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I need help finding my first skis (which i guess will be my one ski quiver for now)

 

Facts about me:

- Female

- 5'8''

- 150lbs

- Ski mostly Squaw/Alpine and Whistler/Blackcomb, and occasional trips to Mammoth, SLC, CO, Jackson Hole, and the Alps.

- Intermediate skier looking to advance (i.e. comfortable linking turns and staying in control on groomed part of Granite Chief, for those who know Squaw)

- Likes to venture out to ungroomed, trees, small bumps (still learning to handle bigger bumps) and likes to play in the terrain park (comes from my snowboarding background, but not too much air on skis yet)

- Not a racer nor super aggressive, but likes to keep up with friends on blues or flat terrain

- Though not super aggressive, but also not timid at all on steep slopes (again having been desensitized from snowboarding on much steeper stuff)

 

I've demo'ed all season and here's what I'm thinking:

- the most important thing for me is that i don't want to outgrow my skis in one season

- length: 160cm - 168cm

- waist width: 80 - 90cm

- Atomic (affinity, cloud) and Salomon (origins, rockette): like the feel of these two brands the best. would like to demo the Elysian next although the waist width is wider than what i'm leaning towards.

- K2: tried superfree, superific, and bright side, and all feel a bit too squishy for me

- Rossignol: tried temptation 82 and 88. i really tried to like them, but just did not like them at all for some reasons.

 

What's the take on Atomic Elysian? Which other skis do you recommend testing out?

post #2 of 9

Try posting your question on theskidiva.com as well. Only girls there, and lots of womens'skis knowledge. 

 

They are all big fans of the Blizzard Black Pearl, it seems to fit the bill.

post #3 of 9

Welcome to EpicSki.  You might consider trying the Nordica Hell's Belles, 90mm waist early rise tip, lightweight.  I ski the Steadfast which has similar dimensions and specs and it's an excellent ski.  I ski off piste as much as possible but the Steadfast is very solid on the groomers.  There are some women who ski the Hell's Belles at RLM and like it a lot.  

 

Since this is your first ski purchase what are you doing about the most important piece of the puzzle, boots?  Boots are way more important than skis.  There's a very good article in the "Articles" section about that which you should read.

post #4 of 9
I didn't demo these skis unfortunately, but you could also consider the Fischer Koa 88 and indeed the Blizzard Black Pearl, and like you said the Salomon Rockette fits your story. And what about the Atomic Affinity Storm instead of the Elysian?
post #5 of 9
Thread Starter 

Thanks everyone! Looks like I have a few more skis to demo - black pearl and hell's belles.

 

@mtcyclist - I bought my boots from Starthaus earlier in the season. Couldn't bear the thought of renting uncomfortable boots all season long. And you're right, it's the most important piece of the puzzle. Very happy with my boots!
 

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I bought my boots from Starthaus 

 

Since you already started a relationship with them, talk to Tricia about skis.  And kudos to you for doing it right the first time.

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Originally Posted by veronicarella View Post

I need help finding my first skis (which i guess will be my one ski quiver for now)

 

Facts about me:

- Female

- 5'8''

- 150lbs

- Ski mostly Squaw/Alpine and Whistler/Blackcomb, and occasional trips to Mammoth, SLC, CO, Jackson Hole, and the Alps.

- Intermediate skier looking to advance (i.e. comfortable linking turns and staying in control on groomed part of Granite Chief, for those who know Squaw)

- Likes to venture out to ungroomed, trees, small bumps (still learning to handle bigger bumps) and likes to play in the terrain park (comes from my snowboarding background, but not too much air on skis yet)

- Not a racer nor super aggressive, but likes to keep up with friends on blues or flat terrain

- Though not super aggressive, but also not timid at all on steep slopes (again having been desensitized from snowboarding on much steeper stuff)

 

I've demo'ed all season and here's what I'm thinking:

- the most important thing for me is that i don't want to outgrow my skis in one season

- length: 160cm - 168cm

- waist width: 80 - 90cm

- Atomic (affinity, cloud) and Salomon (origins, rockette): like the feel of these two brands the best. would like to demo the Elysian next although the waist width is wider than what i'm leaning towards.

- K2: tried superfree, superific, and bright side, and all feel a bit too squishy for me

- Rossignol: tried temptation 82 and 88. i really tried to like them, but just did not like them at all for some reasons.

 

What's the take on Atomic Elysian? Which other skis do you recommend testing out?

Would be nice if you could explain why you didn't like the Temptations, and why you think you'll like the Elysian's

 

From what you posted, I'd expect you to enjoy something like the Salomon Rockette 90, or maybe the Fischer Koa 88 in the mix with the Elysian, but then I'm not sure how to read your demo results. 

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@Trekchick - thanks for your question. The main reason I like Atomic and Salomon is because I feel I can get them to do whatever I want whether it's tight fast turns or easy cruising; easy to command and legs feel fresh without exerting excessive energy; kind of like the feel of popping up with an easy hop. I've tried the Rockette which I liked, so I thought maybe I would try the Elysian for comparison.

And as for the Rossignol Temptations, it's basically the opposite in feel. I can still get the skis to go where I want but there's that extra effort/energy that I need to exert than I want to if I just want to enjoy cruising down the mountains. I have 2 (unfounded) theories why that is: 1) Body structure: I feel a bit duck toed (opposite of pigeon toed) in these skis, so it doesn't feel natural. 2) I think there's that micro second delay when I'm switching from edge to edge, and I need to focus more and engage my fast-twitch muscles to move swiftly from edge to edge, hence the extra energy in the legs and more fatigue over time.

Hope this help explains it better.
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Originally Posted by veronicarella View Post

@Trekchick - thanks for your question. The main reason I like Atomic and Salomon is because I feel I can get them to do whatever I want whether it's tight fast turns or easy cruising; easy to command and legs feel fresh without exerting excessive energy; kind of like the feel of popping up with an easy hop. I've tried the Rockette which I liked, so I thought maybe I would try the Elysian for comparison.

And as for the Rossignol Temptations, it's basically the opposite in feel. I can still get the skis to go where I want but there's that extra effort/energy that I need to exert than I want to if I just want to enjoy cruising down the mountains. I have 2 (unfounded) theories why that is: 1) Body structure: I feel a bit duck toed (opposite of pigeon toed) in these skis, so it doesn't feel natural. 2) I think there's that micro second delay when I'm switching from edge to edge, and I need to focus more and engage my fast-twitch muscles to move swiftly from edge to edge, hence the extra energy in the legs and more fatigue over time.

Hope this help explains it better.

Thank you for the answer. 

The Rossignol Temptations are a great ski but they lock you into a fairly tight turn and don't like to make big turns, nor do they like to run straight.  Your answer makes a lot of sense if you don't like to stay on top of tight turns all the time.  

If you can find an Elysian, you would probably like it a lot and get more all mountain use out of it than the Affinity Storm as you venture off piste.  

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