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  1. #11
    I'll echo people's statements on boots; spare no expense. I made the save money mistake for the second time last fall. I found some boots I really liked at full price. I then saw a pair of last season's boots at half price and convinced myself that I liked them almost as much. They've been nothing, but painful all season even after a visit back to the shop. I basically wasted $350 for what will be 25 days of use. Should have spent the $800 on a boot I'd love for 150 days.

  2. #12
    I'm not a skier so take what I say with a grain of salt, but one thing I see a lot of skiers do is not trust the current trend. When shaped skis were new, so many people didn't believe that they could go as short as they could and ended up buying something way too long. Now, with rocker and hybrid tech, longer skis ski shorter so it's ok to go a little long again. My advice is not to base your new skis off your old ones. They are too far apart in the tech progression to even compare. Find a good shop and trust them on sizing. Or if it doesn't seem right, come back on here. These guys will always give you solid advice.

    Also, being in the east you may want to consider 2 pair. Something for the hardpacked groomer days and something for the fresh snow, glades days. As a snowboarder I can get away with one board, but it seems that skis are much more specific. Generally speaking, something designed to do everything ok, does nothing particularly well. But if you don't want to spend the money, get skis for the hardpack days and ride your board on the powder days. Boards are more fun in the pow anyway.
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  3. #13
    My boot buying strategy is to shop the early-season "sales" in September. Don't be afraid to negotiate on the price once you are in the shop and have found a boot that you like! When I'm shopping boots, I've typically found the liner to be the big difference between the right and wrong boot.

    When buying skis, demo, demo, and demo some more. Most shops will credit any demo fees toward the purchase price when you are ready. In this way you can spend many days trying out everything they have to offer before you have to commit. On the other end of the spectrum, I'm willing to roll the dice on a pair of skis if I can get an excellent sale price over the summer. To do this you have to be willing to know the type of ski that you like, and that is best achieved by demoing!
    2016-2017: 79 days
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  4. #14
    Quote Originally Posted by deadheadskier View Post
    I'll echo people's statements on boots; spare no expense. I made the save money mistake for the second time last fall. I found some boots I really liked at full price. I then saw a pair of last season's boots at half price and convinced myself that I liked them almost as much. They've been nothing, but painful all season even after a visit back to the shop. I basically wasted $350 for what will be 25 days of use. Should have spent the $800 on a boot I'd love for 150 days.
    I beg to repectfully differ on the full price aspect. I think you can try last year's models on and find a good deal. I bought my current boots at a ski area shop at the end of the season and got it for 60% off and paid $175. Love the boot, love the comfort and my feet never freeze even in the coldest temps. Read as many reviews as possible. Education is key.
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    If you take what the mountain gives you, you will always have fun!

  5. #15
    A size 9 performance quality boot that fits my foot properly does not exist at $175. I don't care how much research you do.

    What boot did you buy?

  6. #16
    Don't forget the GoPro. You need:
    1. GoPro on helmet
    2. GoPro on chest
    3. GoPro on back
    4. GoPro on left hand
    5. GoPro on right hand


    If you have an couple extra GoPro there is always the knee shots.



    Your all set.

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