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So we live in NE ohio - They are going to start learning how to ski this winter as boston mills,  a SMALL hill her locally in NE ohio (Cleveland).  there is a ski school instruction every sunday for the whole season.  I thought I should get them some used skiis.  What should I look for?  sizing, etc?  since their feet are still growing how should I handle that?  Any suggestions welcome

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So we live in NE ohio - They are going to start learning how to ski this winter as boston mills,  a SMALL hill her locally in NE ohio (Cleveland).  there is a ski school instruction every sunday for the whole season.  I thought I should get them some used skiis.  What should I look for?  sizing, etc?  since their feet are still growing how should I handle that?  Any suggestions welcome


Is there a ski shop around that does season leases?  For beginner kids still growing, that can be the simplest approach until it's clear it's worth buying boots and skis.  Of course, with two girls you have the possibility of handing down gear to the younger kid.

 

I live in the southeast.  We did daily rentals for my daughter age 4-5 (<6 days per season) and then leased for a couple seasons (10-15 days per season) before buying at a ski swap.  I had to drive to another state to find a swap (visited friends that weekend), but came away with boots, skis, and poles for <$150.  By then, I had learned enough to know how to shop.

 

You might ask in the ongoing Midwest thread:

http://www.epicski.com/t/147531/2016-2017-midwest-season-whats-new

 

Have you checked out these tips for parents in Family Skiing?

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/145858/budget-ski-tips-for-young-family-skiers

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The reason I was asking is there is a ski swap tomorrow at the local slope.  So I thought I would go there and see what they had.  I will not have my kids with me but I have their Height and feet measurements.  Really just wanted to know if I should buy?  I guess I could go to a local shop and lease?  didn't even though that was an option.

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The reason I was asking is there is a ski swap tomorrow at the local slope.  So I thought I would go there and see what they had.  I will not have my kids with me but I have their Height and feet measurements.  Really just wanted to know if I should buy?  I guess I could go to a local shop and lease?  didn't even though that was an option.


If you haven't bought boots for the kids before, don't think it's a good idea to try to do that without having them with you.  While you could buy skis for the older girl, may be better to lease for the first season.  Depends on how much effort you are willing to go to sell stuff later on when they are outgrown stuff.

 

There are also shops that do a "buy back" program for kids.  Meaning you buy new, then get fixed percentage in credit when you return the next season for something bigger.

 

With a season lease, if a kid has a growth spurt during the winter then it's sometimes possible to get something larger.  That's assuming there is inventory left.  In VA, all the gear available for season lease can be gone by late Oct.

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We rent because the kids get free season passes out of the deal.

 

 My kids are two years apart, so the younger one was able to use the older one's gear.  I was able to sell the used equipment for what I paid.  If you start looking on craislist now you should be all set in December.

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