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post #1 of 7
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Hi All - I'm 40+ female, 5' 6" and 200lb.  I think I'm too heavy for a "women's" ski.  I've skied a handful of times, always after a half day lesson.  Live near Seattle so ski Whistler, Mt Baker, Stevens Pass.  Just skied Snoqualmie Summit West and am told I'm now doing parallel turns - badly - but doing them.  Hubby bought me my own boots last month - Atomic B70.  We are planning to ski this season and I'd like to buy my own skis but am lost with all the technical pieces.  I am enjoying skiing, comfortable on blues, not an aggressive skier (I'm afraid of getting hurt). 


My rental skis have been in the 148-152 length.  Evogear has an awesome sale currently - it would be great to catch a sweet deal.  Hoping for advice regarding ski width, camber/rocker, etc.  There's so much to choose from I'm not sure where to start.  Is there somewhere else in this forum that already provides this info?  Thanks

Edited by pkh2o - 12/31/11 at 2:40pm
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Just found a great price for Head XRC P99 with Tyrolia SL100 bindings at LevelNineSports (found the link in the forum smile.gif

specs are:   Sidecut: 116-70-101
Turn Radius: 11.6m

length 149cm




anyone care to share their opinion?  am I posting in the wrong forum????

post #3 of 7

You might try the Ski Diva forum at http://www.theskidiva.com/ - "For Women Who Ski."


Good luck with your search, and welcome to the sport! You did right to get boots first.

post #4 of 7

One of the realities is that you may not have the fluidity or the dynamics of a ski racer, but you have the weight to bend a longer ski.  The shorter skis that you have been using are great for maneuverability, but they sacrifice the edge length that you may want for hard snow grip.  At your ability level and weight, you should be able to ski a 160 to 165 comfortably (maybe even longer).


As for technologies:

It seems like you are a frontside skier.  Most of the runs that you will be doing are groomers with occassional chopped up snow.  You may venture off piste, but that won't happen that often.  Ski width should be somewhere in the mid 70ish to mid 80ish mm range.  Think skinnier waist for groomers.  Think wider for more versatility.  Also a wider waisted ski will help support your mass.


Rocker is a huge buzz word for skis.  Tip rocker in theory should help you initiate turns since your edge contact length is shorter.  It will also help you get away with a longer ski.


As for specific skis:

Have you visited your local specialty ski shop lately?  I don't mean the local Sports Authority.  What does it have to say?


If you choose that Head ski, get the longest version which I think is a 163.



post #5 of 7

I don't think there is a one ski that is a true "all mtn." ski.


Find a good shop in your area and tell them where and what type of skier you are.

Let them advise you.


I recommend demoing skis also, either at the ski area or from said shop.

Although until you get a lot more days in you probably won't really be able to tell the differences

from ski to ski.

But you might find a ski that feels great, then start from there.


Good luck 

post #6 of 7

No, you're not too "heavy" for a "woman's ski"!!!!!!


First, yeah, go to Ski Diva. All things chick, but serious. There are no Rainbow Pony girls there.


How are you built? Are you apple, pear or sturdy-all-over? A woman's center of gravity is generally lower than a man's

and the "woman's ski" of today is a far cry from the old "paint 'em purple and say they're for girls" marketing.


While I'm shorter than you are, I'm no ballerina weight either. I got to demo the 2012 K2 She's Back (80 underfoot, in the 156whatever length)

for the past 5 days at Sugarbush. I thought it would be too much ski for me. No way! This one has speed rocker, and for me, it really worked.


The longer length kept me stable at speed and the extra width made them super-easy to get on edge. Conditions went from Elmer's Glue homemade to fluffy powder to scraped off from the lunch-tray crowd on the same runs. I felt safer because I didn't feel like I needed to "avoid" anything. Yahoo! The rocker absolutely makes them ski shorter.


And you really, really, really love your boots, right? And a bootfitter fixed 'em up for you?


As for actual skis....hell, Lindsay Vonn rides a men's ski. Who cares if it works for you? Demo some stuff to see what you like.

My personal 2¢ is that if you're built kinda girly, even if not tiny, a woman's ski really does have some differences that made me a better skier.


But the boots made a bigger difference.


The ladies at Ski Diva like some Volkls, the K2s & Dynastar. Check 'em out!


Whistler...oh, I'd love to go!





post #7 of 7



Anyway....here's what I was skiing. In theory it's an advanced-expert ski. I might be a level or two beyond you, but not much.

I am certainly no expert!


I am comfortable in parallel and can vary turn shapes, etc. But you won't find me on any blacks yet and I don't much care for icy bumps.


I LOVE a wide open boulevard with powder or packed powder to just cruise cruise cruise, but I can honestly say that this

particular ski made me not fear being 'aggressive" (at my own level). My other skis (beginner K2s) were just too soft and noodly to be stable at

speed and I was getting bumped out all over the place.


These were light and strong. I could float in the powder (man that's harder to do than I thought!!!), cut through crud and they were still stable

on the icy stuff.


And these are "woman's skis."





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