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Not Another One!!!! Old Skier New Skis [in Indiana, skied 1990s skis this winter after 9 year hiatus]

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Be patient with me, I'm new to this forum but have skied, in Michigan and a little out west since I was 5 and am now 34.  I haven't skied since 2006 until this winter where I used my straight skis from 90's.  I would say that I am now a 7 to 8 on the 1-9 scale because of not skiing forever and being older.  My question is, do you think it would be a waste of time to rent shaped skis and try them out and see if I like them or go to a store and answer questions on how I skied back then haha "rental ski's are not always the best shape?  I live in southern Indiana now so there are only two hills close by.  I have used shape skis back in 2006 in Colorado for a couple runs and like them. 

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Be patient with me, I'm new to this forum but have skied, in Michigan and a little out west since I was 5 and am now 34.  I haven't skied since 2006 until this winter where I used my straight skis from 90's.  I would say that I am now a 7 to 8 on the 1-9 scale because of not skiing forever and being older.  My question is, do you think it would be a waste of time to rent shaped skis and try them out and see if I like them or go to a store and answer questions on how I skied back then haha "rental ski's are not always the best shape?  I live in southern Indiana now so there are only two hills close by.  I have used shape skis back in 2006 in Colorado for a couple runs and like them. 


Welcome to EpicSki!  Just one warning . . 34 is not "old" around here.  When I started skiing regularly as a parent of a kid just learning with the help of ski school, I was almost 50.

 

If you can rent "demo" skis instead of regular rental fleet skis, definitely worth it.  My first time on "shaped" skis was at Heavenly from a free demo tent back in 2000.  For me, it was obvious from the first run that it was time to rent instead of continuing to use my straight skis that were over my head.

 

How old are your boots?

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My boots are from 1997 when I ski raced, they are technica.  I can't believe how much has changed since I was younger.  Everybody is carving now, that was what you would do before ski team practice.  I think we used to call it power turns? 

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I don't know what your options are for demoing skis where you live. Basic rental skis are beginner-oriented. If you have a shop that rents more advanced skis--demos--you probably can rent once or twice and then apply the rental cost to the purchase of new skis. If you are planning a trip out west you would have a lot more options demoing and buying there. You will definitely like "shaped" skis (there are no other kind anymore) once you get used to the idea that they turn much more easily and will be wider and shorter than what you are used to. The issue is not whether to buy or rent new skis vs using your old ones, but which new skis. You'll have to do the math and decide if it makes economic sense to invest in new gear based on how much you ski and whether you will be skiing anywhere other than a small hill in Indiana. And I might as well say it before someone else does but if you want to upgrade your gear you should start with the boots, and I imagine your options for finding a competent bootfitter are slim to none where you live. That might best wait until a trip to a big mountain. While you can continue to have fun with your old boots and skis, especially on your little hill, your bindings may well be unsafe and they're old enough that a shop won't test them. 

The real solution to your problem is to quit your job and if necessary your family and move out west where you will have many more options and much better skiing.

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My boots are from 1997 when I ski raced, they are technica.  I can't believe how much has changed since I was younger.  Everybody is carving now, that was what you would do before ski team practice.  I think we used to call it power turns? 


I kept using my 1990s boots for a while when I was only skiing every 2-3 years during a ski trip out west.  I rented skis.  Wasn't worth the drive to ski in the NC mountains since my spouse doesn't ski (still doesn't).  When I got my daughter started (11 years ago), I rented for both of us until it was clear I had a ski buddy.  Then I bought used skis off eBay to give myself time to learn about skis.  Went to a demo day at a local hill.  Then bought "new old stock" based on what I learned checking out a few skis during the summer for a good price.

 

Boots are another story.

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I am going to go to Snowshoe West Virginia next winter and get a one day a week pass for Southern Indiana too for next winter.  If I buy anything it will be old new stuff. 

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Thanks for the info, I will ask around about demos and stuff like that.  A lady asked me how I could ski on my old skis and I told her that is how I learned.  She thought they looked like cross country skis ha!   Whoops I double posted.

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Thanks for the info, I will ask around about demos and stuff like that.  A lady asked me how I could ski on my old skis and I told her that is how I learned.  She thought they looked like cross country skis ha!   Whoops I double posted.


One reason I ended up buying boots during a demo weekend at Sugar in NC in Dec 2008 was that all the reps were laughing at my vintage rear-entry boots.  There are a couple shops right across from Sugar who have decent boot fitters.  Ended up spending a couple hours and walked out with rec level boots for under $300 from a previous season.  I was an intermediate at that point, so they were way better than my old boots and certainly better than any rental boot.  Took me a few years to realize that there was an experienced boot fitter who owned a shop 30 min from my house (central NC).  By the time I was ready to invest in better boots, I'd learned a lot about boot fitting and the various options that are possible when tweaks are needed.

 

I took my old boots and skis on a business trip in the 1990s to Reno when I had time to ski at Mt. Rose for a day before the conference started.  Was pretty funny at the rental shop in town where the folks who went with me got gear.  One guy was at least 6 feet tall.  I'm 5'0".  He was a beginner.  I went an intermediate skiing groomers only.  His rental skis were shorter than my straight skis.  That was the first time I realized how much skis had changed.

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I heard something like my boots won't fit new bindings because of the style of boot, is this true?  Yeah my old skis are olin RTS vintage 1994 or so, I was skiing and I saw my Salomon racing skis holding up signs!  I just sighed and kept on skiing and thinking "oh the good ole days of ski totes and fluorescent colors" haha. 

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I am going to go to Snowshoe West Virginia next winter and get a one day a week pass for Southern Indiana too for next winter.  If I buy anything it will be old new stuff. 


Which ski area in southern indiana?

 

If you are going to Perfect North I would check out the ski swap at the ski area. I would also check out Ski Train Depot which is about 5 minutes from ski area. Myron typically has good deals on used equipment in good condition. If you are as good as you say you are invest the money and get your own skis and newer boots. Also look online for clearance deals on skis. Offseason can have great opportunities to buy skis. The other thing to consider is a season long rental. You can get an add on to your pass at Perfect North for $100 to include rentals.


Edited by ohioskier - 3/3/16 at 12:25pm
post #11 of 14
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It would be perfect north, its closer to my house and the runs look a little better. I will look into the ski swap and ski train depot. Ohio skier I live in northern kentucky.
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What is your weight and boot size
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Boot size is a 9 and my weight is 180, alot more than the 90s haha
I think my skis cracked when i got on them.
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