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post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 
So I posted over in the beginner board, but no luck. I need new gear, and I am really an old beginner. I am wondering what will handle variable conditions and my ineptness. I had a nice set of volants, but loaned em out and now there junk, they were old anyhow. So I am curious what you folks who know think.
post #2 of 12
Need to know some stats about you in order to make proper suggestions:

Weight, height, gender, experience (days/seasons skied, lessons, etc), goals for the season, amount of days you plan on skiing per season, areas/terrain you'll ski?
post #3 of 12
Thread Starter 
5'8" 145# Most likely will ski a dozen times this year, male, will ski at bridger, Terry Peak and Deer Mountain in SD. I guess I am a beginner with a little european experiance. I really enjoy it, I just quit to work for about 10 years, I am 40.
post #4 of 12
Find some store you trust. Get a solid intermediate or high inter ski, integrated ski (comes with bindings), length of ski maybe eyeball or nose height, get them waxed properly, take a couple of lessons to get back into things, and have fun! Bob
post #5 of 12
You would prob do best with a sporty all mt package. Spend the $$ on your BOOTS. These will be a lifetime item for a guy like you so make sure you are happy with them and they are sporty enough for your ability.

Remember - comfy in the shop is not a great sign. These are not loafers. Remember they will pack out over time. If you get the sense your bootfitter is not up to the task - run don't walk.

Get a ski with a fairly radical shaped geometry. You will prob enjoy something in the165-175 cm range. Prob shorter will be more fun initially.

Think about a helmet.

Take a lesson to get the most out of your new equip! Welcome back.
post #6 of 12
Rent something. Volkl unlimited AC or Tiger, Dynastar 4800 or Contact, etc.
Don't buy for awhile unless you have to.
post #7 of 12
Thread Starter 
Well the issue I have is its quite some distance to a ski shop of any kind. The boots I Understand, and does anyone know of a shop around Bozemen Mt. That you would recomend. The shop in Rapid City SD is actually close to me, but they are not what I would call Pro's. The last time I was in there they were more interested in pc gaming then selling anything. I go to Montana every month for National Guard so its not out of my way.
post #8 of 12
What the heck is an "old beginner" ...

Like how old? Not just an academic question it matters.

If you are going to be on the blue groomers at your weight stick with something like 165.

Check the web sites of the areas you will ski .... some areas offer half price with an active military ID card. You may get lucky.

Take a lesson. We don't hop like freakin bunnies now ... :

Get the helmet; it protects you from them. They are out there and they are trying to kill you.

Alpha Mike Foxtrot ..... Yuki .... :
post #9 of 12
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Originally Posted by Yuki View Post
What the heck is an "old beginner" ...

Like how old? Not just an academic question it matters.

If you are going to be on the blue groomers at your weight stick with something like 165.

Check the web sites of the areas you will ski .... some areas offer half price with an active military ID card. You may get lucky.

Take a lesson. We don't hop like freakin bunnies now ... :

Get the helmet; it protects you from them. They are out there and they are trying to kill you.

Alpha Mike Foxtrot ..... Yuki .... :
Yuki, in another thread you said you liked snow bunnies
post #10 of 12
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Yuki View Post
What the heck is an "old beginner" ...

Like how old? Not just an academic question it matters.

If you are going to be on the blue groomers at your weight stick with something like 165.

Check the web sites of the areas you will ski .... some areas offer half price with an active military ID card. You may get lucky.

Take a lesson. We don't hop like freakin bunnies now ... :

Get the helmet; it protects you from them. They are out there and they are trying to kill you.


Alpha Mike Foxtrot ..... Yuki .... :

I am 41, I never hopped like a bunnie, I always thought that was silly. My last pair of ski's were volants, at 177 the last non shaped model they made I think. I have come to understand from reading all the stuff here, that the newer ski you want a little shorter, that makes sense, especialy if they are more responsive. My son snowboards and is fairly good at it, but I agree they are out to kill.
post #11 of 12
Thread Starter 
Thoughts on K2 Apache Recons? Mod 12 bindings?
post #12 of 12
Thread Starter 
Ok Mind change number 3 I am now thinking Apache Raiders or Sabre's.
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