I am 39 yo male. Started skiing when I was 10. Started racing when I was 13 in the USSA program in Michigan. Also raced high school during the week. Basically was on skis every day snow was on the ground. But I was the top racer on my team and qualified elite status in CUSSA. In college, I skied some but not much. Even less after that. Now I am 39 with two kids and my 5 year old is starting skiing this year (after one day skiing last year).
I am going to start skiing with her at first but will probably have to enter her is some ski schooling. Doubt she will listen to me as well as a stranger.
But, I am interested in skiing. Last time I was on skis was in 1999 when I was in Sweden. Before that it was 1996 at Mt. Aleyeska AK. I was surprised both times because my last racing ski was 200 cm. And I was renting a decent 180ish ski and they were easy.
But now, it has been 11 years and 20-30 pounds of weight. I feel like I will have an advancish expertish brain trying to move a beginners legs.
I will now be skiing entierly Midwest slopes, groomed trails with some typical midwest ice resulting from our up and down temps. On occasion, I wouldn't doubt I attempt some bumps and steeps (as steep as it gets in Michigan). Perhaps some air too. But I am sure much of my time I will have my daughter between me or in front of me as I go backwards.
I have tried on some boots recently: nordica (not very comfortable), dalbello (felt poorly designed and un-uniformed) and some salomon (very comfy but soft).
I am hoping to get some gear tomorrow and here is what I am considering. I am on a budget. Was hoping to keep it under $500 but am now considering this:
Salomon MIssion 6 boots - 199.99
Rossi Avenger 72 skis 162 cm - 449.99 with bindings
I dont really care about bindings as long as they stay on; I used to just crank em down so I wouldnt step out of them. And poles mean nothing too me either because I used to go thru them like candy when I raced and never saw any difference in performance.
I would appreciate some of your thoughts on this package. Experience in the midwest would be beneficial. This isn't Colorado or Utah; unfortunately.
Based on this package my budget is 650 if you can recommend something else.
My concerns are the boots are too soft and the skis too short. But I am 39 and probably not close to the skier I was. But I plan on getting out 10+ times this year and may get my legs back bit.
I would hate to think I sold myself short and should have got a more aggresive ski and boot.
Thanks in advance.