Two beginners here. Me and my wife. We decided to take the plunge and buy some skis. Ran into some conflicting recommendations and was hoping you could help us sort it all out.
Who we are: We are beginner skiers. Both athletic, pick things up quick, and have skied before... but really, we are green and blue limited right now. I am 5'11 160lbs, she is 5'2 130lbs.
Where we will ski: We live on the east coast and will do almost all of our skiing here the next few years. Mainly at Whiteface in the Adirondack mountains... nicknamed "iceface" for a reason.
What we will ski: We are casual skiers, don't see us ever getting too aggressive or into racing or anything like that. But I suppose you never know. At least for this season and probably next, we are talking inbounds resort skiing.
So the question is, what sort of ski setup would you recommend for us?
A trusted source recommend we purchase a ski that we want to grow into.
With that in mind, I had several skis picked out after a week of online research and review reading. For example, I thought the Line Prophet Flite might be a good, mid-priced option for me. Couldn't find similar for her, but read good things about the Volkl Kenja.
We were looking to pay a grand or so on each setup and get something we could grow into and use for years to come.
However, when we went to a local shop, we were all but talked out of that strategy. I am hoping you guys can break the tie, so to speak, and provide us with some good recommendations or direction.
The shop guy, who seemed very knowledgeable, suggested we forgo expensive skis until our skill progressed a little more. He suggested we stick to a lower end package deal and after a few seasons then look into skis on par with the Flite and Kenja.
The particular ski packages that were being recommended to us include items I had not come across in my research, and am unable to find much information on.
For me: Atomic Storm ski 164, Dalbello Aerro 57
For her: Salomon Amber 151, Salomon Irony
I guess my question for everyone is two part.
One, which strategy do you thin is best? Buy the gear you want to progress into, or buy the gear you can more easily learn on?
And two, given your answer, which setup would you recommend we check out?