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Any suggestions on skis?

post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 

I have recently decided to get back into skiing (I took a three or four year hiatus and took up snowboarding).  Does anyone have any suggestions on some decent, realitivly inexpensive, all mountain-ish skis?  I am not opposed to used skis as long as they are in good condition.  Here's some info about me...


I have skied a couple times each year since I switched to snowboarding, but back when I was skiing exclusively I would classify myself as an advanced skier.  In the past I have skied mostly on Rossignol and Volkl.

Height- 5'9"

Weight- 155 (but gaining)


I ski primarily out west mid-late season.


Thanks for your help!


post #2 of 7

Boots should be your first priority. Find yourself a good local bootfitter and start there. At this point in the season, ski deals are a plenty. For a light weight guy like you (even adding a few pounds) a Volkl AC20 or even a K2 Raider are good options and both can be had (new) for under 500.00. 

post #3 of 7

I'm partial to a wider, all mountain ski and am currently on the volkl mantra.  problem is most of these skis don't come any shorter than 170 something.  icelandic has developed some wider skis in shorter lengths but you won't find these very cheap.


agree with getting a boot first, it is definitely the most important. 


my brother-in-law has ski'd the k2 apache recon and outlaw and likes them a lot. 

post #4 of 7
Thread Starter 

The main problem I have is that there are no local ski shops around me (I'm in Alabama).  Is there any problem with buying boots online?  Or is that a big no no?   

post #5 of 7

I would recommend that you not buy the boots online. There may be no shops nearby in Alabama, but there will be wherever you go skiing. Ask around when you get there--or better yet, ask around here at EpicSki--for local advice on the best shop, and the best bootfitter around.


Even if there was a good shop in Alabama, I'd encourage you to wait until you get to a ski resort to buy. Buying and customizing boots takes time, if you want to get it right. A good bootfitter will start by assessing your specific needs and goals, as well as your particular foot and leg shape. Then they'll recommend a few boots that come closest, right out of the box--and begin the fitting and setup process from there. You'll ski on them for a few hours or a couple days, and then report back, letting them know just what you experienced, and they'll tweak them again. It could take a number of visits to dial them in just right. A good shop will work with you until the job is done--and stand by their work after that. You won't get that kind of service from on line!


Consider that the boot itself--which is all you would get on line--is the least part of the equation (although the wrong boot for you could become a huge factor!). The boot is just the raw materials. By far the larger part is the fitting and customized setup that only a good bootfitter can provide.


I fully agree with Phil's advice to hold off on the skis until you've got the boots done right. For both boots and skis, a good instructor may be your best guide to making sure you get what you need--and find the right bootfitter--and to "connecting" with your new equipment as well.


Good luck, and have fun!


Best regards,



Stowe * Aspen * Big Sky 


post #6 of 7

About boots...There is so much more than just shoe size involved.  Each boot company makes boots in different widths, but that info is hidden from most customers.  Lower level boots have wider shells with lots of squishy lining to fit most anyone...but for comfort, not control.  Higher level boots have narrower shells with thin liners for more control, but you need the shell that is most shaped like your foot, plus any tight spots must be heated and molded away from the lumps & bumps we all have in our feet.  Boots are made with different flex resistance, different leg tilt, and other differences.  A good salesman and bootfitter is both rare and very, very important.  After you get boots that are just right for you, carry them on the plane so they don't get lost.


If you ski not more that a week or two a year, you might end up saving money by renting skis good quality skis.  If you don't like what you're on, switch.  You'll always have the the current technology.  If you do ski enough to justify buying skis, Peter Keelty's realskiers.com $20 subscription web site has the best ski reviews I've seen.  That will be money very well spent.  From Peter's reviews you need to prepare a demo list of skis to try to see which puts the biggest smile on your face.  There are no bad skis.  There are many skis that are unsuitable for any of us, and some that are just plain better on your feet or on my feet and will give each of us the biggest grin...and they probably aren't the same model.

post #7 of 7
Thread Starter 

Thanks a lot for the info guys!  You probably just saved me a lot of time and money!  I guess I'll hold off on the boots for a week or two until I'm in a place where it's a little bit colder than 70 degrees.  What's the ball park price I'm looking at for decent all-around boots?  Thanks again! 

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