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Boots for beginner/lessons 2nd ski holiday?

 Poster: A snowHead
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Hi all,
I've just come back from my first ever skiing holiday and I think I'm hooked!! Just a couple of questions - I had a week of group lessons and by the end of the week I was skiing (flat-ish) blues without falling over. Incidentally I had exchanged my boots for ones tighter on the calf the day on our 2nd last day as I found one leg was out of control due to my foot sliding about in the left boot (my elvis leg Laughing )
I am looking to book my next holiday for 2018 very shortly... would it be worth considering buying boots rather than hiring? I have pretty awkward feet anyway due to one foot being a whole half size smaller...
2nd question... I would also like to book lessons next time but unsure of whether to put myself in a beginner group?? Any help would be gladly appreciated Smile Thanks!
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 Obviously A snowHead isn't a real person
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tough one about the boots. I bought gear after my first trip and this year I've bought again because the first weren't right for me.

There's another thread running currently with someone in a similar situation as you with lessons. But nope on group lessons when they list as beginner it's really beginner so avoid those.


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Definitely invest in your own boots and get them fitted by a specialist boot fitter it's an addictive sport enjoy
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Yes to getting your own boots but make sure the boot fitter/shop know their stuff as you do not yet ( you will eventually but like everything it takes time ).

Try and get to an indoor slope or dryslope here, for practice and some follow up lessons. If you do that then no you do not want beginner lessons next year. If you go to an indoor check the shop there for boot fitting unless you live close to one of those other Snowheads use.
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I'd say, yes, get your own boots especially as you have different sized feet. You'll always have trouble getting hire boots that will fit well. Although it'll also be a problem in buying well fitting boots, once you have them it's done. Be sure to use a good specialist boot fitter.

You shouldn't need to put yourself in beginner lessons. Go for whatever the next level is and they'll assess your ability and put you in a suitable group by asking you to ski down a section of piste.
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My advice is the same as above. Buy Boots and invest in a good Boot Fitter.
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@ScaredyKat, If you add your location someone might recommend boot fitters in that area.
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Thanks everyone for your replies Smile I am in the north of scotland so my nearest bootfitter would be Aberdeen or Inverness, I have spoken to someone who had a good experience in craigdon sports, Aberdeen so i will get on the case! Also good to know re beginners lessons, im just wary of the steeper blues at the moment!
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Thanks everyone for your replies Smile I am in the north of scotland so my nearest bootfitter would be Aberdeen or Inverness, I have spoken to someone who had a good experience in craigdon sports, Aberdeen so i will get on the case! Also good to know re beginners lessons, im just wary of the steeper blues at the moment!
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ScaredyKat wrote:
Thanks everyone for your replies Smile I am in the north of scotland so my nearest bootfitter would be Aberdeen or Inverness, I have spoken to someone who had a good experience in craigdon sports, Aberdeen so i will get on the case! Also good to know re beginners lessons, im just wary of the steeper blues at the moment!


+ 1 for Craigdon in Aberdeen. Maybe arrange a lesson or two at the Aberdeen artificial ski slope (http://www.aberdeensnowsports.com/) while you're at it, and try out those nice new boots Smile - maybe even get to meet me, ha! As for steeper slopes, lessons will get you there!
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Does anyone know if Craigdon give snowheads discount?
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@ScaredyKat, one point though, if you are really hooked and a fast learner, etc. fit and devote adequate time and motivation, etc. there's a reasonable chance that the boots that are ideal to this early learning (sic) stage will not be ideal once you have made another few weeks improvement.

So economically, it may make more sense to hire better quality boots (good shops will have a variety of "levels") until you are ready to buy boots that will last a decent length of skiing. i.e. a good, well fitted boot should, IME get you ~>120 days skiing (so at 2 weeks a year, 10 years).
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Haven't used Craigdon in Aberdeen but got my boots fitted at their Perth store (recommended by CEM) and was very pleased with the service.
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