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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?

 

Thanks!

post #2 of 6

Welcome to Epic.

 

If you are living in CO and plan to ski a lot, I would lean towards getting 2 skis, even if it means buying used instead of new.  1 can be piste oriented with a bit of versatility for when there is no new snow and the other wider with more of a soft snow bias.  I would think about demoing to get an idea of what is out there, but maybe others will chime in with some specific suggestions.

post #3 of 6

Welcome to Epic. I live in Colorado and easily agree with MEfree30 that you will be much happier with a two ski quiver. We are well known for a very long season with nice fresh snow dumps and extended spells of no new snow lately. At your height and weight you can look at the softer men's models of skis if you can not find a women's model to fit your skiing needs.

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Originally Posted by akskier2 View Post

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?

 

Thanks!

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!

post #5 of 6

I'm in and out of the racing circuit. For me, I still like the feel of my "race" ski because I know how to control it.  I love love love parabolic skis, The reason why I raced is because I love the feel of speed and wind in my face and of course snowing my friends when they fall. :)

 

But that is just me. 

post #6 of 6
The girls that ski with us who are ex-racer like the Volkl Kendo.
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