I'm actually too much of a newbie to consider purchasing equipment yet.
Ten days ago I was a never-ever. I took the free introductory lesson
included with rental and lift ticket. By the end of the day, I was
happily snowplowing down a blue rectangle (by southern Wisconsin
standards). I have yet to go skiing a second time, but my initial
impression was very favorable. I picked up a copy of Harald Harb's
"Anybody can be an Expert Skier," read it cover-to-cover, and am
extremely eager to get back on that bunny slope and start learning his
Primary Movements system.
I won't actually buy my own gear until I've rented several more times,
taken a few lessons, and made sure that my interest isn't just a flash
in the pan. But I have started researching the various types of skis and
boots and thinking about what might be suitable if and when I take the
I expect that 90% of my skiing will be on groomed surfaces. Some moguls
are probably inevitable, and could be a lot of fun. Deep powder is
unlikely. I have no desire to perform fancy tricks. I just want to slide
down the hill as fast as I can under control. Harb suggests that a
"mid-fat" of about 180 to 190 cm is a great general-purpose ski for
conditions like these.
I see that there are "entry-level" skis, "intermediate" skis, and
"performance" skis. They obviously differ in price. I'm not sure yet
what else distinguishes them. I don't want to waste my money on skis
that I will soon outgrow. If I really want them, I can afford very
high-end skis. Is it a bad idea for a beginner to use "performance"
equipment, or is it just that beginners don't usually want to spend that
kind of cash? In other words, is there something about the design of
high-end skis that makes them unsuitable for non-experts?
All of the above applies to boots too. The only thing I know for sure is
that I want a "lateral" boot for positive edging on shaped skis. As far
as I can tell, I am neither bowlegged nor knock-kneed.
That's enough rambling. Any advice is much appreciated.
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