Originally Posted by seamar
Need some help on what ski to buy. I am 5.7-122 pounds. I ski in the Northwest at Whistler, 70% off piste, 30% groomers. Not a super strong person (but ski single/double black often) , and I want to improve. I am looking for a ski to help me make easier turns, less effort.
I ordered Nordica Hells Belles 162 cm, but panicked and sent them back, thinking they were too long. Then I just was persuaded to order Rossignol Saffron 7, but they only have three sizes, so I ordered 162 (the shortest), again am having second thoughts. Another recommended the Blizzard Black Pearls. Help, I am wasting money on shipping costs!
How about a little description on what each of these skis will do in this category:
Black Pearl (I'd go with a 166 for your size) - light nimble, easy to ski bumps and in trees. Can ski the whole mountain but isn't a hard charging ski, something you may like a lot since you describe yourself as "not a super strong person"
Hells Belles (I'd go with a 162 for you in this as well) - Hard charging ski that will ski the whole mountain, especially if you get on top of it and know how to initiate a nice turn. The Hells Belles is super stable at speed and likes steep terrain
Rossignol Saffron 7 - The tip on this ski is fairly soft which makes it easy to enter a turn without pushing it, with a really nice tail that finishes out the turn nicely. This ski has a bit more of an off piste bias than the other two you're looking at.
In all of these skis I'd suggest something in the mid-high 160s in length for your size and skill description.