Originally Posted by sbbamafan
Might you or anyone else here have any recommendations? I am intermediate skill level without the desire to go a lot faster anytime soon, strickly recreational. I am 6'0 and weigh about 190, 41 years old (and I mean old). I am on a real tight budget and will likely only ski 1-3 times a year. I'm not looking for top level gear, I just don't want to rent anymore. Will either by used in Play It Again or maybe on ebay.
Do you already own boots? If not, I'd suggest that you make those your first purchase - find something you can afford at one of the chain sport stores (maybe from last year's stock) and find someone that seems to have half a clue about how they should fit. Your first clue that you have a decent fitter is that they take the liner out and have you stand in the shell.
If you have boots already, I would still look for a more modern recreational ski. Again, something from last year or the year before, but not back to the '90s. While you're on a budget, I can't imagine it'll be a good investment of any dollars in something that might (will?) limit your enjoyment of this great sport.
I hope that helps. If not, ignore me and keep posting - there are lots of knowledgeable folks here.