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post #1 of 23
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Hey guys, I just got into skiing last winter (been skiing twice in my life). I enjoyed it so much I was dreaming about the experience. I am looking to buy my first set of skis/boots. I do not know what size skis I need I am 5'10", 175 pounds. I caught on very quickly and was going down a few black diamonds without too much difficulty and carving most of the way down (although I did have to slow myself down once or twice). I am located in the east coast and ski in the Poconos. I was looking to spend around $350(hopefully including boots). I can spend a little more if I really need to, but would prefer not to. Can anyone give me suggestions on what skis to look at/what size skis I need. I would greatly appreciate any advice. Thanks in advance.
post #2 of 23
Greetings, nujie06, and welcome to EpicSki. There is a wealth of information here that you can learn from, so please spend some time to look around.

As far as your question, my strong advice is to focus on the boots and plan to rent skis for a year or two. You are likely to advance in your skills dramatically for the first couple of years, and being able to move up the ladder of skis based on your skills and preferences will be very valuable. Of course, if you're going to ski 40+ days this year, then it makes sense to purchase, even if you trade up next year.

That said, you're not leaving much budget for decent gear. I strongly recommend finding a real boot specialist, even at your early stage. Being truly fit and in balance can make all the difference early on.

Welcome to our great sport! Stop back here often. Let us know how you're making out. And we'll see you on the slopes...
post #3 of 23
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the quick response, how much money do good boots cost on average? Also, can I rent skis based on the boots I own?
post #4 of 23
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Thanks for the quick response, how much money do good boots cost on average? Also, can I rent skis based on the boots I own?
Yes, all alpine boot soles are standardized, so will work with any rental alpine skis.

That said, the boot costs vary. There are sales going on now, but I will strongly encourage you to find a good boot person in your area. Perhaps folks like Phil will have a recommendation for you on that. That expertise is key! How far are you willing to go do find a good specialist?
post #5 of 23
yes you can, and if you buy skis, go short and soft. any good ski shop should be able to help you out. Buy from them. If you do, they will be more likely to help you out.
post #6 of 23
Spend the money on good-fitting boots. Then, if you have enough money left over, get some second hand skis at a ski swap, here in the buy and sell forum, ebay, or on consignment. It is sometimes a hassle getting rental skis with your own boots. Even though it shouldn't be and I've never had a problem doing that, I have friends who have. Don't spend a lot of money on beginner skis; it doesn't take long to go from beginner to intermediate.
post #7 of 23
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I currently live in Philadelphia with not too much free time. I go to college full time and work at a hospital during my weekends. Anyone know of a boot specialist close to philadelphia? Also as my skill level goes up, I wont need to upgrade my boots for some time right?
post #8 of 23
If you get the right boots (big if without a good boot specialist!), that's right.

I'm sure someone does! Phil? Others?
post #9 of 23

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Nujie 06, All boot info. is good advice. Look up beginner skier Forum and you will get some tips to prevent you from making some mistakes when taking up skiing. Welcome to Epic. HINT. Watch saying you ski black diamonds with 2 days on skis. You are leaving yourself WIDE open for abuse.
post #10 of 23
Thanks for the reminder, Pete. Beginner Forum here.
post #11 of 23
Thread Starter 
Thanks, Im looking through the beginner forums now. Sorry, wasnt trying to brag that I went down a black diamond, just tying to show the amount of experience I've had and I thought saying "gone sking twice" might not show experience.
post #12 of 23
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If you get the right boots (big if without a good boot specialist!), that's right.

I'm sure someone does! Phil? Others?
What town are you in? We have some very good ski shops in the Philly area.
post #13 of 23
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I currently live in Philadelphia with not too much free time. I go to college full time and work at a hospital during my weekends. Anyone know of a boot specialist close to philadelphia? Also as my skill level goes up, I wont need to upgrade my boots for some time right?
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What town are you in? We have some very good ski shops in the Philly area.
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post #14 of 23
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Or I should have said what part of Philly...It depends on which way I will send him.
post #15 of 23
Thread Starter 
Im located in university city, 40th and Baltimore to be exact, do you know of any boot specialist in philadelphia?
post #16 of 23
Thread Starter 
I am also willing to drive 2-3 hrs on a boot specialist.
post #17 of 23
I was waiting to see Phil's reply here...
post #18 of 23
> Anyone know of a boot specialist close to Philadelphia?
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> I am also willing to drive 2-3 hrs on a boot specialist.

