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New Beginner Guy Here

post #1 of 5
Thread Starter 
Hi, I'm new to this forum and I've read as much as am able to find. I am a beginner (3) and only have been skiing for about 3 years, all in Aspen. I live NY and plan on skiing in Vermont or NY.

In Aspen, the rental shop set me up with K2 Comanche 136cm skis. I know that shorter skis allow quicker turns and limit speed. I'm 50 years old, 200 lbs. I'm looking to buy a beginner ski and would like some recommendations. I've used the search function and can't seem to find what I'm looking for.

So for beginners, what are your recommendations?
post #2 of 5
That's a pretty tough question. Quite frankly, if you are truly a beginner I would suggest that you rent a bit longer. The transition from beginner to intermediate is pretty big. Once you have a breakthrough day you'll be looking for different skis. Get a couple of weekends under your belt then go ski shopping.

At that point, first and foremost get a properly fit boot. This is far and away the most important part of your setup (might even suggest getting the boots now) then there are many skis that will work.

Salomon x-wing 10
Volkl AC20
Rossi Zenith
post #3 of 5
Some others you might look at:

K2 Ranger or Raider
Dynastar D-Stinct (their "beginner" ski)
Dynastar Contact (a pretty forgiving "intermediate"; they dropped the number from the "lowest" Contact this year -- I think this used to be the "Contact 8" or "Contact 9" if you look for last year's models)
Head Xenon (somewhere from the 4.0-8.0, depending on your ability level; these are also pretty forgiving)

You might want to try demoing at least some "intermediate" skis -- and maybe even some "expert" ones. It can help you figure out what you like and don't like. Also, I would recommend staying away from the true lowest-level beginner equipment. If you are serious about getting better, you will quickly outgrow it. If you want to save money, look for used skis or closeouts of last year's models. Buying in the spring also helps, as shops don't want to hang on to this year's equipment all summer and then have to sell it at an even steeper discount in the fall/winter.

I second the advice on buying boots and renting/demoing skis some more before buying your own skis. If you're sure you want to buy, most shops that do demos will let you put the demo prices towards a ski purchase, so you can try a few things and (assuming they sell something you like) essentially get your money back.
post #4 of 5
agree 110% to concentrate on boots first!!! I'm sure you can get some good advice here on a good boot fitter near you, or in Aspen.
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Thread Starter 
Thanks guys and I have heard that the first piece of equipment to buy are the boots.
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