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Ski/Boot recommendation for Beginner/Intermediate Skier

post #1 of 9
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Hey guys,

 

So last year was the first I ever got out on some ski's (better late than never I suppose). But I really enjoyed it and was looking at the possibility of nabbing up some of my own gear. I'm not really sure it's a good time for me yet, but I was tossing the idea around at least especially with some of the good deals I have seen lately. So some info. I am about 5' 10"/5' 11" and 175 lbs. I've only been skiing a handful of times so far. At the end of the season I believe they had me using some like 150 some odd cm head rev's at the rental shop and those were starting to feel pretty slow.

 

So with this info would you guys recommend me to get some of my own gear or to just wait another season or two to see how my skill progresses/interest in skiing change?

post #2 of 9
How many days per year do you expect to ski regularly going forward?
post #3 of 9
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Originally Posted by sibhusky View Post

How many days per year do you expect to ski regularly going forward?

Well, in the next couple of years it's going to be tough to get more than a handful of days a year in because I'm currently in college and my breaks just do not really line up with the ideal ski season time. After college though who knows hopefully as many days as possible, depending on what area I end up settling down in. I expect the best advice for now is to just wait and see how the next couple of years go..

post #4 of 9
I agree. If you are finally going to ski seriously in three years, then you'll want the latest equipment. Buying things NOW is not going to be cost effective. Would be hard to get the right boots (from a FITTER, not a "guy in a shop"), skis, bindings, poles, for less than $1000. It's doable, but you'd be putting a lot of effort into stuff you will outgrow the first time you can squeeze in some serious days.

I know the tendency might be then to hit a garage sale, but really renting allows you to go into the shop midday and say, these boots are killing me, give me another pair, or at least demo the right skis for the current conditions. So, at the cost of filling out a rental form and some waiting in line, you get flexibility, and can use that spare cash on lessons.
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Originally Posted by sibhusky View Post

I agree. If you are finally going to ski seriously in three years, then you'll want the latest equipment. Buying things NOW is not going to be cost effective. Would be hard to get the right boots (from a FITTER, not a "guy in a shop"), skis, bindings, poles, for less than $1000. It's doable, but you'd be putting a lot of effort into stuff you will outgrow the first time you can squeeze in some serious days.

I know the tendency might be then to hit a garage sale, but really renting allows you to go into the shop midday and say, these boots are killing me, give me another pair, or at least demo the right skis for the current conditions. So, at the cost of filling out a rental form and some waiting in line, you get flexibility, and can use that spare cash on lessons.

Yeah I guess I already assumed that's my best bet, just wanted some confirmation I suppose :rolleyes 

post #6 of 9
Sibhusky is correct. Buying gear now when you're only going to ski a few days a season for a few years is a waste of money. Spend it on lessons.
post #7 of 9

+1 on all of the above.

If you would buy gear now, you probably would be talked-in to buy a beginner/intermediate gear, which is frankly not much different, if at all, from the rental shop.... Spend few seasons renting and taking lessons, then, try some demos and see what you want (no need to do demos now.. at your level everything would feel the same).

post #8 of 9
I would also suggest that you rent some demo packages which will give you some high end equipment to try. As to 150's for your size and wt. are you being taught ballet skiing:rolleyes, seriously I don't think the shop is setting you up to ski your best. They are setting you up to ski easy.

I'll let a few other real instructors comment on this one.
post #9 of 9

Buying boots maybe yes if you can't ski at all in rental boots or your feet are killing you after half a day

 

 

Buying skis for 3times a year,no.

 

You're never going to break even as compared to just taking out a pair of demo/rental skis.  Renting skis only isn't too much of a hassle. It also makes up for itself by not having to travel with your skis.

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