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August 26, 2007

Ski Buying Guide Tips

While we are on the topic of gear shopping, check out the advice at skiernet on ski buying. I liked this paragraph a lot:

You're at a big sporting goods store, looking at two different Rossignol skis side by side. One pair is $600 and the other is $150. Fact: If you don't know the difference, you don't need $600 skis. The entry level ski will work just fine for you, even if you regularly ski black diamonds. You probably ski 3 - 6 times per year, and while you want to ski well, you aren't about to tackle the super steep double black diamond mogul field. Fact: The $150 pair (before bindings) is a well constructed ski that will perform very well for any skier. But...

As you ski more and more, and become more and more interested in the sport -- reading, trying new things -- your skills may advance to a higher level ski. Do you know what you need? A midfat? All-mountain? Freeride? Intermediate carver? Big Mountain? All-Mountain Expert? Take Advantage of Demo Programs at Ski Areas. Try different skis. Take notes. Do your homework...if you rush out and buy a high end ski that turns out to be unsuitable, you are buying an expensive lesson for yourself. Until you know the difference, and understand your needs, stick with the entry level to intermediate models...Rossignol Axium, Volkl Carver, K2 Escape, Elan Integra...all are excellent, well-constructed skis suitable for the majority of recreational skiers. As for kids, those Alpinas you see on sale will work just great.

Buying for teenagers can be a nightmare. Their friends have Rossignol Bandits...your budget says Rossignol Axium. Fact: Your teenager will be fine on Rossy Axiums, but their fragile teen ego is easily bruised. The solution is to provide enough funds for the lower priced ski, and let them fund the difference if they want the style-du-jour.

They also have a good article on buying off of e-Bay.

Personally, I never buy anything off of e-Bay that isn't new in plastic or NIB (new in box). Usually used stuff sells for about the same price as new stuff because the buyer originally paid retail and by the time it is used, it will be an outdated model. If you are going to buy an outdated model, why not buy a new one that is overstock from a retailer looking to close out last year's inventory?

Posted by Justin at August 26, 2007 07:14 PM


Hello, I'm french and just would like to say that this ski site is nice, I have a little weblog about freeride in the Vosges (France) too.

I'm surprised of your interest for this french mark of ski, i didn't know that it was so famous! The best of their products: freeride skis, they are beautiful!

See you soon!

Posted by: Ski Freeride at August 30, 2007 10:58 AM