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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!  

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Paging TC. 

 

FWIW, my wife, who's heavier than you by 15 lbs, but only a touch taller, skis soft snow in the 168-178 range. Not sure 162 is too long for you. It may be too short, actually, given your height. 

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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!  

Welcome to EpicSki!  Trying again . . . paging @Trekchick (the trick is to include the @ sign and pick from the list).

 

Not sure why you think 162 would be too long in any ski.  At least I think I'm several inches shorter than you are.  I'm 5'0", 120 pounds, in my 50's, reasonably strong, advanced but not aggressive, and my BPs are 159cm.  My all-mountain Rossi Attraxion 8s from a few years ago are 154, 127-75-108.

 

What skis and length have you been using?

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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. 

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