Originally Posted by PVnRT
I would guess that very few members of this board are held back by skis that don't come up to their skiing abilities.
It's probably just the opposite.
Skis are status symbols. People buy skis that are above their ability levels, planning to grow into them. Some people never do.
More people are probably held back by skis that are too stiff and too demanding than are held back by skis that are too soft and too unresponsive.
mkeveson, don't worry about moving up. You'll know when it's time. Or better yet, take lots of lessons. Your instructors will tell you when your skis are a problem
Good advice. It is usually the skier today that is not up to the skis. Any good instructor will observe that your skills have exceeded your skis designed ability and you can buy skis to match your improved skills.
Don't get into the "golf driver syndrome." Handicap (comparable to intermediate, aspiring skiers) golfers buy $300-800 drivers and expect dramatic improvement when their main problem is their swing mechanics and/or even their athletic ability. They should spend the money on lessons, practice more, play, and then take some more lessons and practice more. When they get to an advanced or expert level then equipment will make more of a difference.
Same with skis. Learn to ski. Intermediate skis today are better carving tools and easier to use than any racing ski of the pre-shaped ski era. Intermediate skis have limits but most recreational intermediates do not exceed them.
Boots are more important than skis anyway. Take a look at those first. And don't think that buying an expert/racing boot or ski will make you better....it is to the contrary.
Good luck and take a lesson from a pro...and ski and ski and ski...and take another lesson. And get a buddy who is an expert and ski with him or her....you might need to upgrade in time. In the meantime, get an honest appraisal from an experineced instructor about your equipment vs your abilities.