New member here, and I'm sure this topic has been covered before but I didnt see anything to close in the first few pages of threads so I decided to start my own.
I used to ski every year about 10 days combined east coast/west coast and started at 4 up until age 20. Since that point I've had accounting jobs/school that wouldnt allow me to take time off in the January-April time frame so I've missed out for 10 years. Fast forward to now, 30 with a wife and will be taking her (plus a group of 4 others) to snowbird/alta (been 3x myself).
I'm 6'2 190-200lbs in pretty good shape, used to be able to ski most terrain at snowbird and crested butte to give an idea of skill level except for some of the more ridiculous double blacks, not sure whether or not I could have just never had the desire to push it that far... I think I'm somewhere between intermediate and advanced I guess since I havent skied in 10 years (although I expect it to be like riding a bike as I'm still active and participate in some watersports). I mostly like skiing the bowls with some moguls but more-so enjoy the bowls. My wife is 5'8 140 in great shape (never skied though)
I have 2003/2004 X-screams (approx 195 cm) and 2002 ascendo (~175cm) and have my own set of poles/boots etc. . Also have my mom's old rosignols (cant remember the model) but they are circa 2000 and she skied blue groomers nothing crazy - her and my wife are about the same size and athletic build and share the same shoe size so the boots and skis would be the right fit I think.
I guess what I've had a hard time finding is should I rent or just use my own skis, and should I put my wife on my old ski's/ my moms old skis or just rent. By the time I check luggage and tune my skis it looks like the rentals will be about $80-100 more for the entire trip for us in total (40-50 per person). Part of me views it like new tennis shoes (do they really make you jump higher run faster) but at the same time the equipment is 10+ years old. $40-50 pp isnt a big deal at all, I just dont really want to waste it either if my skis are perfectly fine and it wont make any difference. At the same time I def want my wife to have a really great time as it will make the pitch to go back out every year a lot easier.
Is the equipment at Alta/snowbird that you would rent a huge step up from what I have? I wouldnt get the most expensive demo package but most likely the high performance package for myself and the base versions for my wife since she will be learning. I plan to put her in ski school for 2 days?
I plan to take a trip out west per year for 4-5 days skiing from now until I die, those 10 years were horrible. I dont really want to buy new equipment.since I dont use it quite enough in my opinion.
Any thoughts / opinions would be greatly appreciated.