Originally Posted by man9er9er
Hey guys brand new to the forum
I was searching online for some answers to this question I have and saw how helpful you all are
and figured you may be able to help.
I am looking for a new pair of skis,
I am 15 and have been skiing since I was 4.
I live on the east coast and ski mainly Vermont and Upper NY
I am a higher end intermediate skier
I really like glades and challenging ungroomed downhills.
I do go into the park because my friends seem to like that but glades and such are my passion.
I am 5'5-5'6 and weigh 150 I currently ski on Volkl unlimited AC10's at 156cm.
I have been told that these are Beginner skis and that I should be looking into something that suits my needs more fittingly.
Input as to certain skis and sizes I should look into will really be useful.
I have never really gotten into the equipment side of skiing so any tips would be much appreciated.
Thanks ahead of time!
Hi man9er9er — Welcome to Epic!
I'm not going to talk skis (I'll leave that for others), except to say that if you're an upper intermediate, you could be on longer skis — 165cm +/-, fully cambered, or longer with rocker. There's a universe of ski choices. If you can find a free demo day at one of your mountains, you can try out a bunch of skis for free. (Demo days are posted on resort web sites.)
I'm going to give you the boot talk, though, so that when your feet stop growing, you'll think about spending money on the one piece of gear that improves your skiing. If you've already gone to a real boot fitter (measures your feet in all directions, checks flexibility and ankle mobility, checks your stance, recommends a boot that seems too small, does a shell-fit without liner, then punches, grinds, etc. to make it fit closely but comfortably) you can ignore the following.
Your feet and lower legs are what you use to control your skis. If the connection between your feet and skis is firm and tight, every move you make will be transferred to your skis. You have confidence and control. If that connection is loose and vague, you have much less control over your skis. Most people ski in boots that are at least one or two sizes too big, so most people lack that finest degree of control.
When your feet have stopped growing, save up your money for real, fitted boots. Go to a real boot fitter (people here can recommend one) and spend, say, $400 - $600 (possibly more) on a good pair of boots (the actual fitting work is usually free, if you buy the boot from the fitter). Boots last quite a while, and they'll improve your skiing like no ski can.
Good luck. Tell us where you ski; maybe we can hook you up with a demo day.