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Fat ski for 125 pound teen??

post #1 of 8
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I originally posted this under the discussion of the Cochise in Member Gear reviews, but only got one response (thanks Wasachback).  The question was probably posted in the wrong place to have much viewing.

 

I'm thinking of getting a Cochise or something similar (110 range or slightly bigger) for my 16 year old daughter. Her free ski the last couple of years was a Watea 94 in a 178 and she skied these without any difficulties. Choices so far include the 177 Cochise, 176 Elan Olympus, and 177 Kastle BMX108. She is a 2nd year FIS level racer, skied 100 plus days last year, and is strong for a 125 pound girl (lifts 3x per week, olympic lifts, squats, etc &, bikes or runs most of the other days for dryland). Since she has been quite dedicated to both her studies and ski training this year, I want to surprise her with a ski that is more oriented toward powder than the Watea, but on which she can ski hard. I'm also looking for a more traditional ski (not a highly rockered twin) while she is still racing. Her coach thinks something in this category would be good, but my worry is her weight with these beefy skis. I don't have much of a feel for the stiffness of these skis as none of the stores in the Banff area have them (no one in Banff carries Blizzard or Kastle), and the stores in Calgary (70 miles away) won't get the skis fo a while. We are still in the "research" stage of ski shopping, so suggestions would be good about the Chochise or other skis that might work.

 

Her other skis include 165 Rossi SL, 182 Rossi GS, 203 Rossi SG, & 210 Atomic DH. She uses the Rossi Radical ZA boot (120 stiffness).

 

Any suggestions from the lighter folks who have skied these skis in a smaller length?

 

As an aside, she skied the 170 Volkl Aura a few years ago and loved the ski, but wanted something a bit bigger and beefier, but she got the Watea (longer) because it was on sale. The Aura became a hand-me-up for my wife, who now loves the ski. One of her peers skied the 178 Kiku and found it less than satisfying.  

post #2 of 8

If she likes Volk and she's that strong, what about the 2012 Gotama (instead of the Kiku) Our teenage girl relative who races FIS  uses a Goat for her free and powder ski. She found the Kiku girl's version too soft but loves the Goat.

 

Atomic Blog is a powder ski and Rossi S7 series are too. Since those are her preferred race brands, you may want to look at them. Atomic skis are reasonably priced too; think the 2012 Blog is available for under 600.

 

post #3 of 8

My daughter is 5'2" about 125-130 pounds.  I put her on LIne Pandora's for a powder ski and she loved them. 

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I originally posted this under the discussion of the Cochise in Member Gear reviews, but only got one response (thanks Wasachback).  The question was probably posted in the wrong place to have much viewing.

 

I'm thinking of getting a Cochise or something similar (110 range or slightly bigger) for my 16 year old daughter. Her free ski the last couple of years was a Watea 94 in a 178 and she skied these without any difficulties. Choices so far include the 177 Cochise, 176 Elan Olympus, and 177 Kastle BMX108. She is a 2nd year FIS level racer, skied 100 plus days last year, and is strong for a 125 pound girl (lifts 3x per week, olympic lifts, squats, etc &, bikes or runs most of the other days for dryland). Since she has been quite dedicated to both her studies and ski training this year, I want to surprise her with a ski that is more oriented toward powder than the Watea, but on which she can ski hard. I'm also looking for a more traditional ski (not a highly rockered twin) while she is still racing. Her coach thinks something in this category would be good, but my worry is her weight with these beefy skis. I don't have much of a feel for the stiffness of these skis as none of the stores in the Banff area have them (no one in Banff carries Blizzard or Kastle), and the stores in Calgary (70 miles away) won't get the skis fo a while. We are still in the "research" stage of ski shopping, so suggestions would be good about the Chochise or other skis that might work.

 

Her other skis include 165 Rossi SL, 182 Rossi GS, 203 Rossi SG, & 210 Atomic DH. She uses the Rossi Radical ZA boot (120 stiffness).

 

Any suggestions from the lighter folks who have skied these skis in a smaller length?

 

As an aside, she skied the 170 Volkl Aura a few years ago and loved the ski, but wanted something a bit bigger and beefier, but she got the Watea (longer) because it was on sale. The Aura became a hand-me-up for my wife, who now loves the ski. One of her peers skied the 178 Kiku and found it less than satisfying.  

 

If your daughters a charger, I see no issue buying the 177 Cochise. I felt the 193 at 170lb was actually easier to ski than the 185 at the bird. Its a rare ski that it is not super demanding, but will never really leave you down at speed.

 

 

post #5 of 8
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the replies - I also finally found someone here who has skied the Coshise, although not the 177(says the 177 was not available).  He weighs about 140 and skied the 185.  I'll probably get the Cochise for her and will post on how it works.  I suspect that she will love it.

 

The leaves are staring to turn.  Mountian and road biking will soon be history.  Lets hope for an early snow!

post #6 of 8

Techno in calgary carries the blizzard I think, and the alberta rep in in banff and skis at LL a lot (CSIA 4) and should have a demo to try or at least flex.

 

I'm in banff and will have some used kastles for sale in 2-3 weeks, but not sure of the size(s) and modles avail.

 

dave@fatskideals.com

post #7 of 8
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ski west carries Blizzard - have some pre-ordered

 

Send me an email about the Kastles and the name of the rep

 

thanks

 

 

post #8 of 8

Dave's Kastles would be a great option here, given her background.

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