I've been reading a ton of gear reviews for skis, boots, bindings, etc., and I'm finding myself a bit lost. I was hoping someone might be able to analyze my situation and provide me some advice.
Long story short, I'm moving to Whistler, BC., at the end of the month for 6 (maybe more) months. Thing is, I haven't skied since I was quite a bit younger (about 10 years ago). That being said, I'm confident that I'll be able to learn quickly if I'm skiing everyday on a mountain that offers what Whistler is known for. On top of that, I'm an excellent hockey player (very strong on my skates), and have an athletic physique (6 foot, 210 pounds).
Of course, I'm completely clueless as to where to start looking for the right gear. My gut tells me that I should wait to get to Whistler and see if I can demo some skies (or even rent) and get a feel for what I like. Before I do that though, I would love some peoples' input on what to lookout for, and/or what to consider.
A few specific questions I had...
- Is there a brand or type of ski and boot that a 6 foot 210 pound man should consider?
- Should I go with an intermediate or advanced ski so I can improve and develop-into them, or would I be better off going with a beginner ski? My gut tells me the former, because I'm pretty confident in my abilities, but it would be nice to hear what you have to say.
- How much should I realistically be looking to spend for an entire set-up (skis, boots, bindings, poles)?
- If I eventually plan to ski everything I possibly can (powder, back country, groomed, etc), is an all mountain ski the best fit, or would a powder-oriented ski be a better compromise?
Again, thanks for any advice people can offer. I really do appreciate it, and if you're in Whistler and perhaps own or know someone who sells gear, you should point me in their direction.