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Please help with buying new skis [intermediate Australian woman]

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Female older upper intermediate skier who likes to ski groomed hard packed runs with relatively aggressive short to medium radius turns. Ok in ice but crap in crud or powder. Reverts to learning back or linking turns when loses confidence, can catch inside edge - rarely but that's how I usually fall. Only owned one set of 180 straight Blizzards. Then have just used Élan or Head hire carve skis which I liked. Tried the Atomic Attraction 3 - hated them, too chattery (if that is a word) and then Atomic Cloud 9s in lovely hard packed dry conditions. Loved them, great turns, lovely fast ski. However, not sure how they are going to be in Australia's usual conditions - hard morning, nice middle, soft crud by afternoon? Noticed I caught a back edge on them - weird for me. Was just reading about Blizzard Black Pearls and what about Soloman Lava?

Any thoughts/help much appreciated. Cheers Heidi.
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Hi - Welcome to Epic! Trekchick could be helpful; I'm sure she'll spot this. Meanwhile, I'd say that if you like Blizzard, stay with them. I've heard a lot of good things about the Black Pearl, cannot say about the Lava, might also think about something like a Head Rev 85, which seems to be good at a lot of things, probably a bit more stable in crud than the Black Pearl. The Dynastar Outland 87 is another nice ski to do it all in europe, not sure there is a female equivalent, but IMO that's not a deal breaker. The Black Pearl, for instance, is the Bushwacker with different graphics...

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My better half skis the Black Pearls and loves them. They'll probably help a lot with soft snow skills.
 

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Heidi: Welcome to EpicSki!  Are you thinking of buying in Australia or elsewhere?

post #5 of 14
Thread Starter 
I have been looking at some USA sites, that is where I saw the Blizzard skis.
post #6 of 14

Heidi, 

 

Height / weight please

 

See This thread for background only

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/120910/need-advice-from-an-expert-period

 

And yeah a lot of people like the Blizzard black pearl/bushwacker

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Heidi,

 

Another thread for your reading pleasure

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/120969/buying-skis-to-grow-into-australian-woman

post #8 of 14
Thread Starter 
Thank you for the links, whew gets tricky. 5'5" 160 lb. I have been looking at 155-156cm skis.
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Thank you for the links, whew gets tricky. 5'5" 160 lb. I have been looking at 155-156cm skis.

Even for an intermediate, 155 seems too short for your height for something like the Black Pearls.  For reference, I'm 5'0", 115 lbs, advanced but not aggressive, and ski the BP at 159cm and my all-mountain Rossi skis are 154cm.  

 

Good luck with your shopping!

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Even for an intermediate, 155 seems too short for your height for something like the Black Pearls.  For reference, I'm 5'0", 115 lbs, advanced but not aggressive, and ski the BP at 159cm and my all-mountain Rossi skis are 154cm.  

 

Yeah 166 will probably work for Heidi better, plus be more stable at speed for her Height/Weight usage

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Thread Starter 
Thanks for that. No wonder I hated the Attreactions they were only 148 or such.
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I agree with the above.  If you know you like Blizzard, the BPs are a much beloved ski with  women.  Definitely go longer.  I have a friend who loves her BPs except for in crud.  They throw her around a bit and that's probably because she bought them too short.  Skis with rocker need to be longer so you have enough effective edge.  A lot of the Aussie women I know also like the Volkl Kenjas.  It's probably worth taking a look at those as I think it will be easier to find a demo for Volkl.

post #13 of 14

One ski I really love for carving but that is also great for softer snow is the Elan 88 xti...

Another ski that carves nicely but is really nice in softer snow is the Kastle fx84...

 

I also ski on Rossi 9 sl ti and they are really really nice for carving... Last spring, I began my day with them and was planning switching skis when the snow would have been soften but I finally skied on them all day and was really surprised how easilly I manage them in spring conditions...

post #14 of 14

One of my favorites is the Rossignol Experience 88. It works in pretty much every condition and it's rated #1 on this site I found http://www.squidoo.com/best-skis

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