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post #1 of 9
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FIrst, I read this thread which points me in the right direction: http://www.epicski.com/t/112845/trying-to-pull-the-trigger-for-my-wife-s-first-ski My wife is a beginner, 5-6, 130#. At the end of last season was beginning turns with wedge but finishing with parallel. She was somewhat comfortably going down a easy groomed blue. She has no desire to go fast even when her skills improve and I doubt will ever ski off-piste. She may have to deal with crud just due to local conditions at times but even that is avoidable if she eliminates ungroomed runs. We'll ski Badger Pass (Yosemite) for most of the year with hopefully at least one trip to Tahoe, likely Diamond Peak or Mt. Rose. We will move East for at least one year and ski VT but since she is such a beginner, I'm really looking for a ski to make this year enjoyable since we'll have the chance to get 20-30 +days in if it's a good snow year. I found a deal on Rossignol Temptation 74's with integrated binding for $250 available in 146 or 156. At that price, I'm fine with using them just one year if she outgrows them. I've read great reviews on the 88's but they are both more expensive and I think for a more advanced skier. What do you think of this option or do you have a recomendation for skis/bindins in the less than $300 range? Didn't see anything in the Nordica Blemish sale although I did buy me a pair of Steadfasts. After I get back from deployment we plan to drive up to Start Haus to get boots for both of us. I would also like an idea of what to budget for her for boots based on the above data. (My apologies for no line breaks. Gov computer doesn't want to recognize returns or html codes)
post #2 of 9

I would get boots first.

 

If her feet start killing her well ....

 

Check with Phil at Starthaus

post #3 of 9
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I would get boots first.

 

If her feet start killing her well ....

 

Check with Phil at Starthaus

 

BOOTS, BOOTS, BOOTS! Nothing like a correct fitting pair of boots! The hard part is finding a good boot fitter!
post #4 of 9
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FIrst, I read this thread which points me in the right direction: http://www.epicski.com/t/112845/trying-to-pull-the-trigger-for-my-wife-s-first-ski
My wife is a beginner, 5-6, 130#. At the end of last season was beginning turns with wedge but finishing with parallel. She was somewhat comfortably going down a easy groomed blue. She has no desire to go fast even when her skills improve and I doubt will ever ski off-piste. She may have to deal with crud just due to local conditions at times but even that is avoidable if she eliminates ungroomed runs.
We'll ski Badger Pass (Yosemite) for most of the year with hopefully at least one trip to Tahoe, likely Diamond Peak or Mt. Rose. We will move East for at least one year and ski VT but since she is such a beginner, I'm really looking for a ski to make this year enjoyable since we'll have the chance to get 20-30 +days in if it's a good snow year.
I found a deal on Rossignol Temptation 74's with integrated binding for $250 available in 146 or 156. At that price, I'm fine with using them just one year if she outgrows them. I've read great reviews on the 88's but they are both more expensive and I think for a more advanced skier. What do you think of this option or do you have a recomendation for skis/bindins in the less than $300 range?
Didn't see anything in the Nordica Blemish sale although I did buy me a pair of Steadfasts. After I get back from deployment we plan to drive up to Start Haus to get boots for both of us. I would also like an idea of what to budget for her for boots based on the above data. (My apologies for no line breaks. Gov computer doesn't want to recognize returns or html codes)

For starters, you're on the right track with the bootfitting and ski ideas. 

The Temptation 74 will most definitely be better for her than the 88.  

Other skis in this category are 

Nordica Drive

http://www.epicski.com/products/2014-nordica-drive-woman-ski

Blizzard Viva 7.3

http://www.epicski.com/products/2014-blizzard-viva-7-3-iq-woman-ski

 

There are tons of really good ski options for her from Atomic, K2, Rossi, Dynastar, Head.............

post #5 of 9
Thread Starter 
Trekchick, thanks! I'll check out the other skis you recommended. Is one better than the other or just personal preference? Badger Pass is a great little ski area especially to learn but they don't have premium skis to rent or demo days to my knowledge. If I don't buy before the season, maybe we can catch a demo day at China Peak. And boots are a done deal but I can buy skis over the internet in the summer while I can't get boots until I get to Tahoe in person. I'm 5 hours from Tahoe which is close enough to Start Haus to do it right but not close enough to do without at least a long weekend.
post #6 of 9

There is some personal preference in "feel" from a ski for individuals, but at her stage of skiing she will likely be happy on any of those skis that are targeted at an intermediate skier. 

 

Whichever one you can get the best deal is is fine. 

post #7 of 9
Thread Starter 
Based on 5-6/130lbs, beginner to low intermediate what length to you recomend? For Rosignol Tempation 74, I have the option of 146 or 156. I believe she was using 150 for rentals.
post #8 of 9
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Trekchick, I noticed your recomendation for Belle to Belle in another thread. I thought I had checked the Nordica Blem Sale and not found an appropriate all mountain women's ski in the right size but I guess I overlooked the Belle to Belle. Starthaus has it in 154 which I figure is the right size. Is this an easiest enough ski for a beginner but still allow more growth than the Temptation 74? Only $50 more than the temptation.
post #9 of 9

The Belle to Belle is an intermediate ski and should be fine for her. 

 

The Belle to Belle is slightly wider under foot which may also give her some stability 

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