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My wife FINALLY made the call.  She's currently on a pair of Volkl 724 EXS from many years ago.

 

She is a pretty strong intermediate skier.  She only skis on piste at a moderate pace in Tahoe.  5'4" 120 lbs.

 

She will only have one pair of skis, so she will need something to handle everything from early morning ice to skied out powder.

 

Any suggestions?

post #2 of 8

Paging Trekchick!

 

No specific recommendations fron me, but I suggest you PM Trekchick and pose your question to her.  She lives in the Tahoe area and works at a local ski shop. She'll be your best EpicSki source of ski recs. 
 

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Originally Posted by mcross View Post

My wife FINALLY made the call.  She's currently on a pair of Volkl 724 EXS from many years ago.

 

She is a pretty strong intermediate skier.  She only skis on piste at a moderate pace in Tahoe.  5'4" 120 lbs.

 

She will only have one pair of skis, so she will need something to handle everything from early morning ice to skied out powder.

 

Any suggestions?



 

 

post #3 of 8

She's at SIA.

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Originally Posted by mcross View Post

My wife FINALLY made the call.  She's currently on a pair of Volkl 724 EXS from many years ago.

 

She is a pretty strong intermediate skier.  She only skis on piste at a moderate pace in Tahoe.  5'4" 120 lbs.

 

She will only have one pair of skis, so she will need something to handle everything from early morning ice to skied out powder.

 

Any suggestions?


Kastle LX82 is one idea if you don't want to get into all the new designs that may not matter to her.  

 

My wife is on these in a 164 (5'8", 140 lbs) - she's an advanced skier in terms of technique, but generally skies intermediate on-piste stuff at moderate to fast speeds (fast when it's wide open and uncrowded, but no mach 1 point and shoot).

 

She has found the LX's to be very capable in icy conditions (better than her 70mm waist Cloud 7's) and pretty much unflappable in 'transition' conditions (mashed up groomer conditions, 6"-8" of on-piste powder, etc.)

 

I am on the LX82 in a 172 (yes, we get plenty of "what skis on those?" sitting together on the lift, but keeping with a recent theme, the lime green hollowcore is loved by all).  I chose the LX as a ski to grow into, and I think it has been a perfect choice so far.  There is a lot of top end here, more than an intermediate is likely to drive, but I think it is very forgiving even at quite a bit of speed.

 

Great ski for a strong intermediate who wants a intermediate feature set (e.g. forgiveness) without giving up top end performance (e.g., speed, stability).     Downside is that it is pricey, upside is the integrated CTI Marker binding seems like a good setup for this class of skier, so it is an all-in price.

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My wife has been skiing the Fischer KOA 84 for the past two seasons.  It's the womans versions of the Watea.  Holds a decent edge on eastern ice and very good in variable conditions. 

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Originally Posted by MikeC View Post

 

Paging Trekchick!

 

No specific recommendations fron me, but I suggest you PM Trekchick and pose your question to her.  She lives in the Tahoe area and works at a local ski shop. She'll be your best EpicSki source of ski recs. 
 



 

 


Here I am!

 



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She's at SIA.



Just sitting at the airport on my way back home from 4 days of SIA and 2 days of SIA On Snow ski testing.  What a great week!

 

 

As to the OP......

 

There are so many great skis out there for women these days.  Skis that aren't wimpy, yet have the properties that are suited for someone with a light weight, curvy figure.

 

One thing to keep in mind is that, just because she has a volkl and likes it doesn't mean that she'll like the current volkl's (although she may) because skis have changed a lot since she got her Volkl EXS's.

 

Skis that (IMHO) fit nicely in this category are:

 

Blizzard Viva7.6

Blizzard Viva 8.1

Fischer Koa 78 

Dynastar Idyll

Rossignol Attraxion Echo8

Rossignol Temptation 78 (or 82)

And one ski that I think is really under rated is the Atomic D2. women's ski.  

 

Hope this gets you started.

 

 

post #7 of 8

My wife is exactly the same size as yours, and also skis mostly on-piste at moderate speeds.  She is very happy with her Dynastar  Exclusive Active (75 mm waist) and Dynastar Legend Eden (85 mm waist) skis.

 

Basically, if there is no new snow whatsoever in the picture, she chooses the narrow pair.  If there is some new snow and it is snowing, she chooses the wider pair.  She reports that they both ski very similarly (you would expect), but that on real hardpack, the narrower pair always gets the nod for both edge hold and liveliness, while the wider pair doesn't get grabbed as much by cut-up new snow.

post #8 of 8

Here is a great deal on the Fischer Koa 78:

http://www.evo.com/outlet/skis/fischer-koa-78-womens-2010.aspx#image=33209.Size.LengthCM_159_Image.jpg

$214 for a 150cm or 159cm.

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