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Is a 150cm ski too short for my wife?

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We're looking to buy new skis for my wife before this season starts to take advantage of the preseason sales.  She's been away from skiing for a couple of years due to us having young kids but since we've moved to CO we're looking at skiing lots more this season.  Her favorite ski in the past was the K2 True Luv.  I'd like her to have something wider like the Lotta Luv since we'll be (hopefully) on soft snow all the time and it's gotten some great reviews.  She's a content intermediate (probably a solid level 6) who spends the vast majority of her time on blue groomers but will occasionally venture into some light crud, untracked or a black groomer.  She's 5'4" and weighs about 115 lbs.  Is 150cm too short?  Would the mid 150's be better?  There's a Lotta Luv 149cm with bindings available online for $440.  Any other ski recommendations?  Thanks!

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I was looking at the Lotta Luvs for my wife and daughter a couple of years ago. My wife is 5'4", 140 and my then 22 year old daughter is 5'1", 115. I found a screaming deal on two pairs of Tough Luvs and bought them a 156 and 149, respectively. They are similar to the Lottas but a little wider. Both the Lottas and Toughs have metal layers.

 

Both my wife and daughter were coming from skis with waists in the mid 70s. The new skis raised both of their skiing hugely. Neither of them feel their new skis are too long even with the wider waist and beefier overall construction.

 

I expect the Lottas will feel a little more maneuverable than the Toughs. I'm thinking the 156, or thereabouts would be the right choice for your wife.
 

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150 seems a bit on the short side.  I'm 5'0" and usually get skis around 150-152.  My first pair of good shaped skis were One Luvs.  While I liked them, I moved on to Rossi Attraxion 8 for the next pair.  With the wide shovel, I can have fun in powder if it's not too deep without having to go get something wider.

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I ended up getting my wife the 2011-2012 Salomon Lady in 153cm.  Hope she likes them.  Thanks for the input.

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Many good skiers push the idea that longer is inherently better but some noted instructors and ski shops continue to insist that the primarily advantage of length is stability at speed so if the ski is stable at the higher end of the speeds she likes ski and it's the length she is comfortable with then it's the right length. I predict she will love'em.

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Originally Posted by steveturner View Post

Many good skiers push the idea that longer is inherently better but some noted instructors and ski shops continue to insist that the primarily advantage of length is stability at speed so if the ski is stable at the higher end of the speeds she likes ski and it's the length she is comfortable with then it's the right length. I predict she will love'em.

 

I agree with Steve. The current generation of skis have a lot more latitude in what lengths will work for skiers. I think it depends on what your wife is comfortable with.With her weight & being an intermediate, I think she can be happy on 150's.  As Steve noted, the longer ski will give her more stability at fast speeds. I don't think there will be much difference for her at medium speeds on-piste. The 2011 Lotta Luv's are 152-82-110 so they have a fat shovel & get great reviews,

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agree with the observations on length, my wife is 5-5 and had skied 159s, feared 153 would be too short.  Her newer 153's were far far better and helped her skills.  She can likely move up some but for what you noted, the ones picked up will likely be fine.   If not, well, given your in Colorado, it would never hurt to have a few pair for specific conditions or runs.

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150 cm should be fine, unless she is a speed demon.

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