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Hello, Hawk here.

I just really got into skiing this season, and I love it!  I'd been skiing before, off and on, but I've been three times in the last two months, and I've decided that I now want to get a set of skis and equipment, and maybe get out to the slopes once a month or so.

 I live in Atlanta, so whenever I want to go skiing, I've got to make a trip, and I've found that unfortunately that the farther I go the better the skiing gets, but there's a decent mountain about 2-3 hours north of me in North Carolina.

So far, I've been to Winterplace in WV, Cataloochee in NC, and (my favorite) Boyne Mountain in Michigan.  I've got family that live in Norther Michigan, so hopefully I'll be able to take a trip up there and go skiing and snowmobiling once a year or so.

Anyway, since I'm 17 (read: "poor"), and I've got other hobbies, I'm going to need equipment for fairly cheaply.  I've already got a jacket, clothing, goggles, etc, so I just need skis, bindings, and poles.   The times I'ce been skiing, I've used 170-180cm skis, and I've found that a longer ski is a little better for me, which I would expect due to my size (6'5, 220 lbs).

I've had decent luck on craigslist buying things for my other hobbies-turned-obsessions, and I don't need amazing equipment, seeing as I won't be skiing a whole lot.  Also, I'd rather have some good used equipment than crappy new equipment.  
So how would these skis be:

The description in the ad says:

This is a pair of K2 four4 skis with SMARTSKI technology WITH Marker M4.2 bindings. These are excellent vintage/collector skis with awesome performance. They do show some wear because of their age, but as any advid skier will tell you, they are high performance, high quality skis! If speed is what your looking for when going down the mountain, you will LOVE these skis! GREAT ALL AROUND ALL MUNTAIN SKI!! Also included is a pair of GOODE Duraflex ski poles (I dont know exact measurements, but my husband is 6'2", and they fit him well) We are asking $100 OBO.

What do you think?  I'll also need some boots, and I've got no real idea how much a pair of semi-decent boots would cost, but I'd prefer to not spend a whole lot (around $150-$200)

Also, would I be better off with some 177 cm K2 Merlin III NP Skis?

post #2 of 5

You should be able to do a lot better than that (not price just equipment for the price) if you ask to see what is for sale in the Ski school locker room. There are normally lots of second hand but reasonably well maintained 1-2 season old skis (and boots) leant against a wall for sale.


As far as boots go I would get them fitted properly and perhaps get more work/ second job to be able to save a decent amount for them ($2-300 should get a decent pair). You are a big guy but it is easy to end up in a boot that is too stiff for your ability level. Professional advice (ie ask in the ski school, and ask if you can ask the ski school director, where they would get their boots fitted) is always a sound investment.


Good luck and welcome to skiing.

post #3 of 5

I would agree that those skis are too old to be worth the money spent and also about finding some good fitting boots.  Your boots will last for 5+ years so spend some money on them and be comfortable when you are on the hill.


I've got a pair of Head IM77's for sale in 181cm in the gear swap if you want to take a look.


Good luck with your search!

post #4 of 5

You can do a lot better.  Many of the Craigslist and eBay deals for old skis are a total ripoff.  Check the gear swap, and also some of the recent sales.  Finally, I got an e-mail from www.tramdock.com/ saying they are running back to back ski, boot, binding sales today from 10am-2pm mountain time (12-4pm eastern time).  There are bound to be some great deals to be had.  Their stuff is generally 50-80% off.

post #5 of 5

The K2-Four is a vintage ski from about 1996.  They have nearly no ongoing use other than as memorabilia.  Brand new skis are being cleared out at fire-sale prices, and you can easily pick up something more current (say 2005 to present) close to that price.  Boots are critical as suggested above.  Read the facts on bootfitting in the Wikis under "B" to get an idea of what to look for in fit.  


Send a PM to the sponsors in the Special deals for EpicSki members forum.  Someone might have a deal for you.

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