04-09-2006, 06:54 AM
considering buying my own skis and boots. I have about two months experience and can pretty much go anywhere. Im looking for fast skis also good for jumping. Can anyone recommend anywhere to start looking?
Also, for boots, are there any websites or good places to learn a bit about how the fitting works? I dont wanna get screwed over about this and know its possible to get a lot of work done fitting it, and want to make sure that theyre perfect.
04-12-2006, 01:58 AM
You'll get a little more balance and stability out of a longer ski at high speeds on the flats. If you ski a lot of powder, like if you do backcountry (probably not at 2 months?) you'll want a fatter ski than normal. That said, I prefer shorter skis myself, because they turn better, are better for zip-line mogul skiing, and are easier to control in the air when doing tricks. (Make sure you get partial or full twin tip if you're going to be doing tricks).
My skis are Rossignol B2's, 176 cm, and I'm 6' tall, which means when I stand them upright on the ground in front of me (with ski boots), the tips come to about eyebrow level. (If I had to do it again I'd probably go Rossie Mogul's)
The boots are the most important part of your gear though. If you find the right ones, you can get so dialed in to your ski. My boots are Lange, and I love them. You can find a little bit of info here: http://www.abc-of-skiing.com/ski-boots/default.asp . But basically you don't want them too loose or you won't have control, and you don't want them so tight that after an hour or so of skiing they're rubbing your ankle raw, or something.
Stores I'd try: Peter Glenn, REI, Sun & Ski