Old 16-01-11, 11:03 PM   #1
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New to skiing

ok guys, i literally just started skiing a day ago. i have been snowboarding though for 3 tears, and despite what people have told me, i feel that the transition from boarding to skiing is easier. for my first time i feel that i did very well, i would like to get more into skiing and i would like to learn brand names, who's good, bad and just basically everything.

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Old 17-01-11, 09:25 AM   #2
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Only 3 Tears ?? musta been big ones if you could count them.

Glad to hear that the light of wisdom has shone upon, & you have repented from the "sins"of that "evil" device !!

Have a good one !
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Old 18-01-11, 12:13 AM   #3
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Hi Tman, welcome to the wonderful world of skiing! I would be happy to help if you would like some beta on ski equip. Feel free to message me with questions, but some starter info:
It's all about the boots! This is one piece of equipment you should make sure fits well (go to your local shop and get fit properly for ski boots... if they just tell you to try some on and go with what's comfortable, go elsewhere!). A ski boot should fit differently from any other footware you own As far as brands, it is whatever fits your foot properly.
There is an insane range of skis, it would be best to just rent for your first season. As you gain in skill, you will know more what you want and will be able to demo and narrow down selections.
K2, Rossignol, Fischer, Solomon, Head, Volkl, Dynastar, Black Diamond, Atomic all make good skis.

I hope this helps!
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Old 19-01-11, 07:21 PM   #4
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how should the ski boot fit?
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Old 20-01-11, 12:35 AM   #5
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Your ski boot should be smaller than your street shoe, it needs to fit your foot without gapping, pinching, causing pressure points, etc. The mistake that most people make is that they get boots that are too big because they are comfortable out of the box then the lining packs out when you ski in them and your foot begins to slosh around in the boot and you no longer have proper control of your skis.

A proper fitting is key, a professional will check the fit of the boot shell with the lining removed first, making sure the right amount of space is available for your foot (1-2 fingers of space behind your heel with your toes brushing the front of the boot, also making sure there is space for the volume of your foot's instep and ankle, etc). They will be able to do a lot of customizations if the fit is off, but finding a brand that works for you will be a good first step.

Sorry if this was too much info, good luck!
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Old 20-01-11, 09:52 AM   #6
 
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cool, i'll try this!
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Old 21-01-11, 12:53 AM   #7
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lol ^ same, and i got confused about half way through lol
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Old 21-01-11, 01:01 AM   #8
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Ha, that's why I recommended getting fitted by a pro... it's a process
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Old 22-01-11, 01:50 AM   #9
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i dont have any pro's in my area...
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Old 06-06-11, 09:37 AM   #10
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I can only 2nd what PWNConcreteRocks, has said.
There is a lot of info, & reading ski mags does help, though sometime ya have to sift thru the b/sh*t .
Boot fit is impretive, if you have to be aware of the $$$, ask forlast seasons stock. (as I have mentioned previously).
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I'm happy for your decision!!1 Skiing is so much more fun. As a beginner I would recommend you to try Nordica ski boots, they are softer but they give you a good control of speed. While buying ski boots, make sure to ask how much flex does it have, as a beginner you'd probably want one with less than 100 flex (or some people can say 10), ski boot with higher flex is for more advanced skiers who prefer high speed and full control over their skis while they're skiing, on the other side it hurts your feet, cause it way stiffer and harder. ( from the personal experience, on the ski lift it was unbareble!!
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