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Old 03-01-2009, 11:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I've posted a couple of times here before. I just moved to Alaska from Oklahoma. We arrived a few days ago. I'm in the Air Force at Elmendorf AFB in Anchorage. They have a ski slope right on the base. It's about two minutes from where I work! I've been back there a couple of times to check it out and I am very impressed! Most of the people here tell me that it's a pretty easy place, but it looks intimidating for somebody from Oklahoma. HA! Anyways, I could definitely see myself doing this. I've been to a few places around Anchorage checking out gear. So far, I've found that the place with a good selection and was the most help was the Sports Authority. They're kind of a chain store, but all of their gear is 25% off. I talked to one of the salesmen there who was a retired Air Force guy. He was tons of help and seemed to know a lot. I am looking at a K2 board. I don't know which model. It is 159cm and a wide board. I'm 6'1 and about 205 pounds. I have size 12 feet. It is $139 before the 25% off. I'm also looking at stuff for my 10 year old son. I'm willing to spend around $1,000, maybe a bit more for the both of us. Anything we should avoid? Anybody ever buy stuff at the Sports Authority? Any other suggestions for the Anchorage area?

At the ski slope on base, they offer instruction. It's an hour and a half for snow boarding, $50 for me, and $20 for my son. I'm assuming they teach us both at the same time. Is instruction worth it? Keep in mind that I have NEVER ski'd snow boarded or anything like this before. My son is pretty good at riding a skate board. Would I be better off just saving my $70 and learning on my own? I'm pretty coordinated.

Also, what do you guys wear? The weather since we got here has been around 10 to 20 degrees. It snowed quite a bit yesterday, but it's been sunny the rest of the time. We come from Oklahoma and don't have a lot of cold weather gear yet. I can't really tell what a lot of people are wearing, just by looking. Layers I'm assuming. My hands and face get real cold. I'd imagine that I will need good gloves and a face mask of some sort. Do you wear a helmet and goggles? Thanks for any info!
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Old 03-01-2009, 11:45 PM   #2 (permalink)
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First off, welcome to the board!

At 205, I would put you on a larger board depending on the type of riding you plan on doing. For instance, I rode a 158 when I first started and I'm 180. You might consider low 160's.

Also, you can get some amazing end of the season deals on major brands right now. If you want to get into the sport, you might consider them. For your first time, you should definitely rent and make sure you like it.

It's always a good idea to take a lesson first, just to understand the basics. I did not do it, though and I do just fine. It all depends on how you like to go about things. I never read instruction manuals.

I hate layers so I wear Under Armor Cold Gear and a nice coat (Quicksilver Space Station). Works for me down to near 0 degrees. Under that, I start to get cold during the down time on the lift. If your hands get cold, my wife bought some glove liners with some kind of metal thread that she likes.

If you do some basic searches on this site you'll find pretty much everything you could want to know.
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Old 03-03-2009, 01:37 PM   #3 (permalink)
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For head gear i usually just wear a balaclava i found at a hardware store. It's a thin balaclava so if it gets below 25F i just wear a seirus combo clava over it. I use some dexterity gloves that i found at a hardware store as well. For your son i would probably do the same thing as well. Here's the link: Face Masks, Seirus Combo Clava Buckmans Ski & Snowboard Shop - Burton Snowboards, Spyder, Kjus Jackets, K2 skis

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