this is my fourth season and i just picked up a pair of malamutes back in january. i think that while you're a beginner, they are still a good fit for what you want to do riding-wise, and your skill level should hopefully grow right into them. you never know, they could just take your riding to a new level. they are definitely a bit stiff, but they get a little better once they start breaking in. i would recommend getting a new footbed for them, though. it's all about the superfeet.