body+tamron=$1000. used probably still around 800.
a decent set of sticks will be another 200 probably, at the very least.
when you get serious, a mid range on a crop sensor w/o stabilization just doesnt cut it sometimes. hence the uwa.
uwa=/= automatic fix to all stabilization. i.e. glidecam.
what im saying is, for the money, in the longrun, he can get more out of a video camera if hes just shooting skiing. it would be a more economic choice to go with the video camera