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Broke College Kid...ski recomendations?

Postby thedudeabides » Wed Oct 30, 2013 12:09 pm

The air is getting cold and the snow is on its way, and this guy is getting very excited for another ski season. This year, I'm planning on adding some back country trips to the itinerary, and I'm hoping to find a solid ski that I can take anywhere. What do you guys recommend that's (relatively) cheap, light, and versatile?
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Re: Broke College Kid...ski recomendations?

Postby painless4u2 » Wed Oct 30, 2013 12:26 pm

I'm not a broke college kid (certainly was one though long ago) but am really a tightwad when it comes to spending. Finally broke down and replaced my old Solomon Screams with some demo Dynastar Cham 87's. They're light, all-mountain skis good for back country, and just about everything else. Bought 'em online including bindings. They had been used all of 6 times. PM me if you want more info.
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Re: Broke College Kid...ski recomendations?

Postby rickinco123 » Wed Oct 30, 2013 12:27 pm

Just buy whatever you can find cheaply. I used to take out like 20+ pairs of skis per season. Around '98 they just stopped making bad skis due to technology. If you are looking for one for specific conditions, read on line reviews. That's the best you can do without actually demo'ing them.

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Re: Broke College Kid...ski recomendations?

Postby MatB » Wed Oct 30, 2013 12:57 pm

Craigslist, Geartrade.com, REI garage sales (though you have to purchase a membership).

I've gotten some absolute steals at REI garage sales. Pair of full tilt boots for 75 (the intution liners alone are worth over a hundred that now sit in my AT boots), some La Sportiva Trangos for 89 that had been worn once (even if it isn't what your looking for, just an example/me being proud of my bargain hunting).

Get an idea of exactly what you want, then start searching and be patient (if you can).

Sorry, just paid closer attention to your question. I have no advice for you on what ski, good luck.
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Re: Broke College Kid...ski recomendations?

Postby jrs1965 » Wed Oct 30, 2013 2:29 pm

If you're okay with used, in the Colorado Springs you can check at Mountain Equipment Recyclers, or Gearonimo. Both shops will occasionally will have some used AT gear. You can also check with Mountain Chalet, sometimes they sell their previous years AT rentals.

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Re: Broke College Kid...ski recomendations?

Postby SchralpTheGnar » Wed Oct 30, 2013 2:52 pm

I'd recommend the Google Search Engine X-Screams?

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Re: Broke College Kid...ski recomendations?

Postby COBuckeye » Wed Oct 30, 2013 3:14 pm

Another option that is hit or miss...consignment stores/thrift stores in ski towns. There is a good one in Frasier on US40, I think it is called the Ice Box, but I don't really know. I'm sure Breck, Frisco, Silverthorn all have something similar.
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Re: Broke College Kid...ski recomendations?

Postby BillMiddlebrook » Wed Oct 30, 2013 3:38 pm

How broke are you? If you're really strapped for cash and already have an alpine setup, you really have two issues: 1) ascending backcountry terrain and 2) using your current alpine skis.

You could just buy Alpine Trekkers plus skins and use your current alpine boot+ski setup. It's a good way to start in the backcountry with a cost-of-entry of about $250.
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Re: Broke College Kid...ski recomendations?

Postby EatinHardtack » Wed Oct 30, 2013 3:43 pm

Here's a full setup for a good price - http://www.14ers.com/php14ers/gearclass.php?entry=1909&start=25&cpgm=gearmain

Not sure what you're looking for in a ski but if you're looking to go light and pretty versatile look into G3 Skis or something in the Black Diamond line up (you can usually find some good deals on either brands).
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Re: Broke College Kid...ski recomendations?

Postby TeamDino5280 » Wed Oct 30, 2013 4:49 pm

EatinHardtack wrote:Here's a full setup for a good price - http://www.14ers.com/php14ers/gearclass.php?entry=1909&start=25&cpgm=gearmain

Not sure what you're looking for in a ski but if you're looking to go light and pretty versatile look into G3 Skis or something in the Black Diamond line up (you can usually find some good deals on either brands).


Thanks for the plug !
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Re: Broke College Kid...ski recomendations?

Postby MatB » Wed Oct 30, 2013 6:36 pm

I got some trekkers with 6-7 days on em that I'll sell ya for 75. PM if interested.
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Re: Broke College Kid...ski recomendations?

Postby thedudeabides » Thu Oct 31, 2013 1:13 pm

Thanks guys! This gear is super tempting...the penny pinching starts.....
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