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Where to start? Women's skis for a recovering snowboarder.

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Hi all!

 

So I've been browsing this forum quite a bit over the past few weeks, and have finally decided just to start a thread with my specific question. If it's been covered before (likely) please just point me in the right direction. I started skiing when I was 4 (err.. sliding precariously down a mountain) and took lessons every year until I was approx. 15. At that time I could handle blacks no problem. Then I did something which I am beginning to regret: I switched to snowboarding. Not that I don't love it.. but now that I live in Colorado I'm feeling like skiing would give me better/easier access to some BC terrain. I'm planning to demo a bunch of skis at the beginning of this season to see what I might like.. but I'm also keeping my eye on craigslist for good deals on skis & bindings. My very general question is: What should I try? Where to start? My intent with buying a ski setup is to access terrain that is less accessible with my board. ie. doing some hiking to get to the powder & trees. This has me leaning towards AT gear/fatter skis.. But I'm thinking that after taking a 14 year break.. I might have to start with something a little easier to maneuver. 

 

I've talked to a few sales people at shops.. & their response is all over the place. Some are convinced that I'll have my ski legs back in no time.. & others think it'll take a full season. Has anybody out here had the experience of getting back on skis after a long time off? I have experience with x-country & skate skiing and am quite comfortable with those. Also, any info on sizing would be helpful. I'm 5'6" & 125 lbs. I was thinking of trying skis in the range of 160-165. I've found some deals on skis like the Volkl Kiku & Aura, Rossignol Voodoo SC80, K2 Phat luvs, lotta luvs, etc. 

 

Any opinions?

post #2 of 9
Thread Starter 

Oh, & I should say I've read enough to know how important getting the right boot is. I've tried on a few pairs & so far like the Scarpa Gea the best for fit. Are there any issues (besides $$$!) with getting an A/T boot to start?

post #3 of 9

Welcome - We have help groups, ten step programs here for recovering boarders. Meanwhile, go get a pair of Blizzard Black Pearls, slap some Barons on them, and never look back. Seriously, the best smaller female AT setup in the universe for Colorado, very easy to maneuver, will hold up to everything from hardpack to thigh-deep pow.  

post #4 of 9
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Thanks! I will put them on my demo list smile.gif You don't think I would be biting off more than I can chew with those? 10 steps eh? Do I have to put a coin in a jar every time I say "steezy"?

post #5 of 9

OOOOOOK......backup fer justasec. There are a couple of distinctions to consider.

 

There are AT boots that are suited for uphill work such as the Scarpas and Dynafits (among others) that BTW have a bit of downhill capability.

 

Then there are alpine boots that are suited for downhill work such as the new Tecnicas that BTW are light and have a hinged cuff that can do some reasonable climbing.

 

 

 

Set some priorities.........................

 

If your priorities are for the tour......go for a Dynafit compatible AT boot, Dynafit binding, and whatever ski.

 

If your priorities are for the downhill aspect, go for something like the Tecnica Buswhacker boot and a Marker "Tour" binding which is much lighter than the Baron but with similar downhill capabilities. Also get a whatever ski although the Black Pearl, Fischer KOA are among the very best available.

 

SJ

post #6 of 9
Thread Starter 

ah, ok! I think my priority will be for downhill, with the occasional out of bounds trip. Actually.. my first priority will be to re-learn how to ski to make sure I can actually tackle the BC. I'll try some Technicas too, thanks! Haven't heard many good things about the Marker Tour's though.. they seem to break a lot? I was thinking of looking for some Barons. 

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Originally Posted by Lmagnuss View Post
Haven't heard many good things about the Marker Tour's though.. they seem to break a lot? I was thinking of looking for some Barons. 

There's some evidence that their toes have issues with knee drop falls, which can happen in trees, places where you stop abruptly while in touring mode. I've seen photos of the problem, which stems from a bit of plastic stop that doesn't go far enough. I don't know what the incidence is, don't know if they've changed anything this year, or are writing off the reports as within the statistical envelope. The Baron's a proven design - some may think it's ready for a few changes - and while it weighs more than the Tour, it weighs significantly less than a standard Alpine rig. 

 

post #8 of 9
Thread Starter 

Thanks! Just to complicate things, I found really good deals today on last years G3 Onyx bindings & Atomic Century Skis. I know I should wait & demo.... but I'm just so excited for winter! It makes me want to pull the trigger on some gear just so I can stare at it longingly until the hills open. A friend of mine suggested that demoing might just confuse me (for my first pair in 14 years) & make me spend more $$ than I want. Also, since the last pair of skis I was on had pointed tips.. all of these new tech skis will likely feel great. I mean, if I really take to skiing.. I'm likely to buy another pair in the next few years anyways.. Maybe I should just pick a pair based on reviews & price? What a ramble... 

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Originally Posted by SierraJim View Post

OOOOOOK......backup fer justasec. There are a couple of distinctions to consider.

 

There are AT boots that are suited for uphill work such as the Scarpas and Dynafits (among others) that BTW have a bit of downhill capability.

 

Then there are alpine boots that are suited for downhill work such as the new Tecnicas that BTW are light and have a hinged cuff that can do some reasonable climbing.

 

 

 

Set some priorities.........................

 

If your priorities are for the tour......go for a Dynafit compatible AT boot, Dynafit binding, and whatever ski.

 

If your priorities are for the downhill aspect, go for something like the Tecnica Buswhacker boot and a Marker "Tour" binding which is much lighter than the Baron but with similar downhill capabilities. Also get a whatever ski although the Black Pearl, Fischer KOA are among the very best available.

 

SJ


Some of the best fact finding here.^^^^^

 

I recently tried some boots on and am pretty enthused about the fit and feel of the Tecnica Viva Crossfire, with a walk feature, which is their "slack country" boot.  

Something like that may be the right fit for what you need, then you can demo some skis.

 

 

IIRC, Loveland has a huge demo selection, perhaps you can see what you like, when you get your boots figured out. smile.gif

 

Then........we'll talk about a demo list.  I am just full of ideas for that!

 

 

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