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 Poster: A snowHead
Poster: A snowHead
Hey, just got a job working in st anton over next winter. Therefore i need to pick up some new kit.

Firstly skis:
I'm and intermediate/advanced skier (178cm, 70kg) ski a mix of park/piste/powder and therefore looking for an all mountain twintip.
Not got a massive budget but want something that is going to last well. Been looking at the armarda el ray, k2 kung fujas, line blend, salomon 2012. Want something that's going to be good in the park but not going to let me down in the pow.

Secondly boots:
Also after some boots that will take me everywhere, will a freestyle boot still be good all over the mountain/will a normal boot make park riding more difficult?

As you can probably tell i've not got too much of a clue about kit as i've always just had poor quality hire gear. Any help would be really appreciated
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 Obviously A snowHead isn't a real person
Obviously A snowHead isn't a real person
Go to Jennewein near the Galzigbahn when you get there, speak to Geoffrey, see what's in the sale left over from last season, take advantage of the seasonnaires discount, and if you can't afford everything you need you can usually put a deposit (and passport/ID) down and pay over the season. Really you're much better off with two pairs, buy a cheap/second hand/ex demo/previous season all mountain twin here (Scott Punisher/Dynastar Big Trouble - try US ebay for cheap), then getting a pair of proper pow skis in resort (as above) - many of the hire shops in St Anton are willing to sell the fat skis they hired out last season if you ask too. Worth getting avi kit in St Anton too, particularly if you're wanting to head offpiste. Many places there can be quite avi prone.

Boots? Go to somewhere good that comes recommended. Plenty of people on here can give you info about UK fitters if you tell us where you are based, maybe some know of good fitters in Anton too. Tell the fitter what you do, how well you do it (honestly!!!) and what you want to do (you should progress a lot over the season). They will then measure your feet (SHAPE as well as size) and TELL you what boot you should have. It's not worth looking at boots yourself, unless you really know what shape you need/are buying from a v. limited market (ie stiff touring).

Oh, and have fun - St Anton is fkucing awesome!!!
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