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post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 

Hi,

I am a beginner skier planning on skiing Vail soon. I am 5'4 and 125lbs. I don't have a lot of money to spend on skis, but I want something of quality that will be appropriate for the trip.  Do you have any recommendations for what skis I should buy? Thanks

post #2 of 11

It really depends on the amount of money you want to spend.

 

I wouldn't go for a beginner ski, you will out grow it in a hurry. 

 

Where do you live now, will you be skiing just in Vail, or will you be skiing other resorts as well?  If you answer this I can help!

post #3 of 11
Thread Starter 

I will be skiing near Kalispell, MT as well.  I found a sale nearby with rossognol (a Rossognol SuperGlass), hexcel, and  k2's very reasonably priced.  I'm just not sure what size length skis and poles I should get.

post #4 of 11

skigirl:

 

Hexcel has not made a retail ski in over 15 years and the Rossignol "SuperGlass" is not a ski that I can ever recall seeing in a catalog.

 

Generally, if you are thinking about ~~ $200 as reasonably priced for unused skis and bindings, then you are probably looking at at very cheaply made skis. An adult can get something nice with a quality binding for perhaps $350-$450. These would not be the cheapest skis out there but you could be confident of not getting some cheap ski with a potato chip core.

 

Once in a while you may find a gem of a buy for ~~ $200 but you'd want to know exactly what you are getting and if you don't know, then you run the risk of getting something that is a cheap rip-off.

 

SJ

post #5 of 11

Would suggest two courses of action: The first is to rent, take some lessons, see what you like. Next season look for decent boots. Wait on the skis. Think of the $ you'll save on airline fees. 

 

Second approach: Read some reviews here, elsewhere. Try Ski Diva. Settle on a group of intermediate skis that you can grow with. Buy a pair online or find a demo pair at your local shop. Plenty of nice 1-3 year old models with only some cosmetic wear, for a few hundred. And they'll come with decent bindings, too. Get them remounted and prepped, good to go. Look at it this way: If you're a beginner, you'll trash your skis anyway. Let someone else pay for the experience. 

 

SJ is right. Avoid obscure models that are new and glossy and cheap. They're new and cheap for a reason - no one except rental places wanted them when they were made, and these are the left overs.  

post #6 of 11
Thread Starter 

Thanks. I looked at the K2s Lotta Luv today size 146. What is the size range you would recommend? I know this depends on the model.

post #7 of 11

hey skigirl,

a place that has super cheap new gear is levelninesports.com I got some Head Lite Thangs for like $200 and I love them! I would say l for length anywhere of 135-145 but not too much longer though it could be a good idea to go a little on the longer side for when you progress :)

post #8 of 11

IAWTC!  :)

post #9 of 11
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The first is to rent, take some lessons, see what you like. Next season look for decent boots. Wait on the skis. Think of the $ you'll save on airline fees. 

This is wise advice. You'll quickly outgrow any beginners skis you get right now and no matter what skis you get, ill-fitted boots will make them all respond like $5 garage sale finds.
 

 

Rent and take some lessons. Then, go to a competent fitter and get properly fitted for appropriate boots. Spend your money here! This is THE MOST important piece of equipment you will ever own. Be aware, as well, that 90% of bginners and intermediates buy boots that are at least 1 to 2 sizes too big!

 

Once you have awesome, properly fitted boots and some mileage under your skis, then start demoing some skis to find out what you like in a ski. Even as a beginner, you will feel differences between different skis and even different sizes of the same ski.

post #10 of 11

If you are taking lessons in Vail (or Whitefish), ask the ski school desk who the highest certification ski instructor is for the 'pod' you are taking the lesson with. Or ask if you can speak to the 'pod' supervisor. Then ask him or her where they get their boots fitted and who fits them. That is the right person to go to. Boots are the most important piece of equipment you will own - rent skis until you can a: ski well and b: ski well enough to know what you would prefer to ski on. 

post #11 of 11

When I bought my first pair of skis, I read a lot of reviews to see what is decent for an lower intermediate skier who plans to grow a lot, then combed the internet to find the best deal I could for a decent ski (i.e. not a beginner ski) and bought those.  

 

As for size, I am a similar size to you and I ski 160s.  I wouldn't go below 150, but I guess that's preference speaking.  The Lotta Luv is a beefy ski.  I would go up in size and down in.. beefiness. 

 

Here are some deals out there on good skis that are cheap, new, good quality and suitable for a beginner to grow on: 


Fischer Vision Allures, 155cm for $225

 

K2 One Luv, 160cm for $229 (maybe a bit longer than need now, but you might grow into the length and end up liking it.  Good ski.)

 

Dynastar Exclusive 8, 158cm for $139

 

Peruse theskidiva.com :-)  Lots of good information there.  

 


Edited by Memilyg - 2/20/2009 at 04:50 pm


Edited by Memilyg - 2/20/2009 at 04:52 pm
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