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Need some advice replacing my stolen East coast carvers!

post #1 of 16
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Hey skiers! Sadly, my nice Volkl Fuegos were swiped last weekend and now I need to replace them fast before I miss another good day on the slopes.  I'm a very strong, expert east coast skier. I like to ski super fast on hard packed runs. I grew up on ice, hard pack and crud, but I take the ocassional trip out west.  My Fuegos were great. I liked the fact that were light, quick and lively. They replaced my former Volkl Supersport Superspeeds which were absolute demons on the slope! But at high speed, I have to say that the Fuegos tend to chatter and I had to fight to keep them stable. (At those times, I missed my old Superspeeds.)  I've tended to be a one-quiver skier, but I may be willing to break the habit and go for two pairs.  But assuming for a moment that I'm buying a single pair, any recommendations out there for a great all-round woman's carver that is ideal for a hard-driving, expert skier who loves to move fast, who likes to do bump runs and who skis off-piste now and then? I'm 5'5" and 123 lbs. My Fuegos were 158s by the way. If anyone has input as to whether the length is correct, I'd be grateful.  I'm considering the 2012 Volkl Aurora and the 2013 Volkl Alluras, and have seen positive reviews on this site regarding the Blizzard Black Pearl. Thanks in advance!

post #2 of 16

check out the Blizzard Viva 8.0, my daughter has them and she is ripping up the slopes, I like what I see her doing on them. She also likes fast, hopefully she doesn't take that attitude into driving (just got her license) as it will cost her in fines. She's 5'3" 120lb and is on I think it is a 158cm. Good all around ski, handles the hardpack well and works good in the bumps. I'm on the Blizzard Magnum Ti 8.0, the mens version with metal in it and also really like what I'm betting out of them.Fantastic bump ski for what I feel is a carver oriented ski.
 

post #3 of 16

That really sucks.  Where exactly did this happen?

post #4 of 16
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Thanks! I've been hearing such great things lately about Blizzards - Vivas and Black Pearls - I think I'm going to demo them this weekend.  I appreciate the advice!

post #5 of 16
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Yeah, it really does suck. It's too bad when people have to do that sort of thing. Especially when you get attached to your equipment! Damn! It happened in New York - I hate to mention the slope because I like the mountain and wouldn't want to disparage the place.  Next time I'll carry a ski lock.  Learned my lesson, I guess.

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Originally Posted by powgirl77 View Post

Hey skiers! Sadly, my nice Volkl Fuegos were swiped last weekend and now I need to replace them fast before I miss another good day on the slopes.  I'm a very strong, expert east coast skier. I like to ski super fast on hard packed runs. I grew up on ice, hard pack and crud, but I take the ocassional trip out west.  My Fuegos were great. I liked the fact that were light, quick and lively. They replaced my former Volkl Supersport Superspeeds which were absolute demons on the slope! But at high speed, I have to say that the Fuegos tend to chatter and I had to fight to keep them stable. (At those times, I missed my old Superspeeds.)  I've tended to be a one-quiver skier, but I may be willing to break the habit and go for two pairs.  But assuming for a moment that I'm buying a single pair, any recommendations out there for a great all-round woman's carver that is ideal for a hard-driving, expert skier who loves to move fast, who likes to do bump runs and who skis off-piste now and then? I'm 5'5" and 123 lbs. My Fuegos were 158s by the way. If anyone has input as to whether the length is correct, I'd be grateful.  I'm considering the 2012 Volkl Aurora and the 2013 Volkl Alluras, and have seen positive reviews on this site regarding the Blizzard Black Pearl. Thanks in advance!

Having your skis stolen really sucks.  Hope we can help you sort things out a bit. 

 

For starters the Fuegos were probably a bit short for you, which could be one of the reasons that the tip was chattery.   Can you tell us which generation of Fuego they were?  

 

On to good suggestions. 

The Aurora and Allura are really solid replacements for the Fuego but they have a soft-ish tip since they're the newer construction which was designed for really nice turn initiation but not necessarily high speeds, which is where you get your chatter. 

The Black Pearl is also a good ski and will be more versatile for your skiing on the east coast and take you out west, but again, depending on just how fast your'e going when you get your chatter, you may prefer something a bit more east coast aggressive, then rent or demo when you go west. 

