Skiier Bees: Can I get by on junior skis?

posted 3 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I Was going to weigh in but I know nothing about ski board, just regular skis. Either way id look at the weight factor and I suppose if the length and weight capacity is right then they would probably be ok? I wouldn’t buy winter sports equipment at this time though. Waiting a few months and buying end of season will save you butt loads

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

@OnceUponATime:  I would really suggest buying real skis. You said it yourself:

Local stores don’t sell them because people think they’re unsafe”

These sites often have great deals on skis:

steepandcheap.com

theclymb.com

Honestly, if you’re looking for beginner skis, you can probably find a great deal somewhere online. You probably need skis that are about 145-150 cm long (you can check size charts online, though). 

Whether you’re buying real skis or snowblades, I’d buy an adult setup. Children’s equipment is made for peope who not only shorter, but lighter, than adults. 

Another thing to consider is renting. If you only go a few times a year, that may be less expensive. Good luck!


Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

@OnceUponATime:  I second what @MsJ2theZ said. The best time of year to buy equipment is in the middle of summer. I’d suggest renting this year, then buying next summer.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee

@cologirl:  +1. You need adult skiis. 

You could go skiing on what’s called a ‘demo day’ at a ski resort, and try out different pairs and see if there’s a certain kind you’d like to buy. 

Look on craigslist if you’re looking for something cheap. I got my snowboard/bindings for $100 a few years ago.

(upgraded bindings though since then, but I take good care of my board.)

Post # 8
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@OnceUponATime:  you’d be fine with juniors.  Some people prefer the shorter ones for everything anyway and those really aren’t that short. . It’s more about personal ride style. How wide are they? 

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Snowblades are really bad for the terrain park since they have such a smaller surface to land on- if you are a little too far back or forward there is not much tail or tip to help you regain your balance. Plus they are just unstable in general, especially if you get going faster. I second what PPs have said about renting this season and then buying in the late spring or early summer when there are good deals! You should be on an adult beginner ski, junior skis are designed with someone much lighter in mind. Good luck!

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

@OnceUponATime:  If you insist on snowblading, stick with that, but please do not let your DH try to teach you how to snowboard. Teaching snowboarding is really not intuitive, and I failed miserably at trying to teach a few friends before I became an instructor. I see guys trying to teach their girlfriends how to snowboard all of the time, and it’s a total train wreck. 

Also, I’ve taught skiing and snowboarding, and snowboarding is much harder than skiing for the first few days. You will fall hard…a lot. If you thought skiing was hard, you will really hate snowboarding. If you do decide to try skiing again, I highly suggest taking a lesson. I don’t know where you live, but smaller resorts often have really good deals on lessons. If you’re with a good ski instructor, you really shouldn’t fall too much on the first day.

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

@OnceUponATime:  I do think that regular skis will be much better in the long run, if you take the time to learn. I’m sure you’ll be fine if you take a lesson. Good luck with whatever you decide to do!

Post # 16
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@OnceUponATime:  if you’re afraid of the bindings, can you buy those now for your current boards and then upgrade the boards during a post season sale?

I love to ski so I’m all for that idea 😉

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