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Questioning my gear

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I'm going to be doing a lot of skiing this winter, as opposed to just the casual skiing I've been doing over the past few years. I hope to get some thoughts/advice about my gear.

I'm 27, 6'3" 190lbs in ok shape. Probably a level 5-6 skiier. The skiis I learned on (besides rentals) are the ones I still use and were a gift. They're 160cm Rossignol Super Axium with Axium 90 bindings (2002? 2003?). My jist of the skiis from reading online is that they're fine for beginners and the bindings are some of the lightest you can buy. I'm from the ice coast so I mostly ski bumpy sheets of ice on crowded hills.

I'm making a dramatic change (SLC), planning to ski on the order of 80+ days this winter, and I'm wondering if I should get a new set of skiis. I'm concerned the skiis I'm on now are wrong for me or are limiting. I had an intermediate lesson two years ago and it was really a waste of time/money, and so I'm trying to evaluate how I can get better. How would I know about my gear?

Most of the time on this site I read the advice that a guy like me should go to a boot fitter. So I'm probably going to hit up daleboot when I get out there instead of skiing with dad's handmedown boots. Will that be enough for me to grow on for groomers? Should I bring my skiis with me to a boot specialist so they can really evaluate? I'm not loaded with $$$ of course so I don't want to get sold anything expensive or that won't help.

I'll need powder skiis too I guess, but that's another issue entirely Looking forward to that one!
post #2 of 8
Get proper fitting boots first, don't even think about skis until you have the boot issue worked out.

Then I would demo a few skis in the 90-100mm underfoot range to get a feel of what is out there.

Enjoy your time in SLC!!


(FYI the beer in the smiley is Utah friendly 3.2 beer)
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(FYI the beer in the smiley is Utah friendly 3.2 beer)
and is it illegal for me to "import" a few cases from my home area? I'm originally from Delaware and I looooooveeeeee me some Dogfish Head IPA.
post #4 of 8
If you're from Del, don't waste suitcase weight on water: bring Dogfish Head in concentrated form.

http://www.dogfish.com/spirits/
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Vodka? Yuck. Need beer. I'm driving it anyways. All 2150 miles.
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Vodka? Yuck. Need beer. I'm driving it anyways. All 2150 miles.
Rum. Fewer restroom stops.

We haven't had a good ski road trip report in a while on these boards. Care to give it a try?

PS, I don't think you need wait until you get to Dale's.

See if a boot store nearby has some last years' stock; tell a fitter up front that you're on strict budget.
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Rum. Fewer restroom stops.
I only drink Flor de Cana. It's a thing I got hooked on Latin America, but I can't seem to get that in the states. Ruminades... Utila... Ahhhh... Must... Stop... Thinking... About... Diving... Until... After... Ski... Season...

And... Typing... Like... This...

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We haven't had a good ski road trip report in a while on these boards. Care to give it a try?
It would be the most boring trip report ever I don't plan to stop much. Do want to take some trips to the parks like Zion before the ski season starts.

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PS, I don't think you need wait until you get to Dale's.

See if a boot store nearby has some last years' stock; tell a fitter up front that you're on strict budget.
Hmmmm.... I'll see what I can do around the Philly area. We don't tend to have much here. Got a lot to do before I start driving to SLC in 2 weeks.

I lucked off the waitlist into a Utah Silver Pass today. This is pretty seriously sweet. First I get a flexible job in SLC and then I get the super ski pass. Is god calling me? Does this mean I have to convert to LDS?!
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I only drink Flor de Cana. It's a thing I got hooked on Latin America, but I can't seem to get that in the states.
Actually, I get it allatime. We had a thread on it in food and drink sometime back. Fairly sure I remember seeing it in ski country too.

It was either at Argonauts' in Denver or in the state liquors on Fort Union Blvd. I suspect the latter but don't remember, zackly.

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It would be the most boring trip report ever I don't plan to stop much.
You mean, you can drive through Colorado and past all the white stuff and the turning bullwheels and NOT stop?

Umm, are you sure you're on the right board?


Going West is an archetype. The story will write itself, trust me.


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Do want to take some trips to the parks like Zion before the ski season starts.
It has started.

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Hmmmm.... I'll see what I can do around the Philly area. We don't tend to have much here.
Philly Bears rock. Get in touch with 'em. You're still sort of within ski swap season.

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Got a lot to do before I start driving to SLC in 2 weeks.
Don't foget to rotate the tires'n'all.
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