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Howdy,

 

I'm an intermediate-->advanced skiier ready to invest in gear this year. My main gig is steep and groomed, or moguls. Comfortable on most all single blacks but seldom attempt doubles. I'm looking to push the envelope this season and develop into a better technical skiier, so I am looking for the skis that will take me there.

 

Does anyone have specific models of K2, Rossignol, Atomic or Salomon skis that they adore with my similar skill set? I get out probably 10 days a year but I've been skiing for 17 years.

 

I've been looking at both the K2 Burnin Luv and the Rossignol Attraxion 8 echo but am open to other suggestions.

 

Thanks!

Natalie

post #2 of 10

East? West? your size?

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Originally Posted by natalyaj09 View Post

Howdy,

 

I'm an intermediate-->advanced skiier ready to invest in gear this year. My main gig is steep and groomed, or moguls. Comfortable on most all single blacks but seldom attempt doubles. I'm looking to push the envelope this season and develop into a better technical skiier, so I am looking for the skis that will take me there.

 

Does anyone have specific models of K2, Rossignol, Atomic or Salomon skis that they adore with my similar skill set? I get out probably 10 days a year but I've been skiing for 17 years.

 

I've been looking at both the K2 Burnin Luv and the Rossignol Attraxion 8 echo but am open to other suggestions.

 

Thanks!

Natalie

Welcome to EpicSki!

 

When I got back into skiing, my first shaped skis bought new were K2 One Luvs based on a Demo Day in the southeast.  I'm petite, 5'0", 115 pounds. After improving, I switched to the Attraxion 8.  Have liked any Rossi ski I've tried since.  K2 and Volkl do nothing for me, but others love them.  Have had a lot of fun on Blizzards, especially the Black Pearl.  Other petite women like Dynastars.  These days I demo as much as practical when on a trip out west.

 

Really does help to know where you ski.  The designations of black, blue, green only give relatively difficulty for a given resort.  A black run at Massanutten (total vert 1100 ft) with manmade snow is nothing like a black run at Alta after a powder dump.

 

As always, the first question is what have you done about getting boots?

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post #5 of 10
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Originally Posted by natalyaj09 View Post

Howdy,

 

I'm an intermediate-->advanced skiier ready to invest in gear this year. My main gig is steep and groomed, or moguls. Comfortable on most all single blacks but seldom attempt doubles. I'm looking to push the envelope this season and develop into a better technical skiier, so I am looking for the skis that will take me there.

 

Does anyone have specific models of K2, Rossignol, Atomic or Salomon skis that they adore with my similar skill set? I get out probably 10 days a year but I've been skiing for 17 years.

 

I've been looking at both the K2 Burnin Luv and the Rossignol Attraxion 8 echo but am open to other suggestions.

 

Thanks!

Natalie

Welcome to EpicSki. 

 

First of all, you've given us some great info to go on but you left out some key facts that help us to help you. 

 

My gut says to send you in the direction of the Nordica Wild Belle, Blizzard Black Pearl  (and the like) but based on the ability, and desire for a new ski that you stated, Your size and where you actually ski may take a part in this discussion. 

If you can tell us your height and weight, as well as where you ski, this will help a lot.

While I'm leaning toward skis that are all mountain with an off piste bias, you may be better suited for something like the Rossignol Temptation 88 or 82, which are more of an on piste bias. 

post #6 of 10
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I'm 5'5" 125 lbs and normally ski in either Colorado (Summit County, Durango) or California Tahoe area. Thanks for all the advice!
 

post #7 of 10
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I'm comfortable with choosing boots as I have always been a huge Salomon fan.

post #8 of 10
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I'm comfortable with choosing boots as I have always been a huge Salomon fan.

 

It may help if we knew the runs that you like at the resorts you ski, but lets get you going in the right direction.....

 

Here are a few that you may really like in a couple different all mountain categories:

As a started but not exclusive to....

 

All mountain with an off piste bias - 

Blizzard Black Pearl

Atomic Elysian

Solomon Giesha

Fischer Koa 88

 

All Mountain with on piste bias

Nordica Wilde Belle

Rossignol Temptation 88 or 82 (both really nice)

Blizzard Viva 8.0 

Kåstle LX82

 

 

*I'm sure I'm missing a few but that is a good start.  I'll tag some on the right side so you can compare. 

post #9 of 10

I'd add to the list the Kastle FX 94 as a good versatile  ski with good edge hold and traditional camber. I also like some of the Dynastar Exclusive series. I am also 5'5" and 120 lbs.

post #10 of 10
Burnin' Luvs were my favorite skis for years. I skied nothing else. However, they are quite narrow for a single ski quiver if you are skiing Colorado. I second the suggestion of the Salomon Geisha and Blizzard Black Pearl. I own both and can recommend either without hesitation. Since I own them in different lengths, my comparison would be meaningless, but either will do wonders for your skiing and serve you well in crud, powder, bumps, and even on corduroy. However they will encourage you to venture off the groomers, I suspect. Remember the rocker and go a tiny bit longer than you're accustomed to.
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