slamdunkThe amount you could learn doing two days of lessons could take you 2-3 weeks or so to learn by yourself so yeh absolutely, you'll be glad you took them. Also just skiing with a friend who is a good skier that you can watch is a good way to learn and they'll be able to give you pointers.
As long as you're having fun you're doing it right!
Yeah Im just excited to learn. I just got off the phone to book my lessons. As I said before I live in Boston but and going to seattle to visit my family for xmas. I booked a cabin on lake wenatchee for my brother sister and I. They are both snowboarders. The cabin is 20 miles from Stevens Pass and 60-70miles from Mission Ridge. So we will be spending a day at both and I got a two hour private lesson in the morning for each one.
CyanicenineEveryone freaking out about boots probably grew up skiing so they don't remember what learning is like.
I learned to ski as a adult so I remember the process vividly. You are going to wear the wrong boots, and nothing will stop that. I wore boots 2 sizes too big for 2 seasons. No boot fitter could have convinced me I was in the wrong size, because I was a gayper. I didn't know boots aren't suppose to fit like slippers. Comfort was priority number one.
Pretty much everyone I know who learned as an adult went through exactly the same process of skiing boots several sizes too big like I did. Until their skill level gets to the point that their sloppy boot actually starts to inhibit them.
To fork out big bucks as a newbie on boots that will most definitely be wrong is a misuse of funds. A new skier will NOT be happy in a properly fitted ski boot, it will be too tight to them even if it is a proper fit. Spend that money on lessons and rentals. Then by next season be in a position to actually want and need a boot that fits properly.
I did go down to a ski store in RI today and got fitted for boots. I bought a pair of Head Edge 9. They were really comfortable. I can feel my toes at the end but leaning forward my toes pull slightly back from the end. They didn't feel how it does when you buy a pair of shoes to small and your toes want to retract and it hurts. I can just feel them very slightly touching the end. They fit like a glove. Theres very little give but I figure once I wear them for a while the padding will pack out and Ill be fine. The next size up was too large. These are 30.5. I know they are not anything fancy but they are comfortable and will be more than enough.
I also got a pair of Head Rev 75. Supposedly a pretty good beginner/intermediate ski. I got a good deal on everything. Told them I wasn't paying the price on the sticker. Boots were $199 and the skis were $299 after some bartering. Poles were throw ins.
nutz.dunno about that. If he goes to a good boot fitter and listens to him, why spend the money on a boot that doesn't fit? That's just wasting money imo
No worries...good to go.
WillowShabbya boot the right size is going to be a million times more comfy than one that is to big, besides if he's skiing a full season he might as well buy a proper boot that will help him progress in the long run..
Progression is the plan.
Thanks for everyones advice and help. Looking forward to this winter. If anyone knows where to get some decent gear online. Im in need of pants, jacket, helmet and goggles.
Figure I would wait until back friday/cyber monday for some good deals.
What kind of goggles do I need. All the different lens colors confuse me. Let me know.