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buying first "grown up" skis - female advanced skier looking for advice

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I've been skiing the same skis I learned to ski on about 12 years ago and it's time to move up. They're K2 entry level T-9s, about 150 +/-. They have been great in letting me learn how to ski all kinds of stuff but now I want something that is more stable when I go fast, grips the hard snow better and does a better job pushing through the crud. I ski Vermont blacks and (most) double-blacks confidently, like to go in bumps and off-piste, get kind of bored with groomers but have fun with the steep ones. I'm 45, 5'5" about 150, strong and fit, want to get to the next level with my skiing so I am more fluid in the bumps, confident in the trees, faster on the groomers and more aggressive overall. I'm totally confused by all the ski options out there! So far I've demo'd three Volkl models: -- Adora 147 (too much like what I have now) -- Charisma 156 (they were ok, I was able to do short quick turns, they felt pretty good on the steeps and small bumps but it was the end of the day and I was really tired so didn't try many bumps) -- Aura 163 (they felt floaty, I liked how they slid through crud, and they were fun on the steep stuff, but I was afraid to get into serious bumps with them because they didn't feel as nimble as what I'm used to I couldn't really do short tight turns well -- I liked these best but was a little afraid of them as they didn't maneuver as easily as what I'm used to). I'm really looking for something that will challenge me to ski better but won't kill me in the process! Probably more detail than you wanted but anyone have any advice? thanks!! I'm so excited to move up!!!

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"Aura 163 (they felt floaty, I liked how they slid through crud, and they were fun on the steep stuff, but I was afraid to get into serious bumps with them because they didn't feel as nimble as what I'm used to I couldn't really do short tight turns well -- I liked these best but was a little afraid of them as they didn't maneuver as easily as what I'm used to)"

 

Can you demo that Aura in something closer to 150, like you did with the others?  I bet you'll like the maneuverability better.

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Or maybe the Kenja? A bit more forgiving than the Aura.
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Yep, Kenja. Most of the high end skiers in the east are on mid 80's waisted skis now.

 

I have been on a 88mm Kendo's my buddy is now on the 98mm Mantra. Lots of friends are on fat skis too.

 

In fact, I've been watching the price on them for my GF. she's a strong level 5 skier. I want her on a wider ski for Spring time skiing.

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Not an expert by any means but I have been doing a ton of research and ski shopping lately for both me and my wife. The one thing I learned while doing so is an almost universal praise/love by women from intermediate through expert ability of the Atomic Elysian. Sounds like they use it to do just what you're asking and all seem to love it as do all the ski shops around town (and there are many in the Seattle area). It seems to get particularly high marks for moguls, crud, trees, powder (yes, powder) and flying down the groomers.

 

Perhaps the Elysian in 159cm might be something for you to demo.

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I'll go out on a limb and recommend you demo a unisex ski, the Volkl RTM 80 or the RTM 84 in a 166.  The RTM is a full rocker ski so 166 would not be too long for you.  I demoed the 84 at Snowbasin two weeks ago and was prepared to dislike it because I absolutely hated the only other full rocker skis I've tried.  The conditions were mostly hardpack and I was seriously impressed by the ski.  It held an edge really well, busted through the piles of loose snow I could find and handled bumps quite well.  The snow in the trees was sun crust and hard so I never went there but I can imagine these would be quite nice in the trees.  Just try them.

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Kastle FX94  -  exceptional ski.  Worth a look.

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Thanks everyone -- I am adding all these to my list, already have a pair of Kenja's reserved to demo this weekend, and am interested in RTM suggestion, my husband demo'd those last weekend, he didn't love them but they sounded interesting to me. I'll check them out too. And OOOOOHHH look! It just started snowing here -- yippee!!!

 

Thanks!

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