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Need equipement advice: Back to skiing for first time in 5 years...

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Hi everyone, new member here! My wife and I went skiing over the thanksgiving break up at Whistler and had an unbelievable time. In fact, it was so great, we both decided it's time to get new skis. To put this in perspective, it was my first time on skis in over 5 years, and her first time in 10+.

That being said, I'm not a beginner. Here's a little about me:

31 yo 6' 175. Athletic build (play baseball, slalom waterski, etc).

My last pair of skis are Saloman Super Force 9-2s (PR8 length) with 997 EXP bindings set at 10 DIN. Boots are Lange RX-8. We rented shaped skis at whistler and it was fabulous. Easy to turn, etc. Rental Boots left much to be desired however.

According to the PSIA Skier level thingy, I'd guess I'm about a 5-6 right now, after one weekend back to skiing in 5 years. In the past I was probably a 7 or so.

So the real question is, I have NO idea about equipment today, I need to find something capable, but not too much money. I don't know what length, what style (big, all, free?) I prefer skiing fast, big turns. Powder or groomers don't matter to me. I put on my old boots, and christ, were they uncomfortable. I think the most important thing right now is comfort, not performance, so recommend away!
post #2 of 8
I get folks in the store all the time that are just getting back to the sport. Here is a link to the way we walk them through all the confusion of looking at new skis. This is some basic step by step info to get you started and maybe to help you take a look at your priorities.

http://www.sierrasnowboard.com/forum....asp?TID=11116


SJ
post #3 of 8
Thread Starter 
Great article. Here are my answers to those questions:
  • Step #1: Qualify the ski category by terrain preference.
    • Probably a combination of groomed/ungroomed. I'd say 60% groomed?
  • Step #2: Qualify the SKIER by ability/aggressiveness.
    • I like fast and big turns. Not a fan of bumps. Steep doesn't worry me.
  • Step #3: Consider skiers stature.
    • 6' 175-180.
Does that help? I think first, I'm trying to figure out what length and width of skis I want... From the sounds of it from that article, somewhere around 175 and 80?
post #4 of 8
Corren:

I think SJ and other would concur, you need to score some proper boots first. Then worry about the skis.



SJ should have some tips on bootfiting on his site, plus there is some to be found

here: http://forums.epicski.com/showthread.php?t=58683


and here: http://www.techsupportforskiers.com/ (use the "Boot Fit" tool at the top)


Get the boots first! Cuz you could score the sweetest skis and they'll be wonky as all get out if your boots are sloppy and ill-fitting.



as for choosing a length in a ski, it will depend on what you end up going for. I'm 5'11' and between 175-190 (fluctuates during the season) and I like my skis to be in the 180-185cm length range.

when i was making the shift to "shaped" skis i found this sizing chart helpful in terms of determining what sizes to demo:
http://www.skis.com/guides/guide_skis.html

have fun!
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Originally Posted by Corren View Post
Great article. Here are my answers to those questions:
  • Step #1: Qualify the ski category by terrain preference.
    • Probably a combination of groomed/ungroomed. I'd say 60% groomed?
  • Step #2: Qualify the SKIER by ability/aggressiveness.
    • I like fast and big turns. Not a fan of bumps. Steep doesn't worry me.
  • Step #3: Consider skiers stature.
    • 6' 175-180.
Does that help? I think first, I'm trying to figure out what length and width of skis I want... From the sounds of it from that article, somewhere around 175 and 80?
Your terrain preferences would indicate starting in the range of 76-82mm, but you could go wider than that if you want to shade the performance more toward soft and deepish vs. groomed or skier packed.

You sound as if you are fairly agressive at least on the groomers. This could suggest one of the stiffer skis within the width range.

You are pretty much Joe Average in stature so normally that would indicate about a 170-175 for a mostly groomer ski and perhaps 174-178 or so for a ski with better off trail capabilities.

The suggestion about adressing boots first is correct.

SJ
post #6 of 8
Thread Starter 
When we go shopping this weekend, we'll be addressing boots first and foremost. My priorities for boots is 1) Fit, 2) Price.

Do stiffer skis generally correlate to aggressiveness?
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Originally Posted by Corren View Post
When we go shopping this weekend, we'll be addressing boots first and foremost. My priorities for boots is 1) Fit, 2) Price.

Do stiffer skis generally correlate to aggressiveness?
Generally.

SJ
post #8 of 8
Thread Starter 
Well, I've requested an appointment with Jim Bates at Custom Boot Service here in seattle (a Bear recommended fitter) to identify what I should do for new boots/footbeds, etc. Once I get that figured out I'll start working on my skis.
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