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Intermediate ski for women in the icy northeast

post #1 of 10
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I'm just now getting back into skiing after 20 years of 'hibernation' and I'm looking to buy a ski that can carve up the ice in the Northeast with ease, but still deal with some of the variable conditions (crud, moguls). I am a good intermediate, I like the blues but would occasionally venture into an easy black if I'm bold enough. I'm 5'4" and 140 lb. I've looked at the following:

-Atomic Cloud 9

-K2 Superific

-Dynastar Exclusive Legend Idyll 

-Salomon Origins Lava

 

I'm hoping one of these would make me a better, more confident skier in any condition. I know that a demo would help, but it's hard to find a shop close to home that has these skis in the right size.  I think I started my search too late in the season, even though there are great deals now. Any suggestions?

post #2 of 10

Hi Drimah,

 

I went through the same process last year, came back after 20 years. I would encourage you to demo a few pairs. I ended up buying and upgrading to something a bit more advanced after 3 or 4 weekends. Can't help with the recommendations as I'm not female cool.gif

 

 

PaleAle

post #3 of 10

I was buying skis at xmas for a young relative who is intermediate and narrowed the list down to the Cloud 9 and Exclusive. (i actually ended up getting a great deal on a Stockli Stormrider L mens ski that is a big hit)

post #4 of 10

I've heard great things about the Dynastar Exclusive Idyll, but the Cloud 9 is a good choice, too. You could also check out the Atomic Affinity Storm.

 

I'm an eastern skier, and I ski the  Volkl Tierra. A wide shovel to get you through anything, and they'll ride the hardpack like they're on rails. Also good for a few inches of powder. Not the best mogul ski (they're pretty stiff), but a good, all around eastern ski. I love 'em so much I'm on my second pair..

post #5 of 10
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Originally Posted by Ski Diva View Post

I've heard great things about the Dynastar Exclusive Idyll, but the Cloud 9 is a good choice, too. You could also check out the Atomic Affinity Storm.

 

I'm an eastern skier, and I ski the  Volkl Tierra. A wide shovel to get you through anything, and they'll ride the hardpack like they're on rails. Also good for a few inches of powder. Not the best mogul ski (they're pretty stiff), but a good, all around eastern ski. I love 'em so much I'm on my second pair..



a ski that isnt good in mogul kinda of is BLAH he on the east coast. Unless your one of those types that only wants to ski groomed.

 

 

post #6 of 10

Glad to see your coming back.  I'm going to assume at you base your ability on what you skied as straight skis and therefore would suggest that you seriously consider skis at a higher level.  As I've just switch from straight to shaped I can attest to the fact your level will improve dramatically as you have a solid foundation and only require to adjust to the shaped ski technique (a possible lesson or two might help quicken that transition).

 

I have a preference to the Dynastar (my wife uses them), however, I'm sure others can give you better suggestions from experience

post #7 of 10
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Originally Posted by Pale Ale View Post

Hi Drimah,

 

I went through the same process last year, came back after 20 years. I would encourage you to demo a few pairs. I ended up buying and upgrading to something a bit more advanced after 3 or 4 weekends. Can't help with the recommendations as I'm not female cool.gif

 

 

PaleAle

This is good advice.

 

I was approached by some of the ladies who were skiing at the Gathering this past week and had some suggestions for them to try but also encouraged them to demo. 

 

A couple skis that come to mind to put on your demo list are Rossignol Temptation78,  Blizzard Viva 7.6, Atomic Cloud 9 or Affinity(as suggested above), Fischer Vision, .........

 

Welcome back to skiing.   Enjoy!!

 

 

post #8 of 10
Thread Starter 

I actually went nuts and demo'd 5 skis yesterday at Hunter Mountain. I tried the Salomon Origins Lava (although they only had it in a 144 cm), the Rossignol Atraxxion 6, the K2 Superific, the Dynastar Exclusive Idyll and the Atomic Cloud 9. The K2 was too soft and the Rossignol was nice but a bit too much like my old Rossignols from way back when. I thought the Idyll felt very solid but in the end my favorite was the Atomic Cloud 9 as it just carved and carved and literally threw me into the turns. It was the only one that held a real edge no matter what ice came up, and it was still OK when the snow got sticky with the new snow coming down. The only down side is that I tried them at the end of a long day and they liked the short turns so much that I felt tired after a while. I loved the Atomic edge and grip so when I went back to the ski shop they recommended an alternate-the Atomic Cloud D2 73. Supposedly this is a step up from the Cloud 9 and because of the dual layers let's you make wide, relaxed turns with a soft ski (when I get tired) that will stiffen up and hold an edge at higher speeds for aggressive carving. Anyone have experience with this ski? I see that I'm settling into my usual level of solid intermediate (can ski any blue, and probably due a super easy black but with a great deal of trepidation) and want a ski that's not too much for me to handle, but will let me move up a level or two with ease.

post #9 of 10

Sounds like you had an educational demo experience.  If you liked the Rossi but found it to be too similar to your old one, then perhaps you should try one of the Rossi Temptation skis, probably the 78.

 

Edit to clarify: 

The Rossi attraxion 6 is very similar to the past versions of Rossi Attraxion,  The Echo 8 is a much better version, but the Temptation blows them away.  

Other front side skis that rise to the occasion are the Blizzard Viva 7.6 and Nordica Cinamon Girl. 

 

 


Edited by Trekchick - 3/5/12 at 7:20pm
post #10 of 10

Bought the Blizzard 7.6 two weeks ago.

 

Love it.

 

Alli

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