad for how often I go. I can go on all the blacks and do a few jumps just fine. I usually rent ski gear but was thinking about buying my own and didn't know where to start. Could anybody give me some advice? (Boots, skis, and poles)
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At the top of this forum is a link to "Five Key Questions When Buying Skis."  Answer those and we might be able to help.  Right now we have no real information.  You say you can ski all the black runs, but black runs are not all created equal.  The ratings for runs are only applicable to that particular ski area.  A black run at Wild Mountain in Minnesota is like a low level blue run at Jackson Hole (Yes, I have skied both areas).

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Repeating what Pacobillie said, boots first. And don't buy them online or at your local box store. They should be SNUG!!!! Not painful, but way way tighter than you think could possibly be right. Why? Because these are not hiking boots, they are the main connection between your feet and the ski, transmitting your commands. Also, the soles do not flex around your foot as you use them, unlike shoes, so you're going to want a shorter size than you would use for other footwear. Almost all skiers end up with boots that are too big the first time around. The boots feel perfect in the shop, then the lining starts conforming, packing down, and suddenly they are ratcheting the buckles tighter and tighter and having pain and cold feet. Ask around either WINNING race team kids or instructors to see who they all go to to get their boots fit. If they tell you some box store or online, write them off and keep asking. At some point, you will find a consensus on a name. That's the person you want fitting your boots.

I think I'm going to save this offline and just plunk it into every "new skis" thread..
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At the top of this forum is a link to "Five Key Questions When Buying Skis."  Answer those and we might be able to help.  Right now we have no real information.  You say you can ski all the black runs, but black runs are not all created equal.  The ratings for runs are only applicable to that particular ski area.  A black run at Wild Mountain in Minnesota is like a low level blue run at Jackson Hole (Yes, I have skied both areas).


This, with a bullet. 

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First off I'm from Arkansas and go skiing at least once every year. I don't know a ton about it but I'm not too bad for how often I go. I can go on all the blacks and do a few jumps just fine. I usually rent ski gear but was thinking about buying my own and didn't know where to start. Could anybody give me some advice? (Boots, skis, and poles)


Welcome to EpicSki!  How many years have you been skiing?  Do you go for a week or just a few days?

 

It can be a bit tricky to figure out the best place to find a boot fitter when living in the flatlands.  Some people plan to buy boots at the beginning of a ski vacation.  But that makes it harder to take advantage of early or late season sales.  If you plan to keep skiing, investing in boots is well worth it.

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