Master of Snowplow
- Aug 17, 2016
- SF Bay Area, CA, USA
As a beginner - I wouldn't worry much about skis yet make sure you have comfy boots.
It's the first thing I bought, I didnt even go to a proper fitter but mine are still comfy after 7 days of intense skiing (versus a friend who went through a fitter and his feet hurt every day ...)
I don't think that's the best route for a beginner. Boots need to be snug, otherwise you can't control your skis, and you acquire a lot of bad habits that are hard to get rid of, such as driving the skis with your upper body.
Beginner boots are comfort oriented anyways. I think the best route is going to a good shop, and asking for beginner boots, and yes, they will know. They won't give you a boot that needs custom work, they will know what you need at that point, and high performance is certainly not it. Of course you need to be honest about where you are in your journey, find a good shop, and tell them what you are looking for. Sorry about your friend, though!