My husband and I are going on a 2 week holiday to Whistler in the very near future.
We're planning on hiring skis and poles, but tossing up on whether we should buy boots or just hire them.
I love the snow, but I'm a pretty much a newbie to skiing (i've done a little snowboarding and cross-country skiing here in Australia, but never any real downhill skiing). My husband is considerably more experienced (he grew up going on ski holidays with his parents) but hasn't been to the snow in a number of years now and has only ever used hire equipment.
We don't plan on this trip being a once off- we plan to go skiing somewhere for about a fortnight once a year.
I thought buying would definitely be the way to go for comfort... but I've been reading a whole lot of ski boot horror stories and I'm starting to rethink it...
From what I understand about buying boots, it's important to buy the boots at the slopes and have them properly fitted by a professional- so if we were to buy it would definitely be at the slopes, and from what I've read Fanatyko seems pretty highly regarded (although I'm open to other suggestions).
But will I be able to buy boots that I can use the next day, i.e. for a full day 'Supergroup' lesson, without too many dramas? And then be comfortable enough in them to get the most out of the following 2 weeks of skiing? And then use them comfortably for a few weeks again in a year or so time?
Is it unrealistic??? Should I just hire?
Ignore the cost of hiring vs buying- We are just after what will give us the most comfortable and enjoyable experience.
Any thought's would be appreciated.
Please be kind- remember I'm an absolute newbie!