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Mega Beginner - need advice on Gear

post #1 of 5
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215lbs
6'
level on scale of 1 to 10 -1
Ski less than 5 times a year

A friend of mine basically gave me his old gear. We are essentially the same size. The boots fit better than any rentals I've had but not knowing jack about skis I wonder if they are for a level or two above me. He has been skiing over 20 years and says they will suit me well. I've been out only a couple of times and am still in the private lesson stage (stuck on turning)

Salomon Crossmax 180's

Too much Ski?

Will get me through?
post #2 of 5
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Adding additional info since I can't figure out how to edit the post above...


The skis are Crossmax Pilot 10's 2003 I think and are 180cm


Apparently not many have an opinion either way due to the lack of posts....
post #3 of 5
They could get you by, although you might try renting something shorter until you get the fundamentals down, chest to chin high (~165 cm -170 cm).

James
post #4 of 5
What kind of boot? What model? If they're too stiff it's probably time to go get a pair of your own. A good boot is the start...
post #5 of 5
You can probably get a good boot under 200$ if you go with last year's models, most ski shops have them. Just try a whoe bunch of them when they store is not busy and see which one is the least uncomfortable. But try to go down in size if possible until it's uncomfortable, then go one about it.

As for the skis, I'm not absolutely sure this would make this much of a difference at this level, at least not while you're mostly snowplowing. I would check to make sure the bindings are set to your level. You don't want to use the equipment of an expert without adjusting the bindings...

Make sure to work on those leg muscle; some regular running can help
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