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Thread Starter 

Hey!

I"m in the market for a new pair of skis.  First, I need a good website to buy them on but also, I need thoughts on good skis.  I"m an advanced skier but was out last year cuz of a torn achilles tendon.  I prefer the bumps or hiking up somewhere and hitting some powder.

 

I'm happy w/ a model from last season.  I was just at a store and was thinking of:  Dynastar Legend Eden.  Any thoughts?  I'm looking for something stiff w/ a little bend, not too shaped but a little is fine.

Thanks!

AnnieSkiGal

post #2 of 8

Welcome Annie!

 

What have you been skiing?  What have you demo'd, if any?

 

There are plenty of threads here on Epic to research different models and types of skis, and you will find proponents of basically everything on the market. There are lots of good skis on the market,  You'll get lots of advice about what other people like, and thus will recommend.

 

Since you asked, my thoughts on a  women's ski that does well in bumps and powder but is also light for hiking is the Fischer Koa models, maybe the Koa 98.  At least I've have liked the men's version, the Watea 98, for this combination.

 

That said, finding the skis that fit your preferences is another thing entirely than having someone recommend a brand or model they liked.  If you want really good advice and are planning to buy online, send a PM to Philpug who works at Starthaus in Truckee (Tahoe area) but also have an extensive listing on their website and ship to a lot of folks here on Epic. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Originally Posted by Annieskigal View Post

Hey!

I"m in the market for a new pair of skis.  First, I need a good website to buy them on but also, I need thoughts on good skis.  I"m an advanced skier but was out last year cuz of a torn achilles tendon.  I prefer the bumps or hiking up somewhere and hitting some powder.

 

I'm happy w/ a model from last season.  I was just at a store and was thinking of:  Dynastar Legend Eden.  Any thoughts?  I'm looking for something stiff w/ a little bend, not too shaped but a little is fine.

Thanks!

AnnieSkiGal

Welcome to EpicSki. 

As Desired said, the Fischer KOA Line is great and a good place to start, but its not stiff (as you suggested you'd like) 

But then a stiff ski isn't necessarily good in the bumps.  

 

The Dynastar that you describe is a nice ski but its a bit heavy (if its the system binding set up) if you want to hike with it. 

 

Based on what you say you want in a ski......

You may try some of the other skis in the category of the Koa but perhaps even a bit more performance oriented are 

Blizzard Black Pearl

Atomic Elysian

Nordica Wild Belle

(to name a few) 

 

If you really want to go on the stiff side give the Volkl Kenja a try. 

 

Hope this is helpful!

post #4 of 8
Thread Starter 

Thanks so much!  Looking forwarding to checking out the skis you guys recommended.  I missed last season and before that I was demo-ing and borrowing skis from freinds so I'm really coming from an clean slate. 

Thanks again and off to look up the models suggested!

Annieskigal!

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Annie, I've tagged most of the models being discussed on the right side of this page so you can easily look up information on them.  

Let us know if you have any other questions. 

post #6 of 8
Thread Starter 

Sweet!! Thanks!
 

post #7 of 8

Annie, welcome to Epic,

We will provide you with more info than you probably will desire; but most of it is good info!

Answers to the usual questions, in choosing skis, of your height, weight, ability level, and where you usually ski, are good starters.

Your penchant for moguls and powder are generally at different ends of the spectrum; which add to the challenge/compromise. Rocker and other design changes have changed that somewhat

What skis you have skied and liked in the past, or may have demoed, are also pertinent to your choosing.

Demoing is always the best way of determining a good fit.

The skis mentioned above could probably be good choices; but there are also many others that might suit you as well.

Good luck and I'm glad to hear you will be back at it this year!

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Welcome!  I was curious about the Dynastar Legend Eden after reading this comparison.

 

http://www.theskidiva.com/forums/index.php?threads/k2-missbehave-vs-dynastar-ex-legend-eden.9372/

 

Got a chance to demo at Big Sky last season, but not on any powder.  While it was okay, I liked the Blizzard Black Pearl a lot better.  Had lots of fun with that on the big bowl towards the top of Lone Peak that had big, soft bumps that day.  Note that I usually don't like bumps that much but did with the Black Pearl.

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