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Need Help* 6'5" 290lb Skier Size 15 Feet [in Ontario]

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To start off I'm looking to get back into skiing nothing to serious just wanna be able to hit up a few smaller mountains/hills around me.

I haven't skied in the last 5 or 6 years and I am looking to get back into it however, I don't know where to start equipment wise since the last time I've gone skiing I am significantly larger and heavier then when I was at the age of 12. Currently I'm around 6'5" 290lbs. I'm looking for advice on what skis/boots etc I need to buy that won't cost me an arm and leg.


To add to the difficulty of this search even more I have size 15 feet and am going to need a rather large ski boot to fit my huge fucking feet. 

Ski wise not sure what to look for looking to be able to get a tiny bit of air etc. I play offensive line on a university football team so it's not like I'm just a bowling ball I'm semi athletic.


Thank you everyone in advance I'm really excited to start skiiing again hopefully before the season ends!


(From Ontario btw)

post #2 of 4

If you have special feet you'd better get your boots fitted with a bootfitter. Try to find one close to home, maybe ask in the bootguys forum here. This is the most important part, if your boot don't fit you'll ski bad and/or be in pain and ski simply won't work for you.

Second, heavy guy in a small Hill on a budget, I would say you would need a slalom ski. There are different levels of these racing skis but you can find deals on them eventually (either new previous season models or used ones from racers, but you need to pay attention on the edge condition).

That said, if you get something too stiff it might hamper your technique. I would say it would be good for you to rent a stiff top slalom ski one day and have a lesson with a good instructor. That would help you fine tune the technique and your knowledge on how stiff a ski will be good for you

Finally pay attention on reviews on the size and terrain that the reviewer has so that you can relate to your own situation, so a ski a light person would find fantastic might not be the same for you.


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A lot of athletes either choose not to or are prohibited.from skiing. It takes a big man to take that kind of risk (sorry - couldn't resist). Welcome back to the sport. We're going to try to help you make your return very successful.


You need to find a good local ski shop to build a relationship with because your boots are going to be a problem. You're probably going to need to special order a ski boot just because of the size. You're not going to have a lot of choices. That means you're probably going to need a good boot fitter to make adjustments to the boot (probably for foot shape and for boot stiffness). At a minimum you're most likely going to need custom orthotics (aka footbeds) just for comfort, but you'll probably also need them because of typical big guy foot issues. This won't be cheap either in money or time, but it is the most important investment you can make. It's probably going to take several visits to the ski shop. You will need to develop some trust with the shop people (to discuss options) and you will also need to "bond" with your bootfitter so you can effectively communicate fit issues.


With skis you're going to have a little more flexibility. You haven't given us an indication of your ability or what amount of time you plan to invest in skiing. In general, beginner gear is cheaper and softer flexing. But with your athletic ability you would easily over power the usual beginner gear. I suspect your ability will improve relatively quickly. Given budget constraints (and how much you're going to need to spend on boots) you should probably look at renting, buying used skis or leasing skis to start with. With your size and weight you're going to need skis that are longer and stiffer than what would typically be recommended for your ability. I could easily you see you starting out on a 150cm ski for intermediates and getting to the point where you would need an advanced level ski (stiffness wise) in the 165-175cm length after 5-10 days on snow. For a small hill in the Ontario region, a slalom type ski would be the right choice for "type" of ski. A good shop can work with you to get you on the right gear and let you exchange gear until you find what you need. It'll be more expensive than trying to get the best deal on your own, but it will be worthwhile insurance to avoid getting a deal on skis that won't work well for you,


Remember that opening comment about building a relationship with your shop? With a limited budget, things like bringing a 6 pack of Molson with you, referring friends and doing "homework" like you're doing here will help a lot. Make sure to invest in a pair of ski socks before you go boot shopping and bring them with you to the shop. Be upfront with the shop about what your budget and expectations are and don't fight them if they tell you you're expectations are unrealistic. Even a good shop will try to sell you the gear you say you want (as opposed to what they think is the best choice for you) if you don't want to hear any bad news. And a bad shop will try to sell you what they have vs what you need. Have a good conversation about how they do business and what you are looking for before you talk about specific gear to purchase.


I've started this thread in our "ask the boot guys" forum. This is a restricted forum where only selected professional boot fitters can respond. Let's see what they have to say. If we need to we can get the question reposted under your id so you can make posts in that thread if you need to.

post #4 of 4

There are plenty of good shops in Ontario that should be able to find a fit.


Skiis and Bikes

Sign of the Skier Toronto on Yonge 

Corbetts - Oakville (ASOGEAR is the online side)

Squire Johns - Collingwood

In Barrie on Bayfield (sorry don't know the name, just the location)

The ski shop at the Peaks (Private Club but public access to the shop)


These shops have boot fitters.


Good Luck

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