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Moving to twin tips

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 

5'9", 120 lb.

Female

Mid forties, aggressive skier

 

I've been skiing on my Volkll AC30, 163's but my son stole them for a season. I'm looking for something entirely different, as they'll come back to me next year.

 

I'm looking at the Salomon Lady twin tip, 169s. 128/85/113.  Does this seem like an appropriate length for me, given my low height to weight ratio?

 

Any advice, much appreciated.

post #2 of 16

Welcome to EpicSki.  Where do you ski and what do you want these skis to do for you?  Do you want good hard snow performance as well as good soft snow performance?  Do you plan to use them in the park?

post #3 of 16
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Originally Posted by mtcyclist View Post

Welcome to EpicSki.  Where do you ski and what do you want these skis to do for you?  Do you want good hard snow performance as well as good soft snow performance?  Do you plan to use them in the park?

 

I ski in Western BC. Whistler, and also Cypress Mountain. I am looking for a ski that will do everything. I have two aggressive boys (11 and 13), and I ski hard with them. Trees, bumps, powder, groomers at speed. I find that my Volkl Unlimited skis are tougher to pivot in trees etc. Thinking it might be better to hop onto a fun and versatile pair.

 

My park days are behind me. No more need for injuries.

 

Thoughts?

post #4 of 16

Maybe this one instead:

 

http://www.salomon.com/us/product/geisha-100.html

 

It'll open up a lot of terrain for you at Cypress.

post #5 of 16
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Maybe this one instead:

 

http://www.salomon.com/us/product/geisha-100.html

 

It'll open up a lot of terrain for you at Cypress.

 

I was looking at that ski as well. With the wider waist, do you think it will handle the groomers (not that we spend any time there, except by necessity).

post #6 of 16

Yes. It'll be good enough and better than you might think. smile.gif If you go bigger, the Rockette 115 is one of the favorites of stronger skiing women on this side of the border. It's 108 underfoot in shorter lengths. Worth a look as well.

post #7 of 16

Nordica Hell's Belles(90mm) or Nemesis(98mm).  The Hell's Belles is basically a woman's version of the Steadfast which is my daily driver and the Nemesis is a woman's version of the Hell and Back.  The Steadfast is light because is has minimal metal in it, camber, early rise tip and a turned up tail but not a true twin tip.  I ski mostly off-piste(trees and bumps mostly) and find the Steadfast quick, responsive and just plain fun to ski.  When I have to get on a groomer to get back to a lift, it has great edge grip and is fun laying down high speed GS type turns.  I think either the Hell's Belles or the Nemesis will do what you want.  Try either or both if you can.

post #8 of 16

 Nordica makes great gear for sure, but I'm going on what a number of women say rather my personal favorite brand. I'm not sure what works for you mt is what is best recommended in all cases.  smile.gif

 

Remember, she asked for a twin or at least some sort of raised tail... something different than her usual ride.

post #9 of 16

NF,

The Lady at 169 would be very nice.

Keep in mind twintips often make for a nasty roost that will make you a hero to the youngins or a bane to the older set.

 

Twins will feel shorter, especially with a rocker.

post #10 of 16
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Originally Posted by markojp View Post

 Nordica makes great gear for sure, but I'm going on what a number of women say rather my personal favorite brand. I'm not sure what works for you mt is what is best recommended in all cases.  smile.gif

 

Remember, she asked for a twin or at least some sort of raised tail... something different than her usual ride.

 

I admit I love my Steadfasts, but I know three pretty aggressive women skiers at RLM who ski the Nemesis and love it, so there is something more behind my post than just my personal opinion.  And they do have a raised tail, definitely not flat.

post #11 of 16

If no park why twin tips?  I have some and am going back to tips on the front end only.... I ski like you, aggressive, mostly trees and off piste.  Twins can be a pain in the ass for fitting into gondola ski slots.  I do mess around a bit skiing switch when on groomers but that is not a good enough reason IMO to have the twins.

post #12 of 16
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Originally Posted by mtcyclist View Post

 

I admit I love my Steadfasts, but I know three pretty aggressive women skiers at RLM who ski the Nemesis and love it, so there is something more behind my post than just my personal opinion.  And they do have a raised tail, definitely not flat.

 

Now that should have been in your first post! Always good for women to hear what other women dig rather than the same old mangear talk. smile.gif

post #13 of 16
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Originally Posted by crank View Post

If no park why twin tips?  I have some and am going back to tips on the front end only.... I ski like you, aggressive, mostly trees and off piste.  Twins can be a pain in the ass for fitting into gondola ski slots.  I do mess around a bit skiing switch when on groomers but that is not a good enough reason IMO to have the twins.


So the one negative you mentioned actually has nothing to do with the physical act of sliding down snow.

post #14 of 16
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Originally Posted by Buttinski View Post

NF,

The Lady at 169 would be very nice.

Keep in mind twintips often make for a nasty roost that will make you a hero to the youngins or a bane to the older set.

 

Twins will feel shorter, especially with a rocker.

 

You have a good point there. I had a pair of K2 Revivals for half a season, but found them too stiff. As twin tips, they did kick up quite a bit of snow.

post #15 of 16
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If no park why twin tips?  I have some and am going back to tips on the front end only.... I ski like you, aggressive, mostly trees and off piste.  Twins can be a pain in the ass for fitting into gondola ski slots.  I do mess around a bit skiing switch when on groomers but that is not a good enough reason IMO to have the twins.

 

I muck around a little, but agree that it's perhaps not a good enough reason for the twins. Other than my brief relationship with the K2 Revivals, I've always been on classic carvers. Since my son will outgrow my Volkl skis next year, I figured I'd go for something lively, that will do me well in the deeps and trees.

post #16 of 16
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Originally Posted by narrowfoot View Post

 

I muck around a little, but agree that it's perhaps not a good enough reason for the twins. Other than my brief relationship with the K2 Revivals, I've always been on classic carvers. Since my son will outgrow my Volkl skis next year, I figured I'd go for something lively, that will do me well in the deeps and trees.

 

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Originally Posted by mtcyclist View Post

Nordica Hell's Belles(90mm) or Nemesis(98mm).  The Hell's Belles is basically a woman's version of the Steadfast which is my daily driver and the Nemesis is a woman's version of the Hell and Back.  The Steadfast is light because is has minimal metal in it, camber, early rise tip and a turned up tail but not a true twin tip.  I ski mostly off-piste(trees and bumps mostly) and find the Steadfast quick, responsive and just plain fun to ski.  When I have to get on a groomer to get back to a lift, it has great edge grip and is fun laying down high speed GS type turns.  I think either the Hell's Belles or the Nemesis will do what you want.  Try either or both if you can.

 

Sorry to keep posting responses individually. New here, and clearly not figuring out the multi-quote system. 

 

And now you, mtcyclist, give me yet more to think about! I thought I was going fat for an all around ski, but as I sift through reviews I'm redefining my parameters. Much to think about here. Thanks all!

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