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I am looking to buy new skis. I attend college at CU Boulder so there's tons of skiing around campus.

 

I weigh 110 with a height of 5'1. I have raced in the past and heli-skiied, so I am an advanced skiier. I love moguls, groomers, powder- Really anything, so I guess I am looking for an all-mountain ski. I will be skiing quite a lot in the winter/spring at places such a Vail and Breckenridge. I have been skiing basically since I was five (almost 19 here) and ski mainly blacks. 

 

I have been researching and I like the K2 Superglides or the Atomic Affinity Storm. Which skis do you think would be best for me or do you have another recommendation? PS: I am not big on front & back rockers, maybe just front.smile.gif

post #2 of 13

Go wider. These are fine "advanced" groomer biased skis but if you want more versatility, look to skis in the 90-98mm range with one of the top pics being the Blizzard Samba. 

 

Trekchick to the white courtesy phone. 

post #3 of 13
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Philpug, thank you! Those skis actually look great. Are they the kind of skis where "I need to be on top of it" all the time? If that makes sense
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Originally Posted by cholce View Post

Philpug, thank you! Those skis actually look great. Are they the kind of skis where "I need to be on top of it" all the time? If that makes sense

No. they do not require your attention all the time. The DO have a bit of early rise from the tail but nothing that you really notice on form snow but just enough to make to make the ski more playful in the bumps and 3D snow.

post #5 of 13
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I was also looking at the Blizzard Black Pearl, Nordica La Nina or the Volkl Kenjas (2012). 

Haha I'm extremely indecisive and I guess I just don't know what skis would be best. I like going fast, but I love turning and sometimes I tend to take a backseat- something I am trying to correct. 

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Originally Posted by cholce View Post

I am looking to buy new skis. I attend college at CU Boulder so there's tons of skiing around campus.

 

I weigh 110 with a height of 5'1. I have raced in the past and heli-skiied, so I am an advanced skiier. I love moguls, groomers, powder- Really anything, so I guess I am looking for an all-mountain ski. I will be skiing quite a lot in the winter/spring at places such a Vail and Breckenridge. I have been skiing basically since I was five (almost 19 here) and ski mainly blacks. 

 

I have been researching and I like the K2 Superglides or the Atomic Affinity Storm. Which skis do you think would be best for me or do you have another recommendation? PS: I am not big on front & back rockers, maybe just front.smile.gif

 

 

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Originally Posted by Philpug View Post

Go wider. These are fine "advanced" groomer biased skis but if you want more versatility, look to skis in the 90-98mm range with one of the top pics being the Blizzard Samba. 

 

Trekchick to the white courtesy phone. 

Sorry I missed the page.  

 

From the Original Post:  I picked up on the idea that you're a fairly strong skier but don't want to be on top of the ski all the time. 

What you're looking for is a ski that will reward you when you drive it but won't punish you if you lay back a bit. 

 

The Samba would be my top choice in this category, with the Nordica Hells Belles a strong close second.  

I think the Superglide, Black Pearl, and Affinity are great skis for who they're for, but (by your description) you aren't their target audience. 

 

If you're looking at the K2 line up, I'd consider the SuperBright90 if you want narrower, or the Remedy 102 if you want a strong all mountain ski with an off piste bias. 

 

Still, my pick for what you're describing is the Blizzard Samba and Nordica Hells Belles.  

I'll do some tagging on this page so you can take a look at a few of these possibilities. 

post #7 of 13

Hi

 

I see you have posted another thread asking pretty much the same question... don't get worried too much, people will see and get back to you, no need to ask the same question twice! It might take a while, but you will get an answer! :-)

 

Have you demo any skis recently? I would stick to what Phil said on a ~100 range ski.

 

Black Pearl, Samba, TSTw, Century, Legend Paradise, Fischer KOA, Rockette are all good choices and well recommended, I wouldn't get a center mount just because you tend to get into the back seat instead you should try to fix the root cause of the problem and do not work around it!

 

The La Nina you mentioned is another class of skis compared to the others, it would be a complement to say a 90mm underfoot ski or a 98mm underfoot ski, more like a "and" instead of "or" ski choice.

 

I've just gone through the same kinda decision getting a ski for my wife and I ended up getting the Blizzard Samba 159cm, she is 20 lbs heavier and 2 inches taller than you, but maybe you won't have problems with the 159 cm. A softer as far as I can tell choice and more forgiving would the the Dynastar Legend Paradise which I was considering as well. Salomon is coming with some new skis if you wanna wait and are okay paying full price, some skis in the 100 range, you can read some reviews on blister.

 

Another question is really if you wanna buy now during the summer, if so, have you checked what's available in your size, anything specific you have found that might work for you? If you're gonna wait for the fall/winter that choices would not be a problem.

post #8 of 13
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Originally Posted by cholce View Post

I was also looking at the Blizzard Black Pearl, Nordica La Nina or the Volkl Kenjas (2012). 

Haha I'm extremely indecisive and I guess I just don't know what skis would be best. I like going fast, but I love turning and sometimes I tend to take a backseat- something I am trying to correct. 

You're all over the map on these three skis. 

Blizzard Black Pearl = great off piste ski or for someone who's just finding their adventurous side

Volkl Kenja = Same class as the Black Pearl but really strong and needs to be driven to bend it and find its sweet spot

Nordica LaNina = Powder ski.  Not an ideal choice for a daily driver

 

Edit: 

In this thread  Volkl Kenja vs Salomon Rockette 90 vs Armada ARVw

 

You're comparing some that are similar and some different than here.  The Rockette 90 is closer to the K2 superbright 90 I described above.  

The armada ARVw is somewhere between the Black Pearl and the Rockette 90.


Edited by Trekchick - 7/9/13 at 4:29pm
post #9 of 13
Thread Starter 
I realize I chose some random skis. I was kind of just skimming the web and jotted down some skis with good reviews. So you guys recommend the samba? Would I be better off with that or the rockette?

Sorry for all the questions! I should be able to demo next week since I live at Mt Hood which has snow
post #10 of 13

Are you looking for a Rockette from last year?  They have discontinued it for the upcoming season.

 

They have a better separation for that series with the Lux at 88 under foot, and the Lumen at 96 under foot.

 

 

Soooo, the Rockette is a little more playful than the Samba, but the Samba will cover more of the mountain.

 

With some race background and heli-skiing, I'd suspect you'd like the Samba or the Lumen better.  As always FWIW and YMMV. 

post #11 of 13
Thread Starter 
Yes last season! Thank you so much, your input is valued
post #12 of 13
Hi, Per what mfa
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Hi, Per what mfa81 lists...... do not discount the Atomic Century or the Armada TSTw. I bought my daughter (23 yrs 5'7" 135 lb intermediate) a pair of Century's 166cm last year to compliment her carvers. She really likes them and I can see a very considerable improvement in her skiing crud, spring soft, etc. My girlfriend (55 yrs 5'4" 115 lb advanced) tried my daughter's Centurys and really liked them a lot. We brought them out west along with many other pairs and they were her go to ski for everything other than boiler plate groomed where she then skied her Atomic d2 75w carvers. The girlfriend went and bought herself a pair in 166cm length. We had a friend try them and she too went right out and bought a pair.

I have many pairs of skis to ski, but I picked up a pair of mens Armada TST skis......they are very fun and versatile......from what I read and hear, the womens TST also is.
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