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post #1 of 19
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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.
post #2 of 19

I know it's probably tough to answer this ... but what level skier are you?  Before you switched to snowboarding, what kind of runs were you skiing?  The reason I ask is that I took a 5 yr hiatus from skiing and it came right back.  Within a month, I was back to my old style and expertise.  That information would help in making suggestions.  What price range are you looking at?  I know you said as "low as possible" but what is your actual dollar range?  I am sure that you are looking for a ski that will last awhile so it needs to be something you won't outgrow quickly.  Also, if you only go a couple of times a year, it might be better to demo some different skis this year and then look to purchasing next year.  Tahoe has great demo opportunities.

post #3 of 19
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I rented skis last year and did jump right back in. I would say I'm advanced. I can easily ski the black diamonds at Squaw Valley, Northstar and Alpine Meadows. However, I'm not as aggressive as I was when I was younger. I am 34 now, but was much more aggressive as a teenager. I was a skier from age 2 up until about 6 years ago.

I was hoping to keep the price around $200. I'm obviously looking at used skis in this price range. I happened to come across some Volkl Supersport Gammas in a 147 on Craigslist for $150. Do you think those would that be a good fit for me?
post #4 of 19

Welcome to EpicSki!  Out of curiosity, do you remember how many days on snow it took to get the hang of snowboarding?  My daughter is thinking she wants to give it a try again at some point.  She did a full day of ski/board school on a snowboard a couple years ago.  Decided then to stick with skis, which was fine with me since I wasn't about to buy snowboard equipment too.  Plus our mother-daughter annual trip out west is to Alta, which is for skiers only. wink.gif

 

For what it's worth, I'm 5'0", 115 pounds, advanced but older skier, and my all mountain skis are Rossi Attraxion 8 at 154 (2010 model).  When I first got back into skiing after a long hiatus, I started with 146 but I was only skiing on small hills in the southeast.  When I rent demo skis to have fatties for a powder dump on trips out west, I generally get 158-160 on some kind of rockered model.

 

Seems like 147 would be too short for you.

 

If you don't mind me asking, what are you planning for boots?

 

You might find some useful ideas here:

http://www.epicski.com/atype/9/First_Run

post #5 of 19
Thread Starter 
Hi Marznc! Snowboarding took me about 3 trips to the slopes to get to the point of making turns and getting down a blue run relatively comfortably.

As for boots, I found a pair of Lange ACD Zero x7's.

Last year I skied on 150's that I rented which seemed fine which is why I was thinking 147's would be okay.
post #6 of 19
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If you don't mind me asking, what are you planning for boots?

 

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Just won't give it up. th_dunno-1[1].gif

post #7 of 19

Wow!  Clearly you are comfortable and agile on snow.  Yeah, skiing on relatively short skis is certainly fine for a few days of fun.  I did that for several seasons when I was getting back into skiing and mostly going around with my daughter as she learned.  Before I bought better skis, I had the chance to check out longer skis during a local demo day.  That's why I went longer.

 

If you were lucky enough to hit a storm cycle, would you rent powder skis or stick with your own?

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Hi Marznc! Snowboarding took me about 3 trips to the slopes to get to the point of making turns and getting down a blue run relatively comfortably.
As for boots, I found a pair of Lange ACD Zero x7's.
Last year I skied on 150's that I rented which seemed fine which is why I was thinking 147's would be okay.
post #8 of 19
Thread Starter 
I would probably stick with my own. We already rent for my husband and kids. Although if there is some awesome snow, I may think about renting powder skis for a day.
post #9 of 19

It looks like the Volkl Supersport Gamma is 67cm underfoot.  That's considered pretty narrow these days, especially for someone skiing out west.  In contrast my Rossi Attraxion 8 is 75 underfoot, with a wide shovel at 127, and 154cm long.  Remember, I'm a little shorter and lighter than you.  So I can float my skis in 6-10 inches of powder.  Since you would like an all-mountain for Tahoe, perhaps you should keep looking.

 

This recent thread includes a list of skis that might be worth considering.  Scroll down from Post #1 to see the tags listed just under a couple ads.  That will take you directly to the EpicSki info for that ski.

http://www.epicski.com/t/114015/ladies-intermed-advanced-skiier-seeks-recommendation-for-skis

post #10 of 19
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Originally Posted by TandCsMom View Post

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
post #11 of 19
Thread Starter 
Hi Trekchick. As far as price goes, I'm looking for something used and around $200.

I ski mostly Northstar, Alpine And sometimes Squaw. I ski the backside at Northstar and usually the Summit chair at Alpine. I would like a ski that is good on the groomers, but can work in powder. Since I only get up there a couple of times a year, I don't get to pick an choose the conditions I get to ski in.
post #12 of 19
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Originally Posted by TandCsMom View Post

Hi Trekchick. As far as price goes, I'm looking for something used and around $200.
I ski mostly Northstar, Alpine And sometimes Squaw. I ski the backside at Northstar and usually the Summit chair at Alpine. I would like a ski that is good on the groomers, but can work in powder. Since I only get up there a couple of times a year, I don't get to pick an choose the conditions I get to ski in.

That gets us a long way to knowing what kind of ski to look for, now to find something in your budget. 

 

What you want is something like the Blizzard Black Pearl or Atomic Elysian, maybe a Fischer Koa 88,  which you may find used from last year.  These are midfats with a nice flex  so you can use them for a little bit of everything.  

If you can find a little older Nordica Nemesis, its a little wider, but still has some nice shape so its pretty versatile, but some of the lighter women (like your size) tend to think its a little stiff for their liking.  Others really love it.  

 

I'll keep my eyes open for you.  Meanwhile if you find something while you search, post it up here and we'll give you feedback on it. 

post #13 of 19
Thread Starter 
Great. Thank you. I was a little bummed the Volkl Supersport Gammas didn't work out. They were only $100!
post #14 of 19

How about a pair of K2 Lotta Luvs? I very easy skiing ski that is a lotta fun and a very versatile ski and good for Tahoe. $200.00 should buy them, plus they are in the Tahoe area and easy to get them to you. 

post #15 of 19
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How about a pair of K2 Lotta Luvs? I very easy skiing ski that is a lotta fun and a very versatile ski and good for Tahoe. $200.00 should buy them, plus they are in the Tahoe area and easy to get them to you. 

actually $150 buys them. I just checked. biggrin.gif

post #16 of 19
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Originally Posted by TandCsMom View Post

Great. Thank you. I was a little bummed the Volkl Supersport Gammas didn't work out. They were only $100!

The skis Phil is talking about are a nice opportunity for you to get back into skiing , nice mid fat, 82mm under foot, and a nice flex for your size.    For $150, they'd be nice to get you going. 

 

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Originally Posted by Philpug View Post

How about a pair of K2 Lotta Luvs? I very easy skiing ski that is a lotta fun and a very versatile ski and good for Tahoe. $200.00 should buy them, plus they are in the Tahoe area and easy to get them to you. 

 

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actually $150 buys them. I just checked. biggrin.gif

post #17 of 19
Thread Starter 
Those sound like they would work. Where are those available?
post #18 of 19
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Those sound like they would work. Where are those available?

A friend has them, available any time. 

post #19 of 19
Thread Starter 

Sounds good.  I'll send you a PM.

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