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Need some ski recommendations for my daughter

post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 
Hi all,
I'm trying to help my 21 year old daughter find a pair of skis to replace the Rossignol Bandit B2 skis she's had for a while. She's still in college so previous year models to save $$ would be great. She is 5' 7" inches tall and weighs about 128 lbs. She's been skiing since she was 5 and logs about 8-10 days a year. We live in New England but I'm taking her to Utah for a week this year. She's always been a free spirit type who likes to ski all over the mountain. I would not consider her a highly technical skier. She's more of a feel type skier with excellent balance and has strong core muscles. She's looking for an all mountain ski. Any recommendations would be appreciated. Also what length should she be in at her size / skill level?

Thanks
post #2 of 18

Nordica Wild Belle might be a good possibility.  84mm underfoot, camber and early rise tip.  The ski is part of Nordica's Hell & Back series which means light weight but excellent edge hold.  Rossi S3W and Blizzard Black Pearl are also possibilities.

post #3 of 18

Where are you thinking of going in Utah?  I've completely spoiled my tween daughter by taking her to Alta for a late season week the last few years.

 

A few others to consider that have been around for a season or two.  I added Tags (right side of Post #1) that you can use to link to EpicSki info as a place to start.

 

Rossi Temptation 88

Rossi Attraxion 8

Dynastar Exclusive Legend

 

I know advanced women who are quite happy with these for northeast skiing.

 

Trekchick reviewed the Black Pearl thoroughly.  She's about the same size as your daughter and she skis the 166.

http://www.epicski.com/t/102572/review-2012-blizzard-black-pearl

 

I've been having loads of fun with the Attraxion 8 for a few years.  Relatively narrow underfoot but a big shovel, 127-75-108.  I ski weekends in the southeast but go out west for a couple full week trips a season.  Being petite, I can have a good time with the Attraxion 8 in 6-10 inches of fresh powder if I don't feel like renting a powder ski.

 

I tried out the Black Pearl at Big Sky last winter and loved them.  Was on BP's 5cm longer than my 8s, which was just fine.  Only reason I didn't buy is that I have little interest in lugging two pairs of skis through airports on a solo trip.  Know how that goes when I travel with my daughter.

post #4 of 18
Thread Starter 
Hi marznc,

Thanks for your input. We will be skiing Alta and Snowbird. Might also do a day trip to Snow Basin.
post #5 of 18

Have fun!

post #6 of 18
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Originally Posted by mtcyclist View Post

Nordica Wild Belle might be a good possibility.  84mm underfoot, camber and early rise tip.  The ski is part of Nordica's Hell & Back series which means light weight but excellent edge hold.  Rossi S3W and Blizzard Black Pearl are also possibilities.

This is a solid recommendation.  I'd add the Fischer Koa 84 to the suggestion.

All of these skis mentioned will work with her. 

post #7 of 18

For what it's worth, after learning what I liked and didn't like the guys at the Lonestar at Big Sky said I'd probably wouldn't like the Koa.  I gave the Koa 82 a try at the Alta Demo Day.  Took it down Strawberry in some chopped up powder.  Didn't do much for me.  The brand that I never like is Volkl.  Rossi and Blizzard are my go to brands for rentals for powder.  Used K2 OneLuv for a couple years before my first demo of the Attraxion 8.

 

TC:  What was the first model year for the Wild Belle?

post #8 of 18

The Wild Belle is new this year.  It replaces the Conquer, but IMHO is much much better than the Conquer.  

post #9 of 18
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Originally Posted by Trekchick View Post

The Wild Belle is new this year.  It replaces the Conquer, but IMHO is much much better than the Conquer.  

Aah . . . I wondered.  Have never tried any Nordica skis.  So many options!

post #10 of 18

Mind telling us what it was you didn't you like about the Koa?

post #11 of 18
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Mind telling us what it was you didn't you like about the Koa?

Well, I'm not that technically minded.  All I can say is that for me the Koa didn't work for me.  I even did Strawberry with my own Attraxion 8s right afterwards to see if the problem was my technique because I was getting tired or the Koa that made the previous run less fun.  Note that the 8 is 75 underfoot with a big shovel.  I've checked out 4-5 different skis in a day once a season for the last five years so have been on skis that I didn't like before.

 

I'm 5'0", 115 pounds, over 50, advanced with little interest in bumps or tight trees or steeps that are narrow.  I've come to appreciate that trees are good for keeping powder after a trip with a ski buddy who likes trees.

post #12 of 18
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Originally Posted by sinbad7 View Post

Mind telling us what it was you didn't you like about the Koa?

I can't tell you why Marznc didn't care of the Koa, but I can describe some of its tendency. 

 

The Koa line is a very easy ski to ski, which can be interpreted as  "meh".  What I find with the Koa line up is that its ideal for someone who's looking for something that will be easy on you, while allowing you to begin exploring more of the mountain. 

 

I hope I described it without making it sound like a wimpy ski, because its not. 

post #13 of 18

TC:  Would 159 be the right length for her in the KOA 84?  I see there's a like-new pair for sale on here for $425.

post #14 of 18

There is also a used Kastle LX 78  in a 152 that is also reasonable ($300) but may be too short. It will be worse in the West but better in the East. I am also a lighter woman, 5'5", 115 lbs. I did not like the Koa, I found it generally sloppy and poor edge hold on ice (real ice not hardpack).  I could not get by the graphics on the Black Pearl (they are different this year) but it sounded appealing.  I do masters racing and preferred the  Kastle FX 94 in 166, which I ended up getting at a great price.
 

post #15 of 18
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Originally Posted by vsirin View Post

There is also a used Kastle LX 78  in a 152 that is also reasonable ($300) but may be too short. It will be worse in the West but better in the East. I am also a lighter woman, 5'5", 115 lbs. I did not like the Koa, I found it generally sloppy and poor edge hold on ice (real ice not hardpack).  I could not get by the graphics on the Black Pearl (they are different this year) but it sounded appealing.  I do masters racing and preferred the  Kastle FX 94 in 166, which I ended up getting at a great price.
 

152 for the LX78 is a decent choice for her as well.  Its more of a carving ski than the Koa and can easily be skied shorter.   The Kastle LX series is really nice but a bit more high performance than Koa, for sure. 

 

 

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Originally Posted by vickieh View Post

TC:  Would 159 be the right length for her in the KOA 84?  I see there's a like-new pair for sale on here for $425.

the 159 is fine.  The length will give her some stability at speed.  IF she has knee issues, then I'd go shorter to avoid torque, but can't see any other reason to lament about the length choice for her. 

post #16 of 18
Thread Starter 
I really appreciate everyone's input. Since she likes speed would a ski in the 157-160 length range be better for stability. She has no knee issues.
post #17 of 18
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Originally Posted by cjb View Post

I really appreciate everyone's input. Since she likes speed would a ski in the 157-160 length range be better for stability. She has no knee issues.

At 5'7" 128lbs, Yes. 

post #18 of 18
Thread Starter 

Follow-up...

 

Well my daughter decided to get the Dynastar Eden at 158cm with Look PX12 bindings. She really likes them. Tried them out after the big snowfall at Sugarloaf.

 

Interesting thing happened however when we got the bindings mounted. They were last years model (same as this years but different graphics). Well the shop made an error and ended up forgetting the lifter plate and ended up pushing the screws through the bottom of the ski. They didn't have any more of last years so ended up replacing with this years model.

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