Originally Posted by TandCsMom
I am converting back to skiing after some years of snowboarding since the kids are starting to ski now and it is just easier to ski with them. I was lucky and found an awesome deal on some boots on Craigslist here that fit perfectly, so now I'm looking for some skis.
I'm 5'2", 120 lbs and an intermediate/advanced skier. I ski in the Tahoe area and mostly groomed, but I like some powder too. I only get to ski a couple of times a year when I go up there (the downside of living in Arizona). I would like to keep the price as low as possible but still get something decent. Also, what length skis would you recommend for me? I was thinking somewhere in the 148 - 153 range.
Sorry if I'm repeating some of the stuff you've already seen in this thread, but I'm going to answer to your original post and field what seems right.
First of all, we all understand budget, especially for someone who only skis a week or two out of the season and has travel $$ involved.
Since you're mainly taking trips to the Tahoe area, and that happens to be where I live, let me ask, where do you ski? What runs do you tend to like?
There are several skis that will suit you fine for the average Tahoe ski day, some of which will be good on groomers and okay off piste and on some powder days.
If you were telling us that you were eager to get off piste and not spending much time on groomers I'd say Atomic Elysian, Salomon Geisha, Blizzard Samba, Nordica Hells Belles, but if you said you are on groomers most of the time and only get off piste some times and occasionally get into powder, I'd say, look at the Nordica Wilde Belle, Blizzard 8.0Viva, Atomic Affinity Storm, Rossi Temptation 82(or 88)..........
Man-0-man there are some great skis to consider.
Tell us, more about the mountain you ski and the runs you're on, and where you want to go.
As for the length:
I think that your size indicates something in the high 150's and low 160's depending on the ski you go for.
In a groomer ski I'd say 150's, for something off piste, I'd say in the low 160's
When you come this way, you may want to get in touch with us to see if we can help you set up a demo and see what gives you the biggest grin.
Edited by Trekchick - 11/12/12 at 11:27am