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Women's ski that cuts through crud/chop and is good in powder?

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I looked at most of the great reviews here on women's skis, but could not find what I'm looking for, perhaps because it doesn't exist.   I got my girlfriend 156cm K2 Tru Love's after we decided to start skiing again.   They are great for the groomed runs and okay in crud, but since we are venturing more off-piste and steeper terrain she is looking for something that is better in deeper snow/powder and is more stable in the pushed up crud or chop.  We ski primarily Crystal Mountain here in the PNW (wet/heavy snow), but will make some trips to Utah and Whistler.  She is 5'3" 130lbs and a solid advanced skier.   We are going to demo some skis and I have these in mind and would like to hear your opinions on them or others I haven't thought about that may compliment her K2's.  (I am not sure what they will have to demo, that's why there are so many.)

 

In no particular order:  (revised)  I called and they have these skis to demo

Blizzard Black Pearl

Blizzard The Crush

Volkl Kenja

Line Celebrity 100

Rossi S3 or S7 W

 

Thanks.


Edited by bronch - 1/1/12 at 4:29pm
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I looked at most of the great reviews here on women's skis, but could not find what I'm looking for, perhaps because it doesn't exist.   I got my girlfriend 156cm K2 Tru Love's after we decided to start skiing again.   They are great for the groomed runs and okay in crud, but since we are venturing more off-piste and steeper terrain she is looking for something that is better in deeper snow/powder and is more stable in the pushed up crud or chop.  We ski primarily Crystal Mountain here in the PNW (wet/heavy snow), but will make some trips to Utah and Whistler.  She is 5'3" 130lbs and a solid advanced skier.   We are going to demo some skis and I have these in mind and would like to hear your opinions on them or others I haven't thought about that may compliment her K2's.  (I am not sure what they will have to demo, that's why there are so many.)

 

In no particular order:

Blizzard Black Pearl

Volkl Kenja

Line Celebrity 100

Dynastar Legend Paradise

Rossi S3 or S7 W

Head Mya No. 8

Nordica Nemesis

 

Thanks.




Blizzard "the Crush"  try it. I have had couple friends try several skis and they ended up getting those because its rips and for most mortal doesnt no have a speed limit, float well in powder, carves groomers, and is stupid easy to ski. 163cm is the right size.

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Blizzard "the Crush"  try it. I have had couple friends try several skis and they ended up getting those because its rips and for most mortal doesnt no have a speed limit, float well in powder, carves groomers, and is stupid easy to ski. 163cm is the right size.



Great, thanks.  I added them to her list to try out.  They are more expensive than the Pearl's, but I see that they come with the IQ binding.  

post #4 of 11

Bright Side, Talk Back, She's Back.

 

I skied the She's Back for 5 days in variable and loved it.

 

Cut through glue and crud, did great in powdery, held on the ice.

 

Light enough to ski all day but stiff enough to go fast and stable.

 

http://k2skis.com/skis/womens/adventure

 

I'd also look over on Ski Diva. I happen to be particularly fond of K2s.

 

Look for 80 underfoot if powder is a possibility.

 

Cheers,

 

@

 

 

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My vote is for the Volkl Kenja or the Aura.

My wife is about the same size as your GF and takes them everywhere.

 

She has a pair of each, the Kenjas are new for her this season....she digs em a lot.

 

She has a pair of Burnin Luv's too, they sadly get left behind now...

post #6 of 11

Volkl Aura. awesome for what you want in that class of ski, IMO, and looking at what good skiers are on around here.

 

There may be some backlash around here against the Mantra, but the Aura does not have its downside; it is softer in flex and not so unevenly balanced fore and aft. I think it has an ideal flex. Great for crud, its strength in fact.

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Also, you know the Tru Luv was an entry level intermediate ski, yes?

 

The Lotta Luv is 80 underfoot and an advanced/close to experty ski.

 

She might like that.

 

And just fyi...the Luv series is now gone....replaced with SuperModel.

 

Evo has some good deals on the 2011 Luvs which were rockered.

2011 was the first year for the women's rocker, iirc.

 

Have fun.

 

Also, can you tell my boyfriend I'd like him to buy me the Superstitious?

Thanks!

 

heh.

 

Cheers,

 

@

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My vote is for the Volkl Kenja or the Aura.

