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post #1 of 6
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I am getting ready to buy my first pair of skis and seem to be finding conflicting information about length everywhere! 

I am a beginner to intermediate (comfy on a blue slope, I go down black but don't love it) skier that will be skiing a lot this winter (assuming we have snow!) 

All but one weekend will be spent skiing Mid-Atlantic.  I bought myself a nice pair of boots last winter and now it's time for the skis.  Reading reviews (and looking at price) I decided on the Blizzard Viva 7.4 now I need to know what size.

I am 5'4, 135 lbs.  Skiing is a fairly new sport to me so I like control out there.  I don't want to ge  a ski that is so short I ougrow it in a season as I get more agressive but also don't want to spend all season in a ditch : )

Thoughts>

post #2 of 6

shorter generally will be easier to ski with poor technique but may make for some bad habits. i'd say anwhere from high 140s-170 depending on what u want.

post #3 of 6

Skiing mostly in the Mid Atlantic at your height and weight, I would be looking at the 149 (should be chin to nose height) or 156 (nose to forehead) length.  The difference would be the 149 will initially be slightly easier to turn and slightly less stable, while the 156 will have slightly more stability but require slightly more effort to turn.  Chose which is more important to you at this time in your development.  If you are skiing very conservatively error on the short side.  If you are pushing yourself on the slopes to get better error on the longer side.

 

With that being said, the Viva 7.4 is a fine ski but if you can afford just a couple of dollars more, I would spring for the Viva 7.6 which is a much better ski and a ski that you will be able to use as you progress from intermediate to advance to beginnign level expert.  The 7.6 is that good!  The 7.4 will be fine for now and as you progress towards advanced skiing but will start to let you down as you advance even further.

 

Good luck!

 

Rick G

post #4 of 6

Welcome to EpicSki!  Which is your favorite place in the Mid-Atlantic?  I ski in VA and NC.  A bit too far to get to WV or PA.

 

Did you get the boots from a ski shop with a boot fitter?  Have you ever demo'd skis?  Even though you don't have that much experience, you'd be surprised how easy it is to tell which skis work well and which don't.  Generally best to demo a least a few pairs of skis before buying, if at all possible.

 

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Originally Posted by coachkati View Post

I am a beginner to intermediate (comfy on a blue slope, I go down black but don't love it) skier that will be skiing a lot this winter (assuming we have snow!) 

All but one weekend will be spent skiing Mid-Atlantic.  I bought myself a nice pair of boots last winter and now it's time for the skis.  Reading reviews (and looking at price) I decided on the Blizzard Viva 7.4 now I need to know what size.

I am 5'4, 135 lbs.  Skiing is a fairly new sport to me so I like control out there.  I don't want to ge  a ski that is so short I ougrow it in a season as I get more agressive but also don't want to spend all season in a ditch : )

Thoughts>

post #5 of 6
Thread Starter 

I did get my boots fitted at a local shop.  We don't have a lot of ski selection around here so I'm looking online for those but did spend an afternoon with a boot fitter getting the right pair.

We ski mostly VA & WVA.  My son is starting on the race team this year (last year he just did the development team) so we will get a change to see a lot of the VA  / NC resorts!

post #6 of 6

Have you ever gone to a ski swap?  There is one at Wintergreen on Black Friday, Nov. 23.

 

What length skis were you using before?  From what you've mentioned so far, does seem like 149 would be a good length for VA, WV, NC slopes.

 

I don't know anything about the Blizzard Viva.  Have you considered anything from K2?

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