 

Is there a chance you can do some demoing when you go back to the mountain to ski?  I can throw some great demo suggestions your way. 

post #7 of 16

I'd recommend one of the more narrow Kastles for you - LX, RX or MX in high 70s/low 80s. I am a lighter woman also and I ski mostly GS race skis for training but I picked up the Kastle FX 94 for spring skiiing/new snow and have been very impressed. The MX might be too beefy but the other should be ideal for what your looking for. Give them a try (and buy a lock)

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I'd recommend one of the more narrow Kastles for you - LX, RX or MX in high 70s/low 80s. I am a lighter woman also and I ski mostly GS race skis for training but I picked up the Kastle FX 94 for spring skiiing/new snow and have been very impressed. The MX might be too beefy but the other should be ideal for what your looking for. Give them a try (and buy a lock)

LX82 for a softer side, or MX83 for the beefier side.  Both area great skis in this category. 

post #9 of 16

The two skis you mention for replacement are totally different in design and purpose.  If you can't demo them both, it would be helpful for you to learn what the shape of the ski has to do with the performance. The Allura, with over 50mm splay to the tip is a specialized carver.

The Aura and the Kenja are super popular skis in Tahoe.

post #10 of 16

Atomic Affinity Storm might be something to consider as well.

post #11 of 16
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Hi -

Wow! Thanks for all of the amazing help! Really appreciate it.  I'm taking the long weekend to ski in VT (we got a little bit of snow this week), so I'm going to demo like crazy.  I've been making a list of all the ski models everyone has mentioned and I'm going to try them out. 

 

Trekchick - you asked about the generation of my Fuegos. They were the 2011's - the orange/yellow/red ones.  Curious to know if the next generation red ones are any different.  I'm also surprised to hear that the Auroras and Alluras are a bit soft in the tip.  They are billed as more aggressive, expert level skis. I thought I was on the right track there, so I'm glad you told me now before I made the wrong purchase. 

 

And yes - note to self: buy a good ski lock.

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Originally Posted by powgirl77 View Post

Hi -

Wow! Thanks for all of the amazing help! Really appreciate it.  I'm taking the long weekend to ski in VT (we got a little bit of snow this week), so I'm going to demo like crazy.  I've been making a list of all the ski models everyone has mentioned and I'm going to try them out. 

 

Trekchick - you asked about the generation of my Fuegos. They were the 2011's - the orange/yellow/red ones.  Curious to know if the next generation red ones are any different.  I'm also surprised to hear that the Auroras and Alluras are a bit soft in the tip.  They are billed as more aggressive, expert level skis. I thought I was on the right track there, so I'm glad you told me now before I made the wrong purchase. 

 

And yes - note to self: buy a good ski lock.

The 2011's were one of the first years that they started going with a softer(or soft ish) tip with that series. If you're thinking of staying with Volkl The Kenja is a better front side/east coast ski for hard pack and hard charging.   If you're going to ski mostly east coast and occasionally west, I'd get something like that then demo or rent when  you go west.  

 

The Blizzard Black Pearl is one of the most popular skis going for women and is more versatile than most skis on the market, including front side and off piste skiing.  If you can demo that back to back with the Kenja, you should. 

 

If you can find the Kastle MX83 to demo, you should try that one too. 

post #13 of 16
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Excellent suggestions.  The Kenja and Black Pearl keep coming up in lots of different posts - so I'm excited to try them.

Thank you so much for the help - everyone!!

post #14 of 16
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Originally Posted by powgirl77 View Post

Excellent suggestions.  The Kenja and Black Pearl keep coming up in lots of different posts - so I'm excited to try them.

Thank you so much for the help - everyone!!

They are often put in the same category for a good reason but they behave very differently. 

Both are good on groomers but .....

Kenja - powerful and charging

Black Pearl - nimble and playful

post #15 of 16

I demoed the Blizzard Black Pearls and the Viva 8.0 recently.  I really liked both, and am buying the Black Pearls, but for a front side carver I might go with the Vivas.  Tons of rebound and slightly stiffer, very quick edge to edge.  The Black Pearls are a great all round ski but probably shine more in the softer snow, bumps/trees, a terrific West Coast ski.  They weren't bad on hard pack but I got a very tiny bit of tip chatter at high speeds, which I did not get with the Vivas.  On the other hand, the Black Pearls are probably better in the bumps, the crud, and overall are an incredibly stable and forgiving ski. If you are a real speed demon you might also want to try one of the Blizzard men's skis, or mosey over to the skidivas forum to see what other skis women like for Eastern conditions.

post #16 of 16

My daughter is skiing on the Fischer Koa 88 this year.  She loves them.  She carves them beautifully, skis them in trees and bumps and had a ball in a ten inch snow storm with them.  I would call her a very skilled and graceful skier that tends to ski quite fast when on groomers.  She can really lay those skis over on edge.  Watching her leads me to believe that the Koa is a pretty good one quiver ski. I think it is probably a fairly soft ski, but the edge hold is excellent.  The softness is probably what makes it so versatile for her.  She weighs 108lbs.  

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