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post #1 of 14
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I am in the need of some help. My girlfriend would like to get set up so she can ski with me this winter. So with the black Friday and cyber Monday sales she wants to buy skis and boots. I ask her what level she is and a get a response "Well I'm not a beginner" OK I follow up with when was the last time you went skiing? 6 years ago was the answer. She has her eyes set on the atomic supreme. For these skis and bindings it's going to run about 550.  The other problem I foresee is she is a hard core snowmobiler so I'm not sure how much skiing she will actually do. She is 5'4" and 120 (that is a guess on my part).

 

What do you guys recommend for a ski and binding that, one isn't going to break the bank for a start up set and second she doesn't feel like she is getting suck with a beginner ski?

 

Thanks

Jarod

post #2 of 14
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Correction she skied 3 years ago and use to ski all the time in high school. Only at our local hill Nordic which I try to avoid at all costs. All man made snow and ice. 

post #3 of 14

 Hi Jarod, if Trekchick sees this she will probably have some good suggestions. Perhaps your girl might like to take a look at theskidiva.com and chat to other enthusiastic women who would gladly help her spend your money on a decent set of planks!?

post #4 of 14
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Thanks, I have a list of three skis I can pick up with bindings for around the 300 mark

 

Rossignol Attraxion 6 Echo 154cm 2012

Dynastar Exclusive Trendy 153cm  2012

Blizzard Viva Cross IQ 120 155cm 2011

 

She also is looking at the Volkl Tierra 2012

 

Her budget is $1000 mine is $500. 

 

Most of our skiing will be done in the U.P.

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Thanks, I have a list of three skis I can pick up with bindings for around the 300 mark

 

Rossignol Attraxion 6 Echo 154cm 2012

Dynastar Exclusive Trendy 153cm  2012

Blizzard Viva Cross IQ 120 155cm 2011

 

She also is looking at the Volkl Tierra 2012

 

Her budget is $1000 mine is $500. 

 

Most of our skiing will be done in the U.P.

I work at a demo ski shop and as such I was impressed with the Blizzard Viva when I skied it even though I am too heavy of a guy for the ski. A lot of women really liked that ski as well because when we put the fleet of demo skis up for sale in spring 2011, the Blizzard Viva sold out in two days, something no other ski model in the fleet even came close to matching.

post #6 of 14

jarod: since your GF is on a light side relative to her height, any Volkl may be too stiff.  Any of the others could work.

 

By the way, I'm a woman who is four inches shorter and of comparable weight.  I love my Rossi Attraxion 8 at 154cm.  That means she is looking at skis that are on the short side by 5-10cm.  Of course, shorter skis are easier to turn but potentially less stable at speed.

 

When I started buying skis in 2004, I found it easier to get a ski with an integrated binding.  One less thing to think about when shopping.  I also bought shorter skis since I was skiing on little hills in the southeast.  I would rent when going out west.  I have always had my own boots once I started working (I'm retired now).  Bought at a ski store from an experienced boot fitter.  Always a previous model year so not high dollar.  But I'd rather pay an extra $100 for boots that fit well than buy a bargain that is "close."

 

I trust you know that a boot that is comfortable in the shop is probably too big by a size or two.

 

 

http://www.epicski.com/a/ski-boots-the-most-important-piece-of-gear-you-will-own

post #7 of 14
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Thanks Marznc

 

I was off on the her weight she is at 150. So far I have been able to talk her out of buying boots until we make it down to the boot fitter.

Right now she is leaning towards the Attraxion 6 they are only available in 154. I can get the Trendy's in a 163 if that would be a better length

 

Jarod

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Thanks Marznc

 

I was off on the her weight she is at 150. So far I have been able to talk her out of buying boots until we make it down to the boot fitter.

Right now she is leaning towards the Attraxion 6 they are only available in 154. I can get the Trendy's in a 163 if that would be a better length

 

Jarod

Good for you about boots!

 

From what I can tell the Trendy is for advanced/expert meaning black runs on big mountains in the northeast, which doesn't seem like the case here.  If she is the type to just wing it instead of taking a few lessons, probably better to stick with a shorter ski to begin with.  Can always sell next spring and get something else.  Have you heard the expression "marry boots, date skis"?

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Have you heard the expression "marry boots, date skis"?

 

Marry bootfitter ... date ski rep!

post #10 of 14
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attraxion 6's are on the way

post #11 of 14
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attraxion 6's are on the way

Good job!

post #12 of 14
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Good job!

 

+1

 

When will your GF get to try these out?  Let us know how your first outing goes!

post #13 of 14
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First outing went good. Snow is thin here a lot of ice and man made snow. She seems to enjoy them.

 

Jarod

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First outing went good. Snow is thin here a lot of ice and man made snow. She seems to enjoy them.

 

Jarod

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