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Seeking recomendations for women's skis

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I’m looking to buy ski’s for my wife.  She is 6 Ft, 135lbs. and skis, blacks double blacks and blues.  She loves the bumps and trees and is not afraid to try a steep or two.  She has way out grown her Rossi B2W’s.  So we need to demo some replacements.  We ski Mostly Mammoth and PCMR so good floatation in powder is important but realistically her skis need to carve an arch as well.  I guess what she needs is a great all mountain ski that will respond to her height and weight.  Any suggestions are very much appreciated.

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My first thought is that if she likes her Rossis, take a look at the Temptation 88s. My second thought is that they only go to 170 which is dicey. Her weight is light and puts her well in that range but her height may make the skis a bit too short. I believe the men's versions - the Experience 88 is darn similar and may be a better choice. The Temptations (and the Experience Line) are both rockered so they ski a bit shorter than the Bandit Line did. Her best bet would be to demo both and see which one she liked. They have an 88 waist which is wider than the Bandits, but still mid range. It depends if powder skiing is more of a priority than carving an arch. I ski Mammoth when I can. It's usually a heavier powder (Sierra Cement and all). If powder is the priority, she would be better to demo some wider all mountain skis on powder days to see what she likes. What comes to my mind immediately is the Volkl Shiro which I have heard some women rave about who want a longer powder ski, the Blizzard Samba, The new Rossi 7 series (I haven't tried any of them) or the Volkl Aura (women's) and Volkl Mantra (men's) if the women's is too short. Not much help, I know, but I hope it helps a little. BTW .... I love, love, love my Auras!
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Love my Auras as well, but I have the no-longer-in-production unrockered version in a 177. That said, though, I LOVE my Shiros much more. Their width makes them a handful in the bumps and some work to really get them on edge in the groomers, but they rip on groomers and are So.Much.Fun in powder and trees!! However, they'll feel very, VERY different from her Rossis, so she may not love them. Other winners that stand out from theSkiDiva women are the Volkl Kenja, Aura, and Kiku; Nordica Nemesis and La Nina; Blizzard Black Pearl and Samba.

 

She really needs to do some demoing because ski love is so very personal and each manufacturer has a very distinct "feel". It's even more important for her to demo if she can since her height puts her well into men's lengths but her weight puts her solidly into the women's stiffness category. (I have the opposite situation - a short heavyweight - so only 3 of my 13? pairs of skis are women's)

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Thanks for all the info.  We will be demoing in PC next week.

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