Well guys, like I mentioned I have checked out the sports stores - immediately knowing from looking at the staff I wouldnt get to far. Today I went to a ski/patio shop and rei. Both had good advice, but both thought I must go with waxless skis. I didnt want to get into debating with them and letting them know that all of you reccomended the opposite! The other thing that Im wanting to know...I want skiing to be my work out, not really an all day thing - with kids its hard to find the time. I would really like to ski in the morning before work or after. Is there an advantage between the classic vs skate models for this type of skiing? Im not sure whats up, I take the advice from this forum over the guys I have spoken with - so I somewhat confused on the wax issue. The one shop didnt even carry wax ski. I have one store left to check that is a speciality in skiing only - I will hope for the best.