I’m see no one replied to your boot question here or in the boot fitter forum yet, so here’s my list. There are no shops in the city, everything is in the suburbs and beyond. All the shops below get favorable mention by the regulars on here when the topic comes up:

Langhorne Ski & Sport – Fairless Hills, PA

Danzeisen & Quigley – Cherry Hill, NJ

Salter’s – Eagleville, PA, NW of King of Prussia

Wick’s – Exton, PA

A little further out:

Nestor’s – Allentown, PA (relatively easy access when driving on the NE Extension of the PA Turnpike)

Pinnacle Sports, Reading, PA

Even more further out:

Idlewild Ski Shop – Uniondale, PA -- North of Scranton, en route to a ski area.

And this list would not be complete without mentioning one more name, Billy Kaplan. He goes by Cantman on here. He’s in Trevose, PA, and he’s a bootfitter only, doesn’t sell boots. Other shops refer special cases to him, or you contact him directly for fitting. I’ve been to him after some others couldn’t correct a problem, and can highly recommend, he’d be my first choice.
post #19 of 23
Send Finndog a PM;

He had his plug boots fitted in your area.

Michael
post #20 of 23
That fitting work was done by Billy Kaplan, I believe.

But it might be a stretch considering the posters budget, "$350, hopefully...", which is for skis and boots. I'd think he/she might be better off going to a few of the shops, mention situation (purchasing first pair of boots), ask if any good deals on last year's models, try on as many as they suggest. Repeat this at a few shops, comparison shop. Then buy boots at the shop most comfortable with, and rent skis for the entire season, per the suggestion above. Renting the skis where he buys the boots will simplify things a bit, too.
post #21 of 23
When you decide on a shop for the boots, (or better yet, if you go to a few shops), check out what their ski rental selection looks like.

Your $350 budget may well be taken up by boots and some custom insoles (highly recommended).

When you get your boots, try to make a special deal on rentals at the shop. Try different things, and you'll see what you like, then during next summer you should be able to find some great deals on what you liked best.

Of course, the normal mantra is to demo, demo, demo on different skis, and sometimes you can find this by searching the web, then get a full day of trying different things - like a kid in a candy store.
post #22 of 23
Nujie06,
Welcome to Pa. skiing. Philpug gives free lessons at Blue Mtn. (That's a inside joke and is not true). Come to John Harvards in Wayne tomorrow night and meet the PHilly bears.
Some other thoughts:
Most of the dedicated ski shops in Philly have persons who work only in the boot part of the shop and are boot specialist. Call around to one of the local shops and ask to speak to someone who does nothing but boots. Ask how long they have been boot specialist. Meet them during a quiet time and I think you will get to try on several pairs and get some good advice. Don't buy on the first pass. I've been to Buckman's in Valley Forge (This was not on ex-coal miners list but is a quality shop), and, I know they have boot specialists on their staff. I tried on boots there and thought the person I was working with was competent. Unless you have foot issues in normal shoes, a specialist should be able to find a pair for you. At least get measured, find out if you have wide or narrow feet, and know your boot size. Check out their websites and they all have pre-sales going on and they do include some used boots.

For skis, first I'd do a post in the used equipment section (Phil's Garage) and state what you need and your budget. One of the local bears, evan silver, was giving skis away last spring. You will have to pay for shipping and binding adjustment. You can also check out ebay or Craig's list for the Philly area, but, you would need a trusted friend to steer you in the right direction as much of the equipment is antiquated.

Good luck.
post #23 of 23
I second teh recommendation of Billy Kaplan (cantman) for serious work in the Philly area, I had some work done with him at the end of last season (Full TR to follow soon) , and he knows his stuff and does a great job. I am not sure what he can do with you yet since you are a beginner on a limited budget and starting form scratch, but I would at least email him and see what he advises you. (check your PM for contact info)
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