If you shop smart, you can find high-performance gear at wallet-friendly prices. Here are seven quality skis and boots to get you started. These four skis and three boots offer quality performance for moderate prices.
These are the least expensive beginner skis¿lightweight and designed for the entry-level skier looking to gain confidence and improve without overspending. Testers were coached to ski as if they were first-year skiers looking for a ski on which to learn.
K2 reduced its SKUs by about 25 percent last year and is reducing them again for 2001-2002, this time putting nearly all of its eggs in the very successful MOD basket (see SKI Magazine's "Ski of the Year" in the January 2001 issue).