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Hi all,


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.


Tips together,



post #2 of 8
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Just to add...


I've been reading a lot about the boots being the most important piece of equipment you can buy.


This makes complete sense to me, as I know how important the fit of your skates are in hockey.


For years I've had the same pair of Graf's (http://www.grafcanada.com/) and there's nothing that compares. 



Are there a brand of boots that are renowned for comfort and fit? Much like Graf is to hockey players?


In this years Powder Magazine's gear guide, there are 6 pairs of Solomon's in the top 15... should I read anything into that?

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If you're been doing any reading here you already know what you need to do first and that is go to a good, qualified boot fitter and get boots that fit your feet.  That is the single most important thing piece of gear you will buy.  I have never seen boots marketed to people with any specific build or weight or height or anything else like that.  A good boot fitter will put you in boots that not only fit but are also right for your skiing ability.  Since you have skied before you won't be put into a beginner boot.  After you have boots that fit demo some skis and see what you like.  Don't rush into buying skis that.  And have fun because that's what it's all about.

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Thanks Dude.


Fun is all I'm going for... well, that and Whistler ski babes.


I really do appreciate the advice, though.


Definitely planning on buying the boots first. The only hesitation I might have is spending +1k on a pair, only to realize it's the most painful thing I've ever strapped to my feet. 


Are there usually return policies on boots?

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This site is a gold mine for information.... haha.


Found tips on an excellent boot fitter in Whistler... 





I know you said the village but John Colpitts at Can-Ski Creekside is the best. He's seen it all and has been fitting boots well before Blackcomb Mountain ever existed. He quarterbacks the best boot fiitting team in town. 

In the village...Alex Vu at Comor (another long term local and ask him about "toe socks") and Ryan McRae at Can-Ski Blackcomb are the fantastic and extremely knowledgeable. Both have been influence by John and have been boot fitting in Whistler for years."

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$1,000 boots?  I've never seen any that expensive.  I think return policies on boots will vary widely from one shop to another.  Going to a good boot fitter will seriously minimize the chance of getting some instruments of torture.  Go to the boot guys forum and check the list of boot fitters to see if there is one in Whistler.  If there isn't one listed, that doesn't mean there isn't one so you will have to ask for recommendations.

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