Eventually, all skiers learn the importance of getting their boots properly fit. It may take more than a season in rental boots, hand-me-downs or Craig’s List re-treads, but in time, even the most plodding intermediates figure out that maybe it’s their boots that are holding back development and impinging on their enjoyment of the sport.
In 1985, there were 727 lift-served ski areas in the U.S. Today that number is 427, a decrease of 40 percent.
If you’re in the market for new skis, you’ll discover a wild diversity in prices. Skis that sell with bindings for $399 are arrayed alongside models with sticker prices well above $1,000, bindings not included. What does the $1,000 ski have that the $399 model doesn’t, other than the hope of fishing a minimum of 600 more dollars out of your income stream?