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post #1 of 12
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hello! new to the forums!

here's the situation: i began skiing a few years ago. took some lessons. went with some friends. i always rented skis. well, last winter, i went skiiing a lot. i went to colorado once and met some guys there...and one of them really thought i needed my own gear considering how much i enjoyed skiing and how adequate skiier i am.

so for this winter, i want my own gear! however, i know NOTHING about ski equipment!

i'm a pretty small but very fit, athletic guy. 5'5", 140 lbs. i mostly just downhill ski at resorts and well trafficked mountains. i haven't really tried skiing backcountry on uncut snow. HOWEVER...i am interested in cross country skiing this winter! i love endurance sports...i'm a runner, cyclists, triathlete during the summer so the idea of a winter endurance sport like cross country sounds appealing.

is there a ski that can serve multiple purposes? cross country and downhill? i'm guessing no. what size skiis would you recommend? if you could recommend gear for both downhill and cross-country, that'd be FANTASTIC!!!! ski's, boots, poles, everything! i'm going on a spending spree!
post #2 of 12
There's lots of consensus that you should first focus on boots and I'd really try to get recommendations on good boot fitters who either work near where you live or ski. Getting a good boot fit is really important and finding a good bootfitter is central in getting good boot fit. As for brands it will largely come down to the size and shape of your foot. A good bootfitter will be able to evaluate your foot and guide you to a model or two that are apprpriate candidates. Boots often need a lot of so it's a plus if you can find somene either near where you live or somewhere you ski frequently. Cross country and downhill equipment are completely different.
post #3 of 12
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Originally Posted by RISkier View Post
There's lots of consensus that you should first focus on boots and I'd really try to get recommendations on good boot fitters who either work near where you live or ski. Getting a good boot fit is really important and finding a good bootfitter is central in getting good boot fit. As for brands it will largely come down to the size and shape of your foot. A good bootfitter will be able to evaluate your foot and guide you to a model or two that are apprpriate candidates. Boots often need a lot of so it's a plus if you can find somene either near where you live or somewhere you ski frequently. Cross country and downhill equipment are completely different.
thanks! alright...i'll try to find a boot fitter around me!
post #4 of 12
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ok...i'm running into a brick wall. from everything that i've been able to find, there are no competent boot fitters anywhere in michigan...

now what?
post #5 of 12
Post a question in the "Ask the Boot Guys" forum. They may be able to recommend someone in your area.
post #6 of 12
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ok...i'm running into a brick wall. from everything that i've been able to find, there are no competent boot fitters anywhere in michigan...

now what?
How about these guys?

Sun & Snow Sports / CanoeSport
2471 W. Stadium Blvd.
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
Center Corner of WESTGATE MALL
Phone: (734) 663-9515

I found them on bootfitters.com
post #7 of 12
Hi CeleryStalksMe, and welcome to EpicSki!

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is there a ski that can serve multiple purposes? cross country and downhill? i'm guessing no.
Have you ever tried telemark? If not, I recommend renting some gear and takinig a lesson or two. Telemark gear is a cross between traditional nordic (cross-country) equipment and modern alpine equipment, with the most notable difference from alpine gear being the absence of the heel binding. Generally lighter than alpine gear, and with the free heel, it is much better suited to back country touring. And, with good technique, some telemark gear is as capable on resort trails and steep descents as true alpine gear. Give it a try!

Best regards,
Bob Barnes
post #8 of 12
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How about these guys?

Sun & Snow Sports / CanoeSport
2471 W. Stadium Blvd.
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
Center Corner of WESTGATE MALL
Phone: (734) 663-9515

I found them on bootfitters.com
This may or may not be a good option. I've worked with them a bit for years and years but never in regards to boots. Their long time lead ski equipment guy recently left. They may very well give you great product and service, but I would certainly make them earn my trust.
post #9 of 12
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Originally Posted by celerystalksme View Post
ok...i'm running into a brick wall. from everything that i've been able to find, there are no competent boot fitters anywhere in michigan...

now what?
Looks as if you'll need to take a trip to Whistler! Lucky you.

First and most important step is your bootfitter. You seem to know that, so I think you'll be OK.
post #10 of 12
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Looks as if you'll need to take a trip to Whistler! Lucky you.

First and most important step is your bootfitter. You seem to know that, so I think you'll be OK.
where's whistler? i'm thinking i'll have to take a winter trip to colorado or something...poor me!
post #11 of 12
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where's whistler? i'm thinking i'll have to take a winter trip to colorado or something...poor me!
Now your thinking like a skier! Whistler is large (5,000+ feet of vertical) in British Columbia. If you can't find a bootfitter near where you live that you trust, buying during a ski vacation has, IMO, advantages and disadvantages. The advantage is you can get fit, go ski for a while and then go back and have any adjustments, then go back and ski, etc. The downside is that the time you spend getting the boots right is time your not on the hill.
post #12 of 12
Cost of doing it at the resort could also be a downside, but then again perhaps not. Definitely pros/cons to each.
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