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Very first things I need to know about buying boots and skis

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 

I've started a very similar thread to this a few years ago. But this time I am serious in making a purchase. I'm away for college in the north country and in a week Whiteface/Gore is coming to my school and selling season passes for $280. I am planning on buying that, but along with that I am seriously interested in buying a pair of boots and skis now. I don't have a strict budget at the moment, but as a college student I hope to be getting the best out of my money. I originally plan on spending somewhere around $700 for the set of boots and skis. But will gladly go lower, or higher if I must. I also expect them to last me for the years to come. I am a beginner, been skiing a few times. The last mountain I've been on is Windham and I skied semi-comfortably on the greens. I don't know if Whiteface or Gore will be a good mountain for me to learn on, but the season passes seem like quite a deal. So if anyone could give me recommendations on what I should look into, what I should know, where i should look, whether online or in-stores, exceptional deals, anything related would be great.


post #2 of 10

First you may want to start with the right forum...




...you'd think after 2 years and 68 posts, you'd know.

post #3 of 10

Jag: Quit clogging these generally average forums with questions like this. If you were a first timer and new skier it might be alright to not use the search engine to find many threads and posts on questions of this nature. I clicked on yer profile and you are repeating yourself and you are repeating yourself.

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Thread Starter 

My apologies. I thought I was posting in the Ski Gear Discussion section. And to g-force I would like some personal answers. Also without going through the hassle of searching, going through a hundred threads, and gather information from all one hundred. Rather time consuming. My intentions aren't to come off an asshole for the lack of a better word.


Edit: Mods you could delete this thread if you see this.

post #5 of 10
Originally Posted by perpdartNY View Post
.. Also without going through the hassle of searching, going through a hundred threads, and gather information from all one hundred.

Why not, that's how you learn.

post #6 of 10

First thing I would do is find a proper and professional boot fitter.  The boots you purchase may be the most critical piece of equipment you own.  I would recommend custom foot beds as well, for a little more they make all the difference.

post #7 of 10

I mostly agree with au516, except that boots are absolutely THE MOST important piece of ski gear you will buy.  A proper fitting pair of boots can last you many seasons, but a poorly fitting pair may or may not last one season before you can no longer stand to have them on your feet.  Unless you know quite a bit about fitting boots, the chances are that if you go into a store that sells them you will buy a pair that is at least one size too big and very often two sizes too big.  The reason is simple, they feel comfortable in the store while you're walking around.  In order to really enjoy skiing you need boots that fit properly.  I spent years buying hot skis always thinking that somehow they would help me ski better.  When a friend finally coerced me into going to someone who knew something about fitting boots and I bought a pair based on his recommendation, my skiing improved the first day I used them.  Suddenly my skis did what I wanted them to do and did it immediately, not sometime later.


As far as skis are concerned, rent some and demo some.  After skiing a few times you will have a much better idea what you might want and can look for used ones.  Cut corners buying skis but not when buying boots.

post #8 of 10

The first thing you need to know about buying ski gear is easy. Bring your wallet, you are going to need whatever money or credit cards are in there. 

post #9 of 10

When you get told by forum members to go to a boot fitter, although good info, it won't fit your budget.  Most reputable ski shops will "fit your boots" for you ie. get you into the right size, then adjust your boot from there.  Be aware that walking around in the store for half an hour will not tell you where the boot needs to be adjusted.  Only skiing will do that, so make sure your ski shop is close at hand - you will be going back several times until you get it right.  Once all the aches and pains are gone, the heel stays put, and your toes have room, you are good to go.  On a budget, and as a beginner/intermediate skier, get the shop to recommend a boot that is middle of the road, on the softer side - they will modify the fit of a boot at any price if they are a good shop.  Footbeds, although a great addition, are, again, added expense, and not necessary to start.  Re: skis - again, let the shop guide you.  Most good shops will carry a variety of ski lines that fit into different niches.  As a beginner you won't want a powder specific ski.  Find a ski that has enough width to allow you to have fun in "some" powder and crud, and behave well on groomers.  Most ski mags have an early season issue dedicated to new ski products.  I'm from Canada, and the most recent issue of Ski Canada had a great article on skis for all ability levels, not just experts.  You want a ski that allows you a comfortable start, but allows you to grow at the same time for at least a few years.  Demoing can become an expensive prospect - if you want to go this route, stick with the shop that sold you the boots, and ask if they will apply the money you spent on demos to the price of the ski if you purchase from them - most do.  I suggest doing your homework online, then go to a shop armed with questions and information.  Make sure the person you talk to has enough experience to actually know what they are talking about.

post #10 of 10

 You asked for personal answers but didn't provide any information as to allow us to cater a response to you ...


Also searching old forums will give an idea of what you are looking for. This then allows you to ask more specific questions which in turn gives rise to more personal and answers and doesn't piss everyone off. 

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