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Recommendations for me please: new skiis

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Me: 53, 160 pounds, 5'7''

Colorado skier, decent shape for my age

Started later in life so not a natural

Like variety, very comfortable on easier blacks and small bumps. Enjoy groomers but not my favorite.

Struggle in larger/steeper bumps and trees, but really want to get better!

I can carve pretty good until I get to bumps and trees and then my technique go to heck.

 

I only do about 15 days a year so don't want to spend a ton of money.

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What are you on now? Have you demoed any skis?

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Haven't done any demos, except a friend AMP Rictors in a 160. They were slightly better than my current skis in the bumps but not great otherwise and were perhaps too short. My current skis are Solomon Jades in 173 (IIRC). I know, a woman's ski, but I got a screaming deal on them at end of season about 5 years ago.

 

The Jade's are good in crud and they carve well but they seem slow turning and heavy feeling in the bumps and trees. I think I need a shorter, livelier ski for bumps and trees.

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Blizzard Bushwacker in a 173 is my first instinct for you. The ski hasn't been changed in the last 3 years other than graphics, so you may be able to find a previous year's model at a great price. It's an 88mm waist and is a good bump ski/tree ski that's not demanding. If you only ski 15 days a year and this is a 1-ski quiver, that would work nicely. If you're someone who only shows up for powder and soft snow days, you may want something wider.

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