I've been reading a lot of reviews to find some pow skis I can buy for my wife... unfortunately it took a long time and some unskiable powder days on her 78mm before she realized the need for something wide so she doesn't have to spend the day at home or rent skis when we get a dump!
She is 5'3" / 130lbs and is a solid intermediate and would only/mostly ski piste but she started venturing on some ungroomed, bowls and even some off piste! But she probably won't like anything that's super fat and not fun even on some crud/groommers from time to time!
Here is the complete form! :D
Where in the world are you skiing? Idaho mostly
What kinds of terrain do you prefer (groomed runs, moguls, race course, park'n'pipe, trees, steeps, backcountry/sidecountry) groomed runs. Looking for a powder ski
How many days a year do you ski? about 30 days
How advanced are you as a skier? Intermediate, she was able to ski most of the terrain in alta including some of the high traverse runs
What's your height and weight? 5'3" / 130
Some of the skis I'm considering (currently skiing Dynastar Idyll 152cm):
Nordica La Nina 169cm (she did demo, liked but as expected not very happy skiing on piste), maybe it's just a big jump from her 78mm.
Armada TSTw 165cm. Haven't skied these, only 100mm but has a good amount of tip rocker, so maybe it will be enough for what she is planning on doing
Rockette 115 164cm, 108mm underfoot, good amount of rocker tip/tail.
Rossignol S7w 168cm, I believe this is 105mm underfoot, but I'm not really sure.
I think she would be better off on something that's not wider than 105 by much... right now I'm kinda going towards the Salomon rockette 115, base pretty much on reviews and the dimensions.
Also it's really important that the ski can also do well on the days following and ski tracked in a good way!
She also demo the S3w but at 95mm underfoot I don't wanna get something that won't make she able to ski big dumps... we had a lot of trips planned for next winter, we will be skiing pretty much the whole MCP resorts except for Whistler... so that includes Alta/Bird, JH, Aspen, and Lake Tahoe and I'm pretty sure she won't survive on her Dynastar Idyll at those places...
Am I thinking the right thing? Or should I just get some wide all mountain around 90mm - 100mm? Like Samba, or S3w?
She is not an aggressive/strong skier so she won't be able to handle anything that is too demanding or requires more aggressive skiing.
I'd prefer to find something during the summer so I don't have to pay full price, but if there is anything good coming up next year I would probably wait and buy something more expensive!
Other skis I would consider DPS Yvette 112, it has similar dimensions to the La Nina. Is it better on grommers, crud than the La Nina? How about some of the new Rossi Star/Savory?
I'm really totally open for suggestions... anything other than a super fat powder only skis!
Last year I was really happy to buy something based on suggestions here, so I hope that it will work again, since she had a very limited time demoing skis!
Just throw me whatever you got! :-)