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post #1 of 7
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I am looking for used skis for my wife who is a beginner.  I got her custom fitted boots last year in snowmass so I know the important part is over.  I was at the local shop looking at the used skis and there were a lot of Alpina Stratus (2010) model but I am not familiar with them.  I tried searching the internet to no avail.

 

I was thinking of investing in her own skis next year after she had some time under her belt.  

post #2 of 7

 There are 3 reviews for mens Alpina skis on here-   www.buzzillions.com/reviews/mens-alpina-stratus-all-mountain-skis-reviews

 I've never seen them that I can recall.

post #3 of 7
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I ended up going with K2 sweet luv for my wife.  It was kind of interesting when the salesman looked at her boots which were done by Jack Rafferty at Snowmass last year and we were looking at rentals.  We went with the sweet luv as it wasn't much more than rentals and should be a good beginner ski.

 

I am not sure if I should be concern that her boot is much better than her ski but at this stage I dont think it really matters.

post #4 of 7

 The fact that you have got her properly fitting boots is the most important thing here so don't worry.

post #5 of 7

Based on my experience, doesn't matter at all when someone has good boots but is on basic skis.  I've always had my own boots as an adult.  I'm a woman who learned as a teen but skied very little when I was in school or working.  Updated boots as needed.  Rented basic skis when my daughter was learning and she got skis for free (age <6) with an adult rental fee.  Didn't bother to buy good skis until I knew we would be going skiing on a regular basis.  Also gave me time to get to a Demo Day to learn what I liked and what I didn't.  That way I could shop intelligently during late season sales.

 

A friend of mine never brings his skis for trips out west.  If conditions aren't that great, he rents standard skis.

 

At my first Demo Day I was an intermediate.  Found that I could tell the difference between skis pretty quickly.  It helped that I had enough confidence to try skis that were not really the right length (I'm pretty short).  You might consider having your wife do a personal demo day later on in the season.  Meaning rent demo skis on mountain and switch out after 2-3 runs.

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Originally Posted by mtebor View Post

I ended up going with K2 sweet luv for my wife.  It was kind of interesting when the salesman looked at her boots which were done by Jack Rafferty at Snowmass last year and we were looking at rentals.  We went with the sweet luv as it wasn't much more than rentals and should be a good beginner ski.

 

I am not sure if I should be concern that her boot is much better than her ski but at this stage I dont think it really matters.

post #6 of 7
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Originally Posted by marznc View Post

Based on my experience, doesn't matter at all when someone has good boots but is on basic skis.  I've always had my own boots as an adult.  I'm a woman who learned as a teen but skied very little when I was in school or working.  Updated boots as needed.  Rented basic skis when my daughter was learning and she got skis for free (age <6) with an adult rental fee.  Didn't bother to buy good skis until I knew we would be going skiing on a regular basis.  Also gave me time to get to a Demo Day to learn what I liked and what I didn't.  That way I could shop intelligently during late season sales.

 

A friend of mine never brings his skis for trips out west.  If conditions aren't that great, he rents standard skis.

 

At my first Demo Day I was an intermediate.  Found that I could tell the difference between skis pretty quickly.  It helped that I had enough confidence to try skis that were not really the right length (I'm pretty short).  You might consider having your wife do a personal demo day later on in the season.  Meaning rent demo skis on mountain and switch out after 2-3 runs.

great idea. we have 2 trips planned out west this year and this will would well.  I know if they get serious snow we will have to demo some fat skis. Unfortunately by us, serious snow is 2 to 3" :(   

post #7 of 7

If you are out west when a storm dumps some fresh powder, that's a great time for a semi-private lesson for the two of you. smile.gif

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great idea. we have 2 trips planned out west this year and this will would well.  I know if they get serious snow we will have to demo some fat skis. Unfortunately by us, serious snow is 2 to 3" :(   

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