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Hi, I'm hoping for some advice on purchasing new skis. I'm an 18 year old girl and approximately 152cm tall and weigh 49kg's. My ability level is probably advanced. I ski mostly australian terrain and a little bit in new zealand. I am looking at all-mountain twin tip style skis or a freestyle twin tip as I'm wanting to explore park and pipe a bit more this season but am still wanting to do a lot of downhill.
I am currently skiing rossignol radical xs junior 140cm skis from a couple of years ago. Whilst they are still fun to ski and ride very easy I'm wanting to buy a more advanced ski as my technique has developed a bit since I bought those.
I am unsure as to whether I should now be looking for womens skis or if I should look to purchase a youth ski again due to my height and weight as has been suggested to me by a few people. I'm also unsure of what size ski I should be looking at. I was told to buy a longer ski but am wondering if anyone has advice of approximately how long? Most of the Volkl's I've been looking at are around 148cm which is a decent size difference from what I've been skiing previously. I like my rossignol's but I haven't found many twin tips from my searches so far. Does anyone have any recommendations for any models or brands and sizes for those conditions?
Any help is greatly appreciated, thanks.
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Originally Posted by Carlie View Post

Hi, I'm hoping for some advice on purchasing new skis. I'm an 18 year old girl and approximately 152cm tall and weigh 49kg's. My ability level is probably advanced. I ski mostly australian terrain and a little bit in new zealand. I am looking at all-mountain twin tip style skis or a freestyle twin tip as I'm wanting to explore park and pipe a bit more this season but am still wanting to do a lot of downhill.
I am currently skiing rossignol radical xs junior 140cm skis from a couple of years ago. Whilst they are still fun to ski and ride very easy I'm wanting to buy a more advanced ski as my technique has developed a bit since I bought those.
I am unsure as to whether I should now be looking for womens skis or if I should look to purchase a youth ski again due to my height and weight as has been suggested to me by a few people. I'm also unsure of what size ski I should be looking at. I was told to buy a longer ski but am wondering if anyone has advice of approximately how long? Most of the Volkl's I've been looking at are around 148cm which is a decent size difference from what I've been skiing previously. I like my rossignol's but I haven't found many twin tips from my searches so far. Does anyone have any recommendations for any models or brands and sizes for those conditions?
Any help is greatly appreciated, thanks.

Welcome to EpicSki!  I'm a lot older than you are, but about the same size.  Can't help with twin tips.  Maybe @Trekchick will stop by.  Seems like there is little reason to stick with youth skis.

 

For all-mountain skis, I like mid-150's in terms of length.  Longer if there is a tip rocker.  I'm advanced but not aggressive, prefer powder in open bowls to bumps or tight trees.

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Originally Posted by Carlie View Post

Hi, I'm hoping for some advice on purchasing new skis. I'm an 18 year old girl and approximately 152cm tall and weigh 49kg's. My ability level is probably advanced. I ski mostly australian terrain and a little bit in new zealand. I am looking at all-mountain twin tip style skis or a freestyle twin tip as I'm wanting to explore park and pipe a bit more this season but am still wanting to do a lot of downhill.
I am currently skiing rossignol radical xs junior 140cm skis from a couple of years ago. Whilst they are still fun to ski and ride very easy I'm wanting to buy a more advanced ski as my technique has developed a bit since I bought those.
I am unsure as to whether I should now be looking for womens skis or if I should look to purchase a youth ski again due to my height and weight as has been suggested to me by a few people. I'm also unsure of what size ski I should be looking at. I was told to buy a longer ski but am wondering if anyone has advice of approximately how long? Most of the Volkl's I've been looking at are around 148cm which is a decent size difference from what I've been skiing previously. I like my rossignol's but I haven't found many twin tips from my searches so far. Does anyone have any recommendations for any models or brands and sizes for those conditions?
Any help is greatly appreciated, thanks.

I know that some people like to go a bit shorter on Park skis but I'm not sure why.

 

I believe that you're limited on brands available in Australia.  Perhaps Volkl and K2 are the most available:dunno

Most of the Volkl park skis are pretty versatile as all mountain skis. The Kink seems to be pretty popular at Northstar.

 

If you can find K2, take a look at the MissDemeanor(all mountain twin tip), or for serious park, look at Empress. 

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Thanks @marznc and @Trekchick just out of curiosity, what is the benefit of going with a woman's ski for me rather than a junior ski with a wood core? Also, I've read a little bit about rocker but I'm still not 100% sure which is better for the conditions that I ski in (normally icey with occasional slush, very very rarely anything close to powder) as I've heard a bit of contradictory information regarding this?
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Thanks @marznc and @Trekchick just out of curiosity, what is the benefit of going with a woman's ski for me rather than a junior ski with a wood core? Also, I've read a little bit about rocker but I'm still not 100% sure which is better for the conditions that I ski in (normally icey with occasional slush, very very rarely anything close to powder) as I've heard a bit of contradictory information regarding this?

Most of the rocker you'll be seeing won't be significant enough to worry about a big difference, especially in this type of ski. 

 

As for the difference between Jr skis and Woman's skis.   Women's skis have a bit better construction.  Once a kid is getting over 100 lbs, we'd start taking them in the direction of an adult ski. 

 

49kg = 108 lbs. 

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