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Stats, Age 40, 5'0", 115 pounds, good fitness level, not adventurous - 20 years experience and still plowing the groomers. I finally got her to start parallel turning down Shirley Lake last season when the snow was soft. She actually started to enjoy it after she stopped thinking she was going to die.

 

Next step, carving.

 

She also had never used anything but standard rental skis. I had tried numerous times to get her on demo skis to no avail - she just wouldn't believe me that that there would be enough difference. Any of you husbands ever have a similar experience?

 

Anyways, one fine late season day at Crystal Mountain they decided not to groom the blues and the only way down was through chopped up crud. After fighting it all morning, she tried the K2 Superstitious, and she has seen the light.

 

I'd like to get her off the rentals market now while the deals are flowing. She liked that particular ski, but she has nothing to compare it to. So, my question is this - based on what's said on the K2 website, the Superstitious is one of their more advanced skis. My concern is that she might be happier on something less demanding. I'd like the Bear's input.

 

She has her own boots, by the way.

post #2 of 7

If she liked it, it is not "too much ski" for her.  Usually, most people hate skis that are truly too much.  You might consider some of the offerings from Rossi, they tend to be very rewarding for skiers who are progressing, and very easy to ski well.  Also, the LINE celebrity is a great all-around choice.

post #3 of 7

Skis for consideration:

 

Dynastar Exclusive series.

Kastle LX

Stockli Sinox Motion

post #4 of 7

Try and demo the fischer      koa75 in a 150.They are a well respected ski on this site with the gals and gave my wife so much confidence that she was going down alot of the black diamond runs where we ski ( mammoth ) with no issues; they seemed to noticably stay on the snow and were very quiet they never seemed to get loose and really gave her alot of confidence.In my opinion most of the women don't like the speed it takes to let their skis go and be able to ski the chopped up powder you get at most resorts when the fresh is gone so a fat ski doesn't really do them much good, let her tear it up on a skinny ski on the stuff she mostly skis.

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As it would happen, I've had the good fortune of demo'ing a lot of women's skis in a lot of range of abilities and have good news for you.

 

There are a ton of good skis that you can get her at this stage of her skiing that will make her happy and will allow her to grow in her ability.

 

I would not be afraid of the K2 SuperStitious.  Even though that is considered an advanced ski, its also quite forgiving yet will not necessarily hold her back from improving.

 

A few others that I'd strongly suggest are the Koa that Viking mentioned.  Its a good ski for improving while being a very easy ski to ski, so it  is not likely to be too demanding.

 

The rossignol Echo8 Attraxion is another one that was fun and lively, yet made turning easy as can be.

 

I'd also strongly consider the Blizzard Viva 7.6 or 7.4's. both are great skis in this category.

 

The Kastle LX suggested above is a beautiful ski, and one of my personal favorites, but it can be one of the more demanding skis in this category and may not be ideal for her at the moment.  She'll enjoy that in a year or two!biggrin.gif

 

The world is her oyster!

 

There are some tags on the side of this page that can help you find information on these skis.

 

Hope this is helpful!

post #6 of 7

Glad to see I am not alone! Very similar situation with my better half...5'7"...125lbs...very athletic, NOT very adventurous...used to ski with confidence in her early twenties...3 kids and 12 years later she is very cautious...bought her the Volkl Estrella for Xmas, and she likes it, but I feel like something softer and maybe even some rocker might make life easier for her...Blizzard Black Pearls an option? Koa sounds interesting too! Something to inspire some confidence for a woman that CAN ski pretty well...!! Southern VT and Catskills...On-piste 70%- off-piste 30%...

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Glad to see I am not alone! Very similar situation with my better half...5'7"...125lbs...very athletic, NOT very adventurous...used to ski with confidence in her early twenties...3 kids and 12 years later she is very cautious...bought her the Volkl Estrella for Xmas, and she likes it, but I feel like something softer and maybe even some rocker might make life easier for her...Blizzard Black Pearls an option? Koa sounds interesting too! Something to inspire some confidence for a woman that CAN ski pretty well...!! Southern VT and Catskills...On-piste 70%- off-piste 30%...



Estrella is a pretty unforgiving ski. The fore mentioned Koa is a great choice as is the Dynastar Eden or even the Idyll. 

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