Hi there, I'm new to the site and I'm looking to get some skis this winter...and I could use some advice!
About me - 26 year old girl, 1.67cm/5'6", ~80kg/175lbs, intermediate skier, average fitness level. I've been skiing for 6 years, about 10 days a season, but this year I'll probably get more time on the snow (Yeey! ^_^) Most fun I've had so far - steep, well-groomed, wide and empty slopes :) (most reds, some blacks) I'm not an aggressive skier and usually want to stay safe instead of going extra-fast. But I sometimes enjoy going faster and my old skis weren't very happy at higher speeds, so I hope I can change that.
What I'm looking for is an all-mountain ski that will work well in all types of snow. I'll definitely be more of the time on than off-piste, so I want a ski that's good as a frontside ski, but also decent enough off-piste so that I can actually have some fun in bigger snow. Also, I'd like something that's a bit more demanding than my current level, so that it can push me to ski better, and that's stable enough.
I'm still a bit overwhelmed by the amount of models of skis out there! After some googling, I think the Voelkl Kenjas are my first option as an 80%-20% on/off piste ski. Plus, they get only enthusiastic reviews. I'm also considering the Nordica Belle-to-Belle - they're even more frontside-oriented, a smaller turn radius and they're for intermediate skiers.
What I'm not sure about:
- Ski length? The 2013 Kenjas also have tip rocker, so I understood that it means I should get them a bit longer, as the tip won’t be in the snow anyway. My old skis are 170 and I've had them since I was lighter and couldn't ski at all...so I don't think I should go for shorter skis (163), but rather stick with 170, which should be better for my weight. For carving, a smaller ski is better, so on the slopes would I be better off with a shorter ski, ~160-165? Or should I go even longer?
- Men's/unisex models? What put me off about the Kenjas is that one online store said lighter skiers will particularly enjoy them...so from this I take it that if I'm heavier, I might enjoy them less :( Now, I might have gotten this wrong, but the main difference between men's skis and women's is that the latter are made for lighter skiers and should be easier to flex. I'm not extremely fit, but being heavier and strong-boned, I wonder if I'd be better off with a stiffer ski.
Any recommendations? Do you think Volkl Kenja 170cm is a good choice for me or should I look for something else?