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post #1 of 14
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Hello I am new to this forum. I am looking for a new pair of boards that have more flexibility in the bumps and are more versatile; playful. Right now I am skiing on the Volkl Attiva's @ 1560 mm with 104 tail; 76 waist; 118 tip They are super heavy and do not perform the way I would like in the bumps and I feel like I am 1,00 leagues under the sea in powder and crud. I am 5'5" and ~ 127 lbs @ my heaviest. I like to ski moguls and trees. I lived in CO for the last 4 years but have been coming out here since I was a kid to ski. The lack of snow this season is a bummer but still would like to find a non-biased (sales persons point of view) on what kind of ski(s) I should be looking at. As it stands it looks like I am in need of an All-Mountain ski but any suggestions for either that or powder skis would be appreciated. Thanks, "L"

post #2 of 14

Welcome to EpicSki.  I am not an expert on women specific skis other than second hand information, so hopefully this "bump" will draw some more attention from those who have first hand knowledge.  I think a ski in the 85-90mm range would probably work well for you as an all mountain.  You probably want something some camber and tip rocker.  I know that a lot of women like the Blizzard Black Pearl and I know some women at Red Lodge Mountain who ski Nordica Helle's Belles and really like them.  They're 98mm but the Wild Belle is basically the same ski but 84mm.  My daily driver is the Nordica Steadfast which is 90mm and it is a great ski, light, quick and great edge grip.  The Helle's Bells and Wild Belle are very similar construction.  You might also want to consider the Rossi Temptation 88.  There are others as well and I'm sure Trekchick will be along to offer some advise.

post #3 of 14

I'm 5'5" 125 lbs. and ski the Black Pearls. They are light and very, very playful and can handle just about everything. We smaller/lighter gals seem to really like these skis because of their lightness and how easy they are to ski. They are definitely worth consideration.

post #4 of 14

Bozmountain: have you demo'd skis lately?  In particular, anything by Rossignol or Blizzard.  What made you choose a Volkl?

post #5 of 14
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Hello I am new to this forum. I am looking for a new pair of boards that have more flexibility in the bumps and are more versatile; playful. Right now I am skiing on the Volkl Attiva's @ 1560 mm with 104 tail; 76 waist; 118 tip They are super heavy and do not perform the way I would like in the bumps and I feel like I am 1,00 leagues under the sea in powder and crud. I am 5'5" and ~ 127 lbs @ my heaviest. I like to ski moguls and trees. I lived in CO for the last 4 years but have been coming out here since I was a kid to ski. The lack of snow this season is a bummer but still would like to find a non-biased (sales persons point of view) on what kind of ski(s) I should be looking at. As it stands it looks like I am in need of an All-Mountain ski but any suggestions for either that or powder skis would be appreciated. Thanks, "L"

Going back to your size, ability and the skis you currently have, which looks like you're replacing, not complimenting......

There are a few skis you'd like that will be great all mountain skis with a strong off piste bias.

Others have already mentioned the Blizzard Black Pearl.  I'd like to add the Atomic Elysian and Salomon Geisha to the mix. 

 

As MtCyclist says, the Nordica Hells Belles is a great ski as well, but it may be a bit wider than what you're looking for at the moment, and I think the Wilde Belle may be a little too front size bias for what you seem to be asking for at the moment. 

 

I'll tag a few of these choices on the right side of the page to give you some easy access to checking them out. 

post #6 of 14
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Originally Posted by Trekchick View Post

Going back to your size, ability and the skis you currently have, which looks like you're replacing, not complimenting......

There are a few skis you'd like that will be great all mountain skis with a strong off piste bias.

Others have already mentioned the Blizzard Black Pearl.  I'd like to add the Atomic Elysian and Salomon Geisha to the mix. 

 

As MtCyclist says, the Nordica Hells Belles is a great ski as well, but it may be a bit wider than what you're looking for at the moment, and I think the Wilde Belle may be a little too front size bias for what you seem to be asking for at the moment. 

 

I'll tag a few of these choices on the right side of the page to give you some easy access to checking them out. 

 

Ummmm............to clarify, the HB is exactly 2mm wider than the Pearl, 4mm narrower than the Geisha and 3mm narrower than the Elysian.

 

So......probably not too wide.

 

SJ

post #7 of 14
I think that was my fault. I must have looked at the specs for the Nemesis by mistake or more trouble with my glasses(new ones ordered). The Helle's Belles is indeed 90mm, not 98mm so it's a good option.
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Ummmm............to clarify, the HB is exactly 2mm wider than the Pearl, 4mm narrower than the Geisha and 3mm narrower than the Elysian.

 

So......probably not too wide.

 

SJ

You are right! 

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Originally Posted by mtcyclist View Post

I think that was my fault. I must have looked at the specs for the Nemesis by mistake or more trouble with my glasses(new ones ordered). The Helle's Belles is indeed 90mm, not 98mm so it's a good option.

Doh, I should have looked at my own work here on Epic. Shame on me.

 

 

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Sooooo, because its such a sweet ski, perhaps add the Hells Belles to the list of contenders. 

http://www.epicski.com/products/2013-nordica-hells-belle

post #9 of 14

Hi Bozmoutain, and welcome to EpicSki!

 

I really like the K2 Superstitious for an all-mountain ski. It is nimble in tight spaces and stable when you want to blow out some cobwebs on the groomed. I would recommend not going with a system binding if weight is an issue. The Superstitious is 84mm underfoot, a nice median width, and has a 14m sidecut at 160 cm. length, which is pretty darn snappy turning. 

 

Disclaimer: I am a K2 Ambassador. I have been skiing K2s since 1982. I am 5'2" and 115 lbs. and a certified ski instructor. 

post #10 of 14

L, all good advice here. When I was looking or new boards for my wife, who cares not one whit to research such things, I went over to skidivas.com to see what what popular. Ended up buying her a pair of Blizzard Black Pearls. Was an easy sell because I love Blizzard skis - first pair were a shiny 1966 red over wood. Alas, my sweet fractured her distal fib two weeks ago before I could get the BP's mounted. But they will be ready and waiting for next year.

Happy hunting!

David

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Originally Posted by deliberate1 View Post

L, all good advice here. When I was looking or new boards for my wife, who cares not one whit to research such things, I went over to skidivas.com to see what what popular. Ended up buying her a pair of Blizzard Black Pearls. Was an easy sell because I love Blizzard skis - first pair were a shiny 1966 red over wood. Alas, my sweet fractured her distal fib two weeks ago before I could get the BP's mounted. But they will be ready and waiting for next year.

Happy hunting!

David

Deliberate1  We've missed you.  Where ya been? 

post #12 of 14
Sounds like you have the Tierra, an I-beam of a ski, about as stiff and uncompromising of a woman's ski as there is, two attributes that do not lend them selves to being fun in the bumps and trees, areas which you like. The ski that keeps coming up is the Black Pearl and I will also put it on the top my list of suggestions.
post #13 of 14
Armada TSTw, my wife loves them, even on groomers. Early rise tip, traditional camber in the rear, wide shovel to stay on top.
Edited by homeeey - 1/27/13 at 8:03am
post #14 of 14

I just picked up a pair of Blizzard Bushwackers, the unisex version of the Black Pearl.  LOVE this ski.  I keep reading that the BP is a good ski for light weight women and I am anything but a light weight.

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