Background: So its been 2 years since I last skied and I'm not sure what I'm doing anymore. As a growing lad, I outgrew my last pair of skis (Volkl Gotama Jr's) and never got new ones due to cost.
Today, I went out to a ski pre-season event and got some 2018 K2 pinnacle 88 (https://www.evo.com/outlet/skis/k2-pinnacle-88) skis for cheap so I'm looking to get back in the game. These skis will likely see a lot of groomed snow as I become comfortable skiing again.
About me: 5'9" 130lbs. Used to ski double blacks (I can't do moguls like a speed demon though) in the Canadian Rockies. Always skied pretty well but a total noob when it came to gear. Since I never really understood gear back then, it makes it all the more confusing heading back into it 2 years later.
My questions are:
Was it wrong to get skis in size 177? I don't know how good I am anymore but I think I can regain skill relatively quickly so I went with a taller ski.
Got the skis for $350 CAD. Was this a good deal? Would these suit me well? I want to use these for a good amount of time. What separates an intermediate-expert ski from an expert ski? (Evo website is confusing me because I don't know how skill ranking works and how it's determined)
What should I do for bindings? What's the difference between expensive and cheap bindings? Are these any good: https://www.sportchek.ca/categories/shop-by-sport/alpine-skiing/ski-bindings/product/marker-squire-11-90-mm-mens-alpine-ski-bindings-332117983.html#332117983=332117984 ?
What about poles? Why are some way more than others? Would I be fine with cheap(er) poles?
Please post recommended gear in the comments.
Thank you for your time!
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