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Skis for beginner/intermediate groomer?

post #1 of 5
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This is my first time posting here so hopefully I'm doing this right.
I've been doing a lot of research about skis and what would be good for me. I'm 5'7", 135 lbs, 16 years old, and a beginner-intermediate skier. I mainly ski at Whistler, and other local mountains such as Cypress and Seymour (typically groomed runs and I mainly do greens and blues). I'm looking for something all mountain I guess.
I'm going to a place closeby that carries the following skis in my price range:
K2 Superinspire
K2 Supersmooth
Volkl Essenza Pluma
Volkl Essenza Viento
Rossignol Temptation 74
Salomon Origins Lagoon
Atomic Cloud 6
Rossignol Temptation 76
Atomic Affinity Air

All of those are under $400. I'm not going to spend a fortune on my first pair of skis because I don't know if it will be worth it yet but I want skis that I won't have to replace anytime soon. Which do you think would be a good choice for me? (The place I'm going to doesn't really allow demoing. It's maybe possible but chances are slim to none)
Thanks (:
post #2 of 5

Hi


I know nothing about women skis, so I wont even try

But you said you cant demo whre you are going. You know sometimes the renting shops will allow you to rent a"premium ski", which is code for "not the same random renting gear we offer to everybody". When you rent one of those, usually you can switch skis as much as you want in a day.

Even if they dont have a buckload of options, at least you will be able to try, say, three different types of skis, and you would have better insight to choose what ski waist you want, length etc. This way you will have better insight on choosing your skis. You will probably do a better choice by demoing first, the only downside is that you will be buying in the season, without any off season advantage/discount (but well, we are int he season already, so...)


I'm sure there will be 3 or 4 posts saying you should get boots first, maybe you can give a read at:
http://www.epicski.com/a/ski-boots-the-most-important-piece-of-gear-you-will-own

HTH

post #3 of 5

Hi and welcome.

IceCookie makes a good point about boots being more important than skis. His idea of of swapping out rentals is a good one too.

I've not skied any of the ones you mention and I'm a lot taller and heavier than you too so my experiences will probably be irrelevant to you.

The only womens skis I tried at your level were Head the cool one and the K2 Truluv. Both were fine at the time. 

Did you notice what skis you were renting previously?

What did you like/dislike about them?

post #4 of 5
Thread Starter 
thanks everyone for feedback, i went with rossignol boots and the rossignol temptation 76. excellent entry level ski for beginner/intermediate advancing skier :-)
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thanks everyone for feedback, i went with rossignol boots and the rossignol temptation 76. excellent entry level ski for beginner/intermediate advancing skier :-)

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