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Looking for some guidance [2nd season, eastern Canada, Holiday Valley]

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Hi guys! 

I am new to the forum and really the ski world in general. I have been skiing twice, and both times had a blast. I'm looking to buy my own used ski set to offset the cost of renting. 

I am looking into purchasing this set:

 

http://www.kijiji.ca/v-ski/hamilton/rossignol-skis-boots-poles-and-bag/1122442183?enableSearchNavigationFlag=true

I am a beginner/intermediate skiier. I am 5'9", 175 lbs. I typically ski at Holiday Valley as well. 


Anyone have any reviews on this set? From what I can see it's a pretty good deal at $150 CAD. Any help is appreciated.

Chris

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Thread Starter 

Should have clarified, when I say I've been skiing twice, I meant I went on 2 weekend ski trips, so I'm a little bit better than a beginner.

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Originally Posted by Ives View Post
 

Hi guys! 

I am new to the forum and really the ski world in general. I have been skiing twice, and both times had a blast. I'm looking to buy my own used ski set to offset the cost of renting. 

I am looking into purchasing this set:

 

http://www.kijiji.ca/v-ski/hamilton/rossignol-skis-boots-poles-and-bag/1122442183?enableSearchNavigationFlag=true

I am a beginner/intermediate skiier. I am 5'9", 175 lbs. I typically ski at Holiday Valley as well. 


Anyone have any reviews on this set? From what I can see it's a pretty good deal at $150 CAD. Any help is appreciated.

Chris

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Originally Posted by Ives View Post
 

Should have clarified, when I say I've been skiing twice, I meant I went on 2 weekend ski trips, so I'm a little bit better than a beginner.

Welcome to EpicSki!  I suggest you read a few of the First Run Articles about buying gear.  Click on Articles in the menu bar.  Unfortunately I think the ski swaps in your region may be over.

post #4 of 5

I've bought a few used skis in my lifetime. However, used boots are a different situation because ill fitting boots can really make for a bad day. I assume you have tried that model on and its a comfortable fit. I once bought used boots because my tecnica boots had developed cracks the only problem was that the shell had been compressed to the other persons foot. luckly for me i was able to take my inner shells and use them in the other tecnica boots.

post #5 of 5
Better to buy a pair of boots that FIT than to spend that money on junk. The most important piece of equipment is your boots. It is your boots that connect you to your skis and transmit commands. Since you are a newbie, it is even more crucial that you start out with a good bootfitter because you don't know what your boots are supposed to feel like. If you've been skiing for years, and you have boringly normal feet and are familiar with a line of boots, there is a chance you can buy boots online. You do not fit that description.

And when I say a boot fitter, I don't mean a guy in a shop where they sell boots. I mean someone who actually knows what he is doing and is a draw to that shop for 100's of miles because of his talents.

In the meantime, renting skis while you get past the beginner phase will be fine. Used poles of the right length will be fine. Even skiing without a helmet will be fine (shudder). Spend $400 or so on boots. Ski a year. Take lessons. Then worry about buying the rest of the stuff.
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