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Old 11-19-2011, 02:35 PM   #1
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I am looking into trying out skiing this season for a bit. I am looking for a CHEAP ski setup in the 150 250 range for everything. That way if I don't like it I can get rid of it with out losing my ass on the stuff. I am interested in a good all round ski that I can keep up with my kids. I have been looking at twin tip rocker type skis in the 165-170 range. Something that will keep up in the powder, park, and groomed. I am not trying to get into the which is better ski/snowboard thing. I have been snowboarding longer than most of you have been alive just looking for some ski info on used gear. Keep it CHEAP

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Old 11-19-2011, 02:58 PM   #2
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Why not rent some demo ski's? To good to rent? You must be part of the 1% aren't you? ARENT YOU?!?!
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Old 11-19-2011, 03:03 PM   #3
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lol, I plan on renting. But if I can find something for around the same price and renting I will just buy. I am mostly concerned about boots and fitment. Renting skis is a great idea to find the ski you like. But the boot rental seems a bit harder considering the amount of monding and punching you can do to them to make them fit good.
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Old 11-19-2011, 03:14 PM   #4
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I've worked in a shop for years now and let me tell you that with skiing, your getting what you pay for. I wouldn't trust a $250 full set up. I'd say rent for the first couple times and if you really like the sport try to spend somewhere around $600-$700. It sounds like a lot but you won't be kicking yourself when you out progress your set up in a year and have to buy a new setup. You can get a pretty good setup for $600-$700 if you go to a place like 2nd track sports on 3300 south, it's a consignment store where you can buy lightly used equipment or last years stuff. The only thing about used is that with skis you have to drill them every time you remount them and you can ruin the integrity of the ski by drilling too much. Hope this helped.
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Old 11-19-2011, 04:44 PM   #5
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Where's Helmut when you need him, he's the god of skiing.
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Old 11-19-2011, 04:45 PM   #6
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Are snow blades still around?
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Old 11-19-2011, 04:47 PM   #7
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Old 11-19-2011, 04:54 PM   #8
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Old 11-19-2011, 05:24 PM   #9
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Where's Helmut when you need him, he's the god of skiing.
I believe he's busy celebrating his one year anniversary with Disneyland. But he keeps posting up deals for his shop (ski connection) on FB.
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Old 11-19-2011, 05:55 PM   #10
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****ing awesome!
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Old 11-19-2011, 05:55 PM   #11
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Old 11-19-2011, 06:38 PM   #12
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Um demo skis would add up to $200 for the first couple of days you go. Your best bet would've been the US Ski Team's Ski swap in Park City. Keep an eye on Play-it-again type of places as well. It's really up to you for the skis, Something wide with good sidecut would probably suit you fine.
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Old 11-19-2011, 08:09 PM   #13
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thanks, i am NOT buying or looking at new stuff. If that were the case I know a few reps for big ski companies that can hook me up. Tell me what you ski on, tell me what you like about it. You obviously don't ski 2012 equiptment so I am not interested in that. The reps have been selling me on the latest and greatest for a couple weeks now. Let me know what you have from a year or 2 ago so I can keep my eyes open for used stuff that is good. I might be interested in new boots and used skis. I am just not dropping 1k on ski stuff this year.
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Old 11-19-2011, 08:53 PM   #14
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Old 11-19-2011, 09:52 PM   #16
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I am looking into trying out skiing this season for a bit. I am looking for a CHEAP ski setup in the 150 250 range for everything. That way if I don't like it I can get rid of it with out losing my ass on the stuff. I am interested in a good all round ski that I can keep up with my kids. I have been looking at twin tip rocker type skis in the 165-170 range. Something that will keep up in the powder, park, and groomed. I am not trying to get into the which is better ski/snowboard thing. I have been snowboarding longer than most of you have been alive just looking for some ski info on used gear. Keep it CHEAP

thanks guys and gals
Surprised nobody has really given you some good advice so far. Utah State Fair park there is a guy selling ski gear for the past million years or so. Ski trucks is his name. www.skitrucks.com

North Temple and approx 10th west, enter the last fairpark entrance going west on North temple and turn right. He's in one of the last buildings on your right.

Get ready for feeling like you're shopping at the DI. Most of his stuff is used from bulk buyouts of ski shop rentals. He also has plenty of new stuff that is 1-2 years old that he buys on closeout. Nothing is marked with prices, it is all negotiable. I purchased a $1000 pair of race boots last year for $125 because they were 8 years old (new in box) and the exact same boot I had just worn out.

Much of his used stuff is really worn, just be thorough in your search. Any he'll buy your used gear if you've got snowboard gear to trade in.

Also, you likely know, but everyday after 3pm is free of charge to ski at Alta on the Sunnyside of the mountain. Fantastic terrain for late afternoon skiing for those new to skiing. Just avoid Saturdays, free after 3, it is crazy busy!

Good luck!
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Old 11-20-2011, 12:43 AM   #17
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thanks, what skis do you use? I want to know what to start looking for. Give me some brands to check out or specific boots and skis please.
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Old 11-20-2011, 12:54 AM   #18
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2002 Head World Cup race boots (custom silicone liners). Find a boot that fits well (you knew that anyway). He has tons of used boots, will be the way to start for cheap and upgrade later if you really get hooked on skiing. Or he has many new boots to choose from (higher price).

Skis: Powder: Liberty Double Helix (twin tip super fat ski) and 1996 RD Coyote HeliDog's (old school powder ski for rough snow days/rock skis). All mountain: Atomic REX mid-fat ski for tall/fat guys/rock skis. Carving: Fischer RX9 super short 155cm super turn skis to chase my kids around. They make turns like a formula 1 racer! Also, Nordica Olympia 170cm turn skis.

I am partial to Marker ski bindings, they are the most knee friendly.

I haven't found any reason to pay for new skis. My Liberty skis are 190cm twin tip uber-fat powder skis with Balsa wood cores (super light) and I paid $300 with bindings on ksl.com from a guy that worked for backcountry.com. I knew what I was looking for and refused to pay $1k for them new.
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also, www.levelninesports.com is a local company that sells new gear for less than most places sell used. 4th west and 660 south or so. We found great boots for my daughter last year for only $99.
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If your looking to try and you are a never ever. PCMR has a great deal. $90 for a half day, includes rentals, pass and lessons.
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Old 11-20-2011, 12:24 PM   #21
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thanks guys. This will be a great start. I will check it all out and let you know what I find
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Old 11-21-2011, 12:54 PM   #22
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Just remember isn't not about how good you ski, it' s about how good you look skiing. I have a florescent yellow one piece suit if you want it.
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Old 11-21-2011, 01:04 PM   #23
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aaron, you know I am in!

I think I have settled on boots and skis. 169 Salomon Lords and a couple boot choices I still need to try on first.
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When it comes to boots, a proper fit is all that matters. Don't buy on color or brand. No boot will fit out of the box, it needs to be fitted. I fit ski boots for 7 years, the biggest issue people have is a boot that is to big. Size down and blow the shell out and get a footbed. If your going to spend any money spend it in the boots.
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Old 11-21-2011, 02:18 PM   #25
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I will agree with that statement, but I would like to find a boot that fits the closest out of the box so I have to have less work done on them in the long run. I tried on about 30 boots yesterday and my foot started to get sore so I will go back when it feels a bit better.
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