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I'm getting back into skiing after a 20-year layoff, and equipment has changed dramatically. I was an advanced recreational skier when I stopped, skiing on Pre 190cm's and Salomon SX71 boots. Recently rented Rossi Experience 158s and boots at the nice small mountain at The Homestead, Va., and they were easy to handle. I'm not ready to buy all new equipment (though I'd also appreciate recommendations for a 61-year-old-guy, 5'9, 175 lbs, whose skied everything from Maine to N.C., plus Colorado and Idaho, and won Nastar silver and bronze at Snowmass and Aspen-Buttermilk in '96.) I'm looking locally to buy used, and I like the look of a pair of Dynastar SCross 178s (probably from 2004) with Look NX bindings for $60. Can anybody offer an opinion about those, or recommend some other way to buy used skis?

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I'm getting back into skiing after a 20-year layoff, and equipment has changed dramatically. I was an advanced recreational skier when I stopped, skiing on Pre 190cm's and Salomon SX71 boots. Recently rented Rossi Experience 158s and boots at the nice small mountain at The Homestead, Va., and they were easy to handle. I'm not ready to buy all new equipment (though I'd also appreciate recommendations for a 61-year-old-guy, 5'9, 175 lbs, whose skied everything from Maine to N.C., plus Colorado and Idaho, and won Nastar silver and bronze at Snowmass and Aspen-Buttermilk in '96.) I'm looking locally to buy used, and I like the look of a pair of Dynastar SCross 178s (probably from 2004) with Look NX bindings for $60. Can anybody offer an opinion about those, or recommend some other way to buy used skis?


Welcome to EpicSki!  It's not just the skis that have changed, it's also boots.  If you want to get something cheap, best way is to go to a ski swap in the fall.

 

It's fair to say that skis that are more than 3-4 years old are . . . usually not worth very much.

 

Any chance you are free Feb. 19-21?  A small group is getting together at Blue Knob in western PA.

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Retread, I guess it depends a bit on your goals.

Are you looking to find a ski you really like, or just trying to get something okay to avoid the hassle and cost of renting? I think there are lots of great used skis out there. Here in Seattle, Craig's List has hundreds and hundreds of them for sale. Most any fairly current mid to higher performance skis will be a decent ski. In order to determine if you prefer this or that type of ski, I think you will need to continue renting for a while, trying different types and lengths of skis. 

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Unfortunately OP is *not* in an area where skis are in plentiful supply on Craigslist - and  those that show up can be very easily overpriced simply because there isn't competition.

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Cantunamunch, my bad, I did not stop to consider his location and how common used skis would be there. We are fortunate to be in an area with a large skiing population.

 

Retread, when you go on a trip skiing, check the local used sporting good stores there. You might find some okay deals, although around here I find their prices tend to be higher than Craig's List. Of course they are a business and need to cover rent and wages. Check the local Craig's List for where you are skiing. When I have gone up to Whistler I have checked the postings there to see if there is something I might be interested in. 

 

Off season deals online from retailers like Evo.com or Backcountry.com can save a considerable amount. I don't recommend buying boots online, you really need to try on as many pairs as you can to find the right fit. 

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Another place to find lower priced new gear is , http://www.skiessentials.com/outlet/clearance-skis.html

 

But Boots should be your first investment.

 

Even if you had to drive to a place with a large selection for skiing, buy boots from a great boot fitter and demo some skis and take a lesson on them. Make a two day trip, new boots the first day or morning, demo ski from that shop (you may even fit in a afternoon lesson that day). If the boots fit well demo skis the second day and take lesson, tell the ski school desk your story.

 

Then shop around for a ski.

post #7 of 10
There is a good boot fitter in Leesburg, VA Pro-Fit Ski and Mountain Sports.
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 I like the look of a pair of Dynastar SCross 178s (probably from 2004) with Look NX bindings for $60. Can anybody offer an opinion about those, or recommend some other way to buy used skis?

 

Actually I had these "back in the day", and they were OK - they made me a Dynastar fan for a while. Not sure if the bindings are still indemnified however., meaning if a shop can still work on them Later Dynastars like 8000 and Mythic Rider's are fine too.

 

I'd add levelninesports.com as another excellent source of lower cost alternatives

post #9 of 10

i'll trhow in powder7 as well as an option, but if your budget is $60 not sure you will have any options except local (or like in the forum marketplace)

post #10 of 10

Welcome back to skiing. Skis have really changed, for the better, in the last 20 years. Try not to get something too old or bottom line. When you're ready for skis, demo some so you'll see what's out there.

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