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I bought my wife a pair of skis last year and she loved it. They are a pair of beat up Rossi Edges that were rentals 140 in length. We took a couple of trips, one to Bridger Bowl (my favorite) and one to Big Mountain (Whitefish) plus a few weekends at our area places. She can handle all greens, and most blues but sometimes in survival mode. She wants to progress and has talked about wanting to take a few lessons this season, which is good, I've heard its better for spouses to not try to teach each othr to ski and I believe that. She is 5'4" and not over powering, up to this point only likes to ski groomers. I see alot of womens attivas and luvs but dont know much about them. Just looking for something forgiving but also can progress comfortably also, any ideas for skis? lengths? any other advice for her. Thanks in advance, this is my first post but I enjoy this forum alot. 

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My wife is of similar height, she ski mainly groomers but can handle a black diamond cautiously.  She has a pair of Dynastar Exclusives in 150 length and a pair of Stockli Sinox Ed Light (156). Both very nice skis.

 

Another ski worth considering is the Kastle LX or RX.

 

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Weight really matters to developing skiers. More of their time is spent carrying skis and this is physically uncomfortable with the weight of many skis. On the hill, developing skiers step and lift skis a lot. Maybe some will say that these are bad habits but they are techniques used to get down comfortably. Finally, light skis should turn faster which could give the skier the confidence to challenge a bigger hill while controlling speed with lots of turns. A ski with a slalom cut or tight GS cut will make turns easy. Perfect form is much less important than comfortably enjoying a day on the mountain.
I ski Goodes and my wife loves them too. They are very light and very quick. They edge reasonably well and are capable of carving. Unfortunately, they are fairly expensive (worth it to me and my wife). And I wouldn't recommend them for ice.
My wife liked Salomon Pocket Rockets a couple years ago when she demoed them. A used pair might still be out there reasonably priced. I picked up a used pair of older Volkl Race Tigers SL for her to ski on when it was icy. With normal plastic low DIN bindings the setup was not too heavy and she can now enjoy icy days more. On any ski, avoid race or demo bindings as this is weight that is of no benefit to her level.
FWIW my wife hated the K2 Burnin luvs I got her. Heavy and slow for her. My son liked them for icy days so it wasn't a total waste. But just because it says 'womens' does not make it right for her. Maybe a smaller version of your favorite quick turning ski. At least you will understand the traits of the ski and be able to coach more effectively. Coaching a wife is another issue...
Eric
post #4 of 6

I love to see these kinds of stories.

First of all, congrats on getting her equipment so she could start out with some consistency.  

Second of all, if she's going to take lessons, (I have a few recommendations at Bridger Bowl) she may want to talk to her instructor about what skis will help her improve, and maybe demo a few things.

 

Skis I would put on a short list for her:

Blizzard Viva 7.6

Rossi Attraxion Echo 8

K2 Super stious

Dynastar Eden

 

All of these are available in lengths in the high 140-low 150 lengths which should server her well depending on her weight.

Also, these skis are all somewhat advanced but with some forgiving properties that should help her get to the next level.  

 

If she can demo, do it!

 

post #5 of 6

Standard advice:  Invest in good boots -- and a professional fitting -- first.  It will make more of a difference in her control, comfort, and confidence than anything but the worst skis.

 

For the number of days she's currently getting, you may be better off renting for a bit or picking up some used rentals locally.  But for an inexpensive new setup, I found the K2 First Luv in 142 for $200 and the Line Shadow in 147 for $235 on Evo.com's current sale, either of which could be mounted with the Roxy N7 for $70.  (Because K2 measures differently than other ski companies, these skis will be about the same length, and both will be about 2.5" longer than her current skis.)

 

Good luck!

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Originally Posted by TheDad View Post

Standard advice:  Invest in good boots -- and a professional fitting -- first.  It will make more of a difference in her control, comfort, and confidence than anything but the worst skis.

 

 


Shame on me for not saying that.  Thanks for posting this TheDad!

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