I'm from Texas but have friends that live in Denver so I try to take 4 or more 3 day ski trips a year to hang out. I've decided that I really like skiing and renting my own equipment is starting to get costly, so I figured it's about time I looked into getting my own equipment.
I got fit at the few limited ski shops in Austin, and after trying on 25.5 size boots there seems to still be a little bit too much room in the front. People seem to think I'll fit fine in a 24.5 but since this is Texas no one really stocks that size down here.
I'm flying up to Denver this coming weekend since my friends will be going up to the mountains and I'll want to spend most of the time trying to get my own boots and skis picked out. We are going to Breck on the first day and it'd be nice if y'all could recommend some places to get fit for boots and to buy skis. Hopefully if there's any places good in Breck I can get fit in the morning and maybe ski in the afternoon. If there's better places in Vail, I guess I can always rent on the first day and try to do my buying at Vail.
Second do you guys have any recommendations for skis? I'm a male, decent at blues and probably going to start working on blue-black/black this next trip and the following trip later this month. I think I'd like something forgiving as I don't like to blaze down the mountain, but am working on upping my speed and would like something I could grow into over the next few years.
My budget is probably about $1200 max for boots and skis. Hopefully I can get a few responses since I'm leaving this Thursday for Denver.