I originally posted this in Ski Gear subforum, but then I found this one. If a Moderator is reading this, please delete whichever one is in the wrong place! :)
Greetings from Kodiak, Alaska.
A little about me.
I'm 6'4" tall, 220#, been x-country skiing for many years now all over the place. Last time I downhill skied was...1980ish I believe. Tried snowboarding once - in 1991.
I'm active duty Coast Guard, so I don't permanently live here on Kodiak. But I do try and get assigned to places where there is snow - and preferably mountains, too!
So I'm trying to find the "dual-sport" (motorcycle reference there) of skis. For the flat x-country skiing here, I have my x-country skis.
I want to get up into the mountains and do some real exploring. And yes...that means downhill as well.
From what I can tell, backcountry gear should be my best bet.
First question - is that correct? If not, what should I be looking at?
Next question - I don't have a lot of extra money sitting around burning a hole in my pocket. But I much prefer getting my exercise OUTDOORS as opposed to inside a gym. So, I can make a few $$$ sacrifices if needed. What's a good, realistic cost for a quality beginners outfit?
This is all pretty foreign to me, and I'm reading up...but with what seems to be so many different options, I need some help narrowing it down.
Thank you in advance - and Happy New Year to everyone!