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Would appreciate any help or suggestions. Looking to buy all-mountain twin tips for 2 teen girls. Not much possibility of demoing, but have been leasing Elan's from the local ski hill the past couple of seasons (Twist), which have been only "okay" for all-mountain use.

Ages are 16 and 13
5'4" 115 lbs
5'2" 105 lbs

Both are probably advanced-intermediate level skiers seeking to progress their skills. Neither is an aggressive skier or overly timid, although I'd describe the 16 yo as more laid back than her sister (as far as skiing goes).

Ski the local ski hill in MT 8-12 times per year, so mostly hard pack and crud, with some ice and, in a good year, some powder. Both like to play in the powder/off-piste when it's there; don't like moguls but want to get better at them. Both will dabble once in a while on easy terrain park features, but not really to any significant degree. We also try to get to one of the resorts once per year (Bridger, Big Sky/Moonlight, or Whitefish), but that doesn't always happen.

Boots are first on the list, and overall budget is limited. So, am considering something like K2 Missconducts or Atomic Supremes (either last year's Supremes, or this year's with carbon backbone). I think both have a little early rise along with being twins.

159 Missconducts seem a reasonable size for the 16 yo, but the 13 yo seems to be in-between sizes. Concerned that 149 would too short, but in the store the 159 was just over her head (not sure if she'll grow much taller). Supremes come in a 157, which in the store appeared to actually be more than 2 cm shorter than the Missconducts, and might be a possibility.

Am I in the ballpark with these models and sizing, or are there better choices to consider?

Thanks!
post #2 of 11

Paging @Trekchick 

post #3 of 11

Where specifically in MT do you ski?  From your statement you are apparently not in the Bozeman or Whitefish areas.

post #4 of 11
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Originally Posted by Wasabi View Post

Would appreciate any help or suggestions. Looking to buy all-mountain twin tips for 2 teen girls. Not much possibility of demoing, but have been leasing Elan's from the local ski hill the past couple of seasons (Twist), which have been only "okay" for all-mountain use.

Ages are 16 and 13
5'4" 115 lbs
5'2" 105 lbs

Both are probably advanced-intermediate level skiers seeking to progress their skills. Neither is an aggressive skier or overly timid, although I'd describe the 16 yo as more laid back than her sister (as far as skiing goes).

Ski the local ski hill in MT 8-12 times per year, so mostly hard pack and crud, with some ice and, in a good year, some powder. Both like to play in the powder/off-piste when it's there; don't like moguls but want to get better at them. Both will dabble once in a while on easy terrain park features, but not really to any significant degree. We also try to get to one of the resorts once per year (Bridger, Big Sky/Moonlight, or Whitefish), but that doesn't always happen.

Boots are first on the list, and overall budget is limited. So, am considering something like K2 Missconducts or Atomic Supremes (either last year's Supremes, or this year's with carbon backbone). I think both have a little early rise along with being twins.

159 Missconducts seem a reasonable size for the 16 yo, but the 13 yo seems to be in-between sizes. Concerned that 149 would too short, but in the store the 159 was just over her head (not sure if she'll grow much taller). Supremes come in a 157, which in the store appeared to actually be more than 2 cm shorter than the Missconducts, and might be a possibility.

Am I in the ballpark with these models and sizing, or are there better choices to consider?

Thanks!

You've touched on the skis that popped into my mind first. 

Another one that you may consider for your younger daughter is the Volkl Yumi.  It comes in a 154 and though its not really a twin tip, its built nicely for a lighter weight skier. 

 

I've tagged a few options on the right side of the page. 

post #5 of 11

Check out the Volkl Gotama Jr.

post #6 of 11

Praxis Le Petite as well.   We bought a pair this year.

 

http://www.freeride.co.uk/gear/skis/2013/praxis/la-petite.html

post #7 of 11
Thread Starter 
Thanks to all for the responses. Am leaning strongly towards the 159 Missconducts for the 16 yo and 157 Supremes for the 13 yo. They both fit the budget, and the topsheet appearances have received the "teen seal of approval" (the importance of which is apparently equal to, or greater than, a ski's performance characteristics, at least in the teen mind).
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Originally Posted by mtcyclist View Post

Where specifically in MT do you ski?  From your statement you are apparently not in the Bozeman or Whitefish areas.

Even though Bridger would only be a 2+ hour drive, given our other weekend commitments and responsibilities we ski mostly at Great Divide. It's affordable, and we can get in enough skiing in a day to keep us satisfied, and still be home before 4:00. We then try to fit in one trip each season to one of the bigger MT ski areas or resorts.
post #8 of 11
I am looking at the k2 MissDemeaner for my 14 year old. It is 90 wide which I think will be better for all the off piste skiing she does and will last her longer ad she progresses. I believe the misconduct is 85 wide.
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I am looking at the k2 MissDemeaner for my 14 year old. It is 90 wide which I think will be better for all the off piste skiing she does and will last her longer ad she progresses. I believe the misconduct is 85 wide.

You are correct.  

The Volkl Yumi that I mentioned is 83 under foot and is offered in a few different lengths (154 I mentioned) to accommodate a little different size girl. 

http://epicski.onthesnow.com/products/2014-volkl-yumi-womens-ski

 

The Supreme that Wasabi is leaning toward is a good ski and fits the same slot nicely. IF you have a hard time finding the Supreme in the correct size, another one to consider which is new for 2014 is the Salomon Lux.  Salomon and Atomic tend to be at a similar price point and have really attractive graphics for this grouping. 

 

http://epicski.onthesnow.com/products/2014-salomon-q-88-lux-womens-ski

post #10 of 11
Thread Starter 
So, found some good online prices for 2013 Missconducts, and even better prices on 2013 Line Celebrity 85s (which it appears may be the only Line Celebrity ski for 2014). Similar dimensions to the Missconducts, but it's somewhat unclear to me if the Celebrity 85 is targeted to more of a "novice-lower intermediate" skier than the Missconducts. More info out on the Celebrity 90s and 100s than the 85s.

Just wondering if anyone has any thoughts (or actual experience) re: the Celebrity 85 compared to the Missconducts.

Thanks.
post #11 of 11

I think the Rossignol Sprayer is a good economical option worth looking at.  I bought a pair for my sister last year and she loved them.  They are only 80mm underfoot but she had no problem negotiating some of the deeper snow we encountered. 

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