My wife is about the same size as your GF and takes them everywhere.

 

She has a pair of each, the Kenjas are new for her this season....she digs em a lot.

 

She has a pair of Burnin Luv's too, they sadly get left behind now...



I appreciate it, thanks.  



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Originally Posted by davluri View Post

Volkl Aura. awesome for what you want in that class of ski, IMO, and looking at what good skiers are on around here.

 

There may be some backlash around here against the Mantra, but the Aura does not have its downside; it is softer in flex and not so unevenly balanced fore and aft. I think it has an ideal flex. Great for crud, its strength in fact.



 



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Also, you know the Tru Luv was an entry level intermediate ski, yes?

 

The Lotta Luv is 80 underfoot and an advanced/close to experty ski.

 

She might like that.

 

And just fyi...the Luv series is now gone....replaced with SuperModel.

 

Evo has some good deals on the 2011 Luvs which were rockered.

2011 was the first year for the women's rocker, iirc.

 

Have fun.

 

Also, can you tell my boyfriend I'd like him to buy me the Superstitious?

Thanks!

 

heh.

 

Cheers,

 

@



 

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Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Allison Matura View Post

Also, you know the Tru Luv was an entry level intermediate ski, yes?

 

The Lotta Luv is 80 underfoot and an advanced/close to experty ski.

 

She might like that.

 

And just fyi...the Luv series is now gone....replaced with SuperModel.

 

Evo has some good deals on the 2011 Luvs which were rockered.

2011 was the first year for the women's rocker, iirc.

 

Have fun.

 

Also, can you tell my boyfriend I'd like him to buy me the Superstitious?

Thanks!

 

heh.

 

Cheers,

 

@


Hi, thanks for your responses.  I replied to most of the above replies, but since I'm a newby here, apparently my posts are proofread.  I don't know when they will get posted, so let me say thank you to everyone for your responses.

 

Yes, I knew the K2's were an intermediate ski.  I got a good deal on last years model and thought she would get at least a season out of them since she hasn't skied in about 8 or 10 years and then it was mainly in Utah on skinny skis.  Of course, I thought wrong.  She really picked it back up quickly even though the snow and the skis are so different.   She has a good fitness level and is athletic so I don't see any of these skis as too advanced for her.    She liked the description of the Brightside, so we put that on our short list... er, long list to try.  Thanks again!

 

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My vote is for the Volkl Kenja or the Aura.

My wife is about the same size as your GF and takes them everywhere.

 

She has a pair of each, the Kenjas are new for her this season....she digs em a lot.

 

She has a pair of Burnin Luv's too, they sadly get left behind now...


I've been skiing the Kenja for 3 days this year and really love it. Unfortunately I've only been able to ski it on groomers/crud so I can't really review it yet for powder... just waiting for it to snow to try it out on some good stuff... :) 

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I've skied Kenja's big brother, the Kendo.  I wouldn't call Kendo/Kenja a powder ski for the PNW, although it definitely will bust crud.  It was a good ski for the conditions I was skiing at the time (no new snow for weeks, high freezing level, fog!), but I think I like the Kastle LX 84 better for that type of ski, as it's just as stable and responsive but more forgiving.  Forgiveness is important when you literally cannot see where you're going, which can be an issue here; forgiveness is also important when your skills are advancing and you're trying out more challenging terrain.  You don't want a ski that will take you for a ride if you get a little bit backseat.  Anyway, I think the Volkl Aura or Kiku are better choices relative to the Kenja for PNW "powder."  My husband loves his Gotamas (men's Kiku), but it's a full reverse camber ski, which can be an acquired taste for some.

 

The Rossi S3 is a playful ski, very maneuverable, great in trees.  It's my daily driver.  And very forgiving if you get knocked off balance by that bump you didn't see in the fog/flat light.  It's quite good in powder, but not the cheater ski that is the S7.  About the only thing the S7 doesn't do well is switch in powder.  Everybody says they don't ski switch in powder, but if you find yourself billygoating tight lines, sometimes it is helpful to be able to go backwards.

 

I am a fan of Line skis, they are very light and poppy and playful, built generally for the flippy spinny crowd.    If she's interested in a powder ski she can take in the terrain park, Line is the way to go.

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