Originally Posted by lvan
^ Sounds very reasonable. Btw is it worth paying more by going to skiies ad bikes to get my boots eventually? They have some insane prices on the boots, but they garranty the best fit and what not. I looked for a bit, and their boots go for $400plus. On ther other hand, sportcheck has much better deals and they measure your foot I think.... The boots are very important...
Honestly, like most sports, they are going to have the really really cheap stuff, the mid grade stuff and the elite stuff. I really think that you should be able to get skiis, boots, bindings for around $500, and that would set you up with a good intermediate pair. I would even suggest that if you can find stuff for less, go for it.
When I bought my first skiis 10 years ago, I picked up a pair of dynastar for around $120, used, with bindings. I bought a pair of boots, brand new from the brand lange.. The boots were around $120 brand new... good sale at the time.. Those skiis + boots lasted me 10 years of going around 3-5 times per year.
Even today, the skiis and boots are still good. I still use the boots to be honest and considered upgrading but Im still comfortable in them.
Only recently i bought a new pair of skiis from sporting life.. and I did it because a) I had money to waste and b) I wanted to go to something intermediate. So I got my self a pair of rossingnol for around $400 from sportcheck with bindings when they were on sale. The difference between these skiis and the past, is that a) they are much firmer because i specifically picked them out for Ontario skiing.
You really cant go wrong because the level of skiing you will be doing in Ontario, it really doesn't matter what you pick up.. Just make sure you dont buy skiis made for powder or you will have problems with grip on the machine-shit/ice.
At the end of the day, pick boots that you will be comfrotable in and I know you can do it for less than $300, easy. I would really keep an eye on Sportcheck and Sporting life They have good selection and good sales. Specially sportcheck.. When reading reviews, I found sportcheks equipment was always a bit different - they seem to have some brands/items/skus just for sportcheck and its hard to read reviews online. While sportinglife carries the big names/brands and big sku numbers so it's very very easy to find quality reviews online.
I never checked skiis and bikes, I think I just looked at their online store and the price point versus sportinglife was the same more or less.
Make sure you do your research, check up the reviews, and check to see what the going price is online.
My regret is I bought new skiis and only used them 2 times last year
and I probably won't make it out this year as my weekends have been packed. I might make it out in march, hopefully there be snow left.
So, I guess that's one other thing... If you plan on skiing for the next while maybe 2-5 times per year I think an intermediate pair will last you a long time and you wont out grow them/out skill them....