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Looking for my first skis

post #1 of 14
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Hi all, I just got a job working at Big Sky Resort for the winter so I am looking for my first set of skis. I'm male, 5'11, and 180 lbs. The only other skis I have used are rentals so I don't have much experience to go on as far as comparing skis. I'd rate myself about a 6-7 skiier. And I will mainly be skiing at Big Sky Resort, of course.

The thing that is most important to me on the slopes is control. I'm not someone who wants to get going blazing fast down the mountain. I enjoy skiing blacks (in the east, at least) but only if I feel like I'm in control and can turn back and forth pretty quickly to keep my speed in check.

Also, I can't afford spending a whole lot. I'm looking at buying used. I've found evogear.com to be a promising site, as well as skiuniverse.com. Also found galacticsnowsports.com but their prices are extremely low and it kind of has me worried about the reputability of those guys.

So if anyone can make a recommendation or point me in the right direction of finding my own, I will be very thankful. This is a great site, looks like a very informed community of winter enthusiasts. Glad I found it!
post #2 of 14
That's easy. K2 PE in a 179cm length. Cheap, fun and versatile as all hell.
post #3 of 14
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Those seem promising, but they are still kind of expensive for me. I want to buy used/demoed to get the best deal and hopefully already have the bindings with the skis as well. I was looking at some Salomon Pilot Verse 8 or 10's or X-Wing Blasts or Tornados. Are those good for what I'm looking for?
post #4 of 14
Depending on what your job is at the mountain you may be able to either pro-form skis through on-site reps, or get deals on gear from their shops. If they have any of last years demos left they will probably cut you a better deal than most other places will.
post #5 of 14
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Originally Posted by JayPowHound View Post
Depending on what your job is at the mountain you may be able to either pro-form skis through on-site reps, or get deals on gear from their shops. If they have any of last years demos left they will probably cut you a better deal than most other places will.
I figured they would have already gotten rid of all of last year's stuff by the time I get up there in November, but I really have no idea how ski resorts handle that kinda stuff so I'll call my supervisor and see if she can fill me in. I'm working the concierge desk so I'm not sure if the ski shops would help me out or not...
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I figured they would have already gotten rid of all of last year's stuff by the time I get up there in November, but I really have no idea how ski resorts handle that kinda stuff so I'll call my supervisor and see if she can fill me in. I'm working the concierge desk so I'm not sure if the ski shops would help me out or not...
Talk to your boss, tell her that you need gear but can't afford to buy new. She'll probably be able to steer you in the right direction at the resort. I don't know anything about big sky in particular, but the pro shop(s), rental centers, etc. should all be giving you some kind of discount as an employee. It's worth looking into.
post #7 of 14
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Originally Posted by JayPowHound View Post
Talk to your boss, tell her that you need gear but can't afford to buy new. She'll probably be able to steer you in the right direction at the resort. I don't know anything about big sky in particular, but the pro shop(s), rental centers, etc. should all be giving you some kind of discount as an employee. It's worth looking into.
Yeah, I get like a 20-30% discount on stuff in the shops. Hopefully that can extend to used gear too.
post #8 of 14
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anyone else have any recommendations? I'm pretty lost with all of the different skis out there.
post #9 of 14

Slooooowww Down....

This is what I would do.....

Wait till I got there. I would then meet the folks in the retail and rental shops...every shop. Let them know I am shopping around for cheap gear to use this season. I would demo some older skis in my price range under a variety of snow conditions, then buy.

Don't worry about them not having any old gear left, they do. Plan on spending 150-200 for 2 or 3 year old, good skis.
post #10 of 14
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This is what I would do.....

Wait till I got there. I would then meet the folks in the retail and rental shops...every shop. Let them know I am shopping around for cheap gear to use this season. I would demo some older skis in my price range under a variety of snow conditions, then buy.

Don't worry about them not having any old gear left, they do. Plan on spending 150-200 for 2 or 3 year old, good skis.
The smart thing to do is probably just wait...getting a little too excited I guess! and around 200 would be perfect. thanks.
post #11 of 14
ebay is a good place to get inexpensive used skis. you just need to know what you are looking for and what is considered good condition. they all say good condition but examine the pics more closely yourself. good luck
post #12 of 14
I'd be excited too if I was about to spend my winter in Montana.

Your patience will pay off if you wait...get up there and try about 5-10 pairs over a few days, then you might know better what you like and dislike. No way to tell until you get there. The advise you get from the people you meet there will be really helpful.

Watch the gear swap threads here and learn what you can...

Thats just what I would do....
post #13 of 14
Dan

Wait.

When you get there, you'll meet lots of folks with skis they want to sell. Unless your feet are really big or really small, the bindings can probably be adjusted to fit your boots. The three rules for picking skis that are never wrong...demo, demo, demo. Try anything and everything before you buy. The difference between different ski models and sizes is tremendous. One pair of skis will totally tax your skill level and another pair will put the biggest grin on your face...and you won't know until you demo. I like skis with lots of sidecut...they're easier to turn...and I like short skis. At your size, weight, and ski level, something in the 165-170 cm range, or maybe longer if they're quite soft. In any case, try before you buy.

How about your boots? I think we all agree that boots are the most important piece of ski equipment. You need boots that fit exactly right and are adjusted or modified for the geometry of your legs. You need boots that have the right flex for your weight, skill level, and energy you put into the skis.
post #14 of 14
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Originally Posted by SoftSnowGuy View Post
Dan

Wait.

When you get there, you'll meet lots of folks with skis they want to sell. Unless your feet are really big or really small, the bindings can probably be adjusted to fit your boots. The three rules for picking skis that are never wrong...demo, demo, demo. Try anything and everything before you buy. The difference between different ski models and sizes is tremendous. One pair of skis will totally tax your skill level and another pair will put the biggest grin on your face...and you won't know until you demo. I like skis with lots of sidecut...they're easier to turn...and I like short skis. At your size, weight, and ski level, something in the 165-170 cm range, or maybe longer if they're quite soft. In any case, try before you buy.

How about your boots? I think we all agree that boots are the most important piece of ski equipment. You need boots that fit exactly right and are adjusted or modified for the geometry of your legs. You need boots that have the right flex for your weight, skill level, and energy you put into the skis.
Yes, I need boots too. After reading up a little bit, they are my biggest concern right now. The thing I recall most about renting boots in the past is how freakin uncomfortable they were! I tried to ignore it all day, but the way the upper boot dug in to my calf and shin was really not a great feeling..I'm almost certain that I'll buy my skis and bindings used, but I really want new boots if I can afford them. Can't spend much more than 100 on boots though...
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