Some of you people are pathetic. The simple explanation is jealousy. Some kid has really nice gear, but sucks, so you think 'waa waa waa..im better, i deserve it more.' Well, tough luck. In this country, If you have more money, you live better. If you disagree, go become a communist. Are you telling me that if you were rich, and realy wanted to get your own skis, you would get some piece of crap, used, sorry excuse for a ski. HELL no. You would buy some decent shit. So, to all of you who can't handle the fact that someone who sucks could have good gear, and some one who is good might not... think about it! Thier not a poser. Thier trying to learn, just like you tried to learn at first, but they are better off than you. Theres no use in being spiteful. Be happy for someone learning your sport who can afford nice stuff.
And by the way, im not saying this because i am some sort of rich newbie. I started with a crappy columbia jacket, used boots that cost me $99, tyrolia sl bindings, and some spy targas. The only decent thing i had were some line skis. I still really suck, but im getting some decent gear this year because i love skiing and am truly into it now. But if i see someone who can barely stand wearing some nice sticks or a pimp jacket, ill be happy for em... i think 'that would be nice if i could have started with that' ... i don't get jealous like half of you do.
And if you don't like my opinion, you can kiss my ass.