Originally Posted by akskier2
Hi, I just moved to Colorado and am trying to decide on the best ski to buy. I'm 5'9, 142 lbs, ex-racer, and like to carve on the groomers. I am having trouble finding a women's ski that's stiff enough. I need at least a 174 or 179, and many women's skis (like the Volkl Kiku or Aura) only go up to 170. I need an all mountain ski, emphasis on the ability to carve, but I want the ski to be able to decently handle off piste as well.
I'm thinking I'll have to go for a men's ski? Any recommendations?
I am your size ... I use a mixture of men's and women's skis - nothing wrong with guys' skis for us, but do look at Nordica and Blizzard for women's; they make some serious skis in longer lengths.
This is an awesome deal ... I have this ski in 177 and could ski it happily 90% of the time in CO (except for last season, ahem): http://www.skis.com/Blizzard-The-Crush-IQ-Womens-Skis-with-IQ-Max-14-Bindings-2011/275534P,default,pd.html
Stiffer and wider is the Blizzard Dakota, in 177. I love that ski. Nordica has the Nemesis, which comes in 177. I haven't skied it but hear great things -- I think it's maybe sort of in between the Blizzards I suggested, not quite as "fun" as the Crush and not quite as big as the Dakota. There are other Nordica skis with good reputations, as well.
Then what I did was find a cheaper pair of skinny skis, for the hardpack days. Since skinnier skis are not in fashion now, it's not hard to find a good deal on those. Good luck!