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So I'd say i'm a intermediate skier, mostly casual midwest skiing, but I've always rented because i wasn't about to get a pair of skis when i was still growing a lot

but now that I'm in college and I have some ski trips coming up to canada, and more michigan skiing, maybe out to california

I want to purchase some skis

I'm 5 7'' and weigh around 130 

I was looking at evo.com, read about sizing but I'm at a loss on whats a good deal,the outlet has a lot and I'm not looking to drop over 500 but I want a decent pair that will last me a while, 

 

 

any suggestions on brands or styles?

post #2 of 6
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Also I'm a girl, so i was wondering if getting women specific ski's really make a difference.. 

Thanks!

post #3 of 6

What kind of skiing do you prefer? Trees, Groomers, Park....

 

Do you have ski boots yet?  You don't have to spend a lot on boots, but you need to make sure that they fit well and are suited for your skiing. 

 

Then, lets talk skis......

If you want something that's an off piste bias, I's say look at the Blizzard Black Pearl, Atomic Elysian, Salomon Lady and the like. 

If you're looking for a good groomer ski, the Blizzard Viva 8.1(last year) , Atomic Affinity Storm, Rossignol Temptation 82, Nordica Wild Belle, and the like should be in your sights.  

Have you seen any deals that strike you as something you'd like? 

post #4 of 6

Hi Ava - is your limit $500 for just skis, or skis with bindings?

 

Trekchick has some great suggestions there, and boots are the place to start for sure.  As far as women-specific skis making a big difference, at your height/weight, probably yes.  But don't overlook a good deal, and shoot for the correct length skis no matter what the 'gender' skis.  You'd probably want to be in the 160-175 cm length, with 166 being a common size.

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Thread Starter 

I usually just ski on groomed runs, no parks or anything too crazy and I was going to look into going to a store after i get my skis for some boots

I was planning on under 500 for ski's with bindings, 

two pairs I was looking at was

k2s 

http://www.evo.com/outlet/skis/k2-true-luv-erp-100-q-bindings-womens.aspx

and atomics

http://www.evo.com/outlet/skis/atomic-smoke-xto-310-bindings.aspx

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Originally Posted by Ava Karaitis View Post

I usually just ski on groomed runs, no parks or anything too crazy and I was going to look into going to a store after i get my skis for some boots

I was planning on under 500 for ski's with bindings, 

two pairs I was looking at was

k2s 

http://www.evo.com/outlet/skis/k2-true-luv-erp-100-q-bindings-womens.aspx

and atomics

http://www.evo.com/outlet/skis/atomic-smoke-xto-310-bindings.aspx

In your first post you said that you've been renting and are buying skis now, and that you're an intermediate skier. 

 

The K2 True Luvs are a good deal but they are a beginner ski and you'll likely out grow it quickly, which won't serve you well in the long run. 

 

Back to Boots: 

Get boots first.  You won't be able to mount your bindings on skis until you have boots anyway and you should make sure that you get boots that fit you properly.  

I don't want this to be too intimidating to you, but it would be nice if you get off on the right foot (for both  feet biggrin.gif) with your first set of gear. 

 

If you're at an intermediate level, or better you should be looking for something like the Lotta luv, Blizzard Viva 8.1, Rossignol Attraxion Echo 8, Atomic Affinity Storm, Nordica Belle to Belle, Dynastar Exclusive Legend........

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