I am fairly new to the sport of skiing and I am looking to get my first pair of skis, I am 19 about 150 pounds and 5'11''. I have only been skiing a handful of times but when i last went out I was able to do blue hills without much trouble but blacks were definitely just beyond my level of comfort. After doing some reading into the different types of skis available I think that I would like to find a pair around 155-160cm that come with integrated bindings. I would love to find a decent pair of used skis to start with as new skis seem to get pretty pricey, what would you guys recommend for me?
Looking to buy a pair of skis, what should i be looking for?
Welcome to Epic Ski. Before you buy skis you need to get a pair of boots that fit your feet correctly. Don't buy boots online or in a big box sporting goods store. And if you go into a ski shop to try on boots and they don't pull the liner out to do a shell fit, leave because they don't know what they're doing. What you really should do is go to a boot fitter and get properly fitted. Once you have properly fitting boots you can demo some skis to get an idea of what you like. Boots are the most important piece of ski equipment you buy so do it right. Your feet will thank you and in the long run so will your bank account.
Boots are the big thing then? For the couple of times that I have gone skiing I have rented boots, and each time they felt decent and I never got any blisters from wearing them for up to 12 hours at a time.
Went and looked at the boots section on the site to read up about them and I realize that everyone puts a lot of emphasis on getting boots fitted properly and all that, the problem for me is I live in northern Ohio, with all of its great skiing locations . Any idea where I could look to find a boot fitter close by? or is that a long shot around here? If I was going to try and get a decent pair of boots and have them fitted it would have to be while I was out on a ski trip to a larger skiing community and even then I realize they would have the chance of not being fitted perfectly at the end and could require multiple visits to get them just right.
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Chad, I am in the same situation as you pretty much and I have been reading alot on the forums here. Geigers has certified boot fitters and this is most likely where I'll be going when I get some money together. I have the link here for you if ya want to check it out. They seem to be reputable and we don't have too many options here in Northern Ohio unfortunately haha http://www.shopgeigers.com/
Yes, looking around last night I ran across bootfitters.com and did see Geigers on there. I am at college right now, but soon I will go home for the holidays and I am almost certainly going to make a trip out to the Geigers in lakewood to see what they have to offer as its only a half an hour away from my home town, thanks for all the pointers so far guys!
As I have been reading lately there are a few important steps to getting the correct boots on my feet, and one that everyone seems to stress is trying the boot on without liners which I definitely plan to do, what are some other things I should keep in mind when heading out to try and find my first pair of boots?
Read both of the "Boot Fitting" wikis in the boot guys forum and you'll have a much better understanding. You should not have to worry about pulling the liners when you try on boots. If these people really do know their stuff they will do it automatically. Call the shop in advance and find out when the boot fitter(s) are there and even ask if you should make an appointment and don't deal with someone who isn't a boot fitter.