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Need Help Choosing Good Skis This Year, I Am A Noob!

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This is my second year skiing, having learned last year on a pair of 90 cm snowjam mini skis.  I ski mostly on Mt. Wachusett in Mass as it is very close by and my favorite things are going extremely fast down straight runs or taking off-trials into the woods.  I am 15 years old and have been told I am good for a beginner.  I am only looking to spend $200-$250 on a good pair of skis and bindings, which is really the limiting factor here.  Any help on what to buy or where to shop would be appreciated.  I am 5'5 and weigh 110 lbs.
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Originally Posted by greendarthtater View Post

This is my second year skiing, having learned last year on a pair of 90 cm snowjam mini skis.  I ski mostly on Mt. Wachusett in Mass as it is very close by and my favorite things are going extremely fast down straight runs or taking off-trials into the woods.  I am 15 years old and have been told I am good for a beginner.  I am only looking to spend $200-$250 on a good pair of skis and bindings, which is really the limiting factor here.  Any help on what to buy or where to shop would be appreciated.  I am 5'5 and weigh 110 lbs.

That creates a pretty frightening picture............

IAC...........You need to get off the 90 cm. skis asap and then get some lessons on approximately 150 cm skis. If your school or rec dept. has weekend bus trips or other day trips etc, you can usually get a package that will include rental gear and lessons for less than the cost of a basic lift ticket. If you do buy at this stage, I'd suggest used rentals. At this point you'll want to learn to handle the longer skis and to get some control. Save up for better skis later, right now, it won't matter much what you buy. In fact, the best thing to spend $200-$250 on right now is a pair of boots in the right size and flex.

Oh.....if you do buy skis, be wary of any suggesions to buy a Volkl AC-30 or 50.

SJ
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If that is your price range I think it would be almost impossible to get a new pair of skis with bindings that are any good, so I would definately suggest going used. Go on ebay or craigslist find some skis in your price range and then research them on the epicski or ask about them in a ski shop. If reviews turn up good and you think its a good ski go for it! ...my advice
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As everyone else said get off the 90's. Your not learning much of anything using them. Go rent a pair of 150's to 160's and get a lesson. You'll be much better for it.



Good chance you could pick up a pair of K2 PE's (Public Enemy) used two season or so with bindings in that $225 to $275 range. But then you also need boots. Its an excellent one quiver ski for the east coast and will allow to venture from the park to the groomers to the off piste and everything in between you may run into. Plus its a ski that really appeals to the younger crowd. Chance are it will be the most verstile ski in your price range. I'm not sure what sizes they where made in what years but your height and weight look for something around a 160.  

 

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Thanks for the help guys.  And I already have boots.  Ive been looking on craigslist for skis and I seem to have found a couple decent pairs of 150's.
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Ebay has a bunch of K2 Public Enemy's for under $200.  I'd get those if I were you.
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I went to my local ski shop and the guy had a pair of 160cm salomon's with bindings that he was willing to put a new base on and mount for $150.  I think Im gonna buy those.  They said "ve" on them.  The only reference I found online was an expired ebay posting for the ladies(150cm) version. http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=120494720881 Thanks for assistance.
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