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Hi, all! I'd welcome input on models to look for in budget-friendly skis (used via Ebay/CL or prior year over-runs very likely). 

Level, location, conditions: Level 4-low 5 intermediate -- mostly ski groomers / East Coast hardpack in variable conditions. Lots of ice this time of year; also crud, and slush on warmer days here in VA and adjacent states. Conditions tend to get messy by the afternoons by the time we get to the slopes.

My skiing style: Slow, cautious, conservative. I can turn easily and prefer long, slow turns. Really enjoy wide runs but need more confidence for steeper, narrower blues…especially icy areas (will take more lessons after I get the new skis).

Current skis: Used demos. Unfortunately the shop I got them from last season mis-classified them. Asked for an advanced beginner/intermediate ski and another model in that line looks almost exactly the same; ended up with a more advanced ski favored by aggressive speed demons (and of course I lost the receipt). After a lesson and 5 or so days out in various conditions I've realized it's too much ski for me and I end up too fast – especially on ice. [FWIW, specs for my too fast Roxy Joyriders: 146 cm tall; 126/74/105; 10mm turning radius, all camber; Marker bindings. I do like that they’re easy to turn and have some edge hold.]

What I’d like in my next skis; stats: More control, probably something with tip rocker, some level of edge hold given frequent icy patches and hard surfaces but versatile enough to be okay in slush. I'm very conservative but want to gain confidence and get more comfortable on steeps and more challenging blues. Stats: 5’1” 144 (and working on losing a few).

Unfortunately demo days are pretty limited in the greater DC region and timing may not work out for Jan. due to other commitments (that said, I’d prefer a more budget-friendly ski anyway so will likely go used). 


Shortlist so far (any thoughts on these or others to add are welcome): Rossi Temptations in 76 or 78; K2 Superfrees; some previous year’s Dynastars and a couple of Fischers and Atomics looked interesting (unfortunately deleted my folder with the specific names of those last three that were a bit older; maybe the models will ring a bell with someone here who at one time fit a similar profile).

Length: A bit torn on length re. 140s or low to mid 150 range…guess that partly depends on amount of rocker? 

Thanks in advance for any advice, and sorry for the long post. Happy skiing and happy 2014!

post #2 of 11

I have a pair of Salomon Pilots that are really good for an intermediate/advanced woman skier. They are my wife's skis, and she has given up the sport (doesn't like cold). She has only skied them about 5 times, so they are almost new. They are about 5-6 years old, but with really low mileage. They are 170 cm, which maybe too long for you, but maybe not.  I would sell them for $175, so they should fit your budget. They have whatever Salomon integrated system binding on them that came with the ski. Send me a PM if interested.

 

 

Scott B.

post #3 of 11
My wife likes her 2010 Dynastar Exclusive Eden. It's a good stable ski with metal laminates, full wood core, and side walls. Full camber which this ski has generally gives planted feel true to the length. It appears to be a good advanced ski that intermediate skiers can develop into. The radius is on the narrow side at 12 m. At your height, weight and level, go with 152cm on this ski.
post #4 of 11
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I wish I was taller, @bttocs. Thanks anyway!
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Originally Posted by debva View Post
 

Hi, all! I'd welcome input on models to look for in budget-friendly skis (used via Ebay/CL or prior year over-runs very likely). 

Level, location, conditions: Level 4-low 5 intermediate -- mostly ski groomers / East Coast hardpack in variable conditions. Lots of ice this time of year; also crud, and slush on warmer days here in VA and adjacent states. Conditions tend to get messy by the afternoons by the time we get to the slopes.

My skiing style: Slow, cautious, conservative. I can turn easily and prefer long, slow turns. Really enjoy wide runs but need more confidence for steeper, narrower blues…especially icy areas (will take more lessons after I get the new skis).

Current skis: Used demos. Unfortunately the shop I got them from last season mis-classified them. Asked for an advanced beginner/intermediate ski and another model in that line looks almost exactly the same; ended up with a more advanced ski favored by aggressive speed demons (and of course I lost the receipt). After a lesson and 5 or so days out in various conditions I've realized it's too much ski for me and I end up too fast – especially on ice. [FWIW, specs for my too fast Roxy Joyriders: 146 cm tall; 126/74/105; 10mm turning radius, all camber; Marker bindings. I do like that they’re easy to turn and have some edge hold.]

What I’d like in my next skis; stats: More control, probably something with tip rocker, some level of edge hold given frequent icy patches and hard surfaces but versatile enough to be okay in slush. I'm very conservative but want to gain confidence and get more comfortable on steeps and more challenging blues. Stats: 5’1” 144 (and working on losing a few).

Unfortunately demo days are pretty limited in the greater DC region and timing may not work out for Jan. due to other commitments (that said, I’d prefer a more budget-friendly ski anyway so will likely go used). 


Shortlist so far (any thoughts on these or others to add are welcome): Rossi Temptations in 76 or 78; K2 Superfrees; some previous year’s Dynastars and a couple of Fischers and Atomics looked interesting (unfortunately deleted my folder with the specific names of those last three that were a bit older; maybe the models will ring a bell with someone here who at one time fit a similar profile).

Length: A bit torn on length re. 140s or low to mid 150 range…guess that partly depends on amount of rocker? 

Thanks in advance for any advice, and sorry for the long post. Happy skiing and happy 2014!

From your short list, 

The Temptations will be fairly stiff and have a specific turn shape that will be great for short radius turns.  The K2 Super free will have a bigger variety of turn shape and will be a little damper(very cruisy), While the Koa's from Fischer will give a little more feedback than the K2's but has a similar sweet spot for making a variety of turn shapes.  The Koa's are super easy to ski and may inspire you to get off piste a bit. 

Another ski to consider in that category is the Blizzard Viva 7.7.  I really enjoyed that ski last year while testing. 

post #6 of 11
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Thanks so much, @Trekchick. Very helpful! I'll check out the Vivas you mentioned. Meanwhile, you to me more excited about Fischer KOAs and I happened to come across these two options http://www.ebay.com/itm/Fischer-KOA-75-Skis-155cm-My-Style-Bindings-N-Retail-449-99-/150923179476?pt=Skiing&hash=item2323b8f5d4. Any thoughts on which length and waist width in the Fishcer would be better for me?
post #7 of 11

I'm in the same boat, looking for the my own skis, level 4 intermediate, except I'm bigger, 5'6" 160.  Was thinking mid 150 length, have no idea what waist width.   Would like a ski that will help me learn to be confident on the blues.  Not looking for getting off groomers.

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Thanks so much, @Trekchick. Very helpful! I'll check out the Vivas you mentioned. Meanwhile, you to me more excited about Fischer KOAs and I happened to come across these two options http://www.ebay.com/itm/Fischer-KOA-75-Skis-155cm-My-Style-Bindings-N-Retail-449-99-/150923179476?pt=Skiing&hash=item2323b8f5d4. Any thoughts on which length and waist width in the Fishcer would be better for me?

I'd say you can easily stay in the high 140's or low 150's and be safe.  The KOA is super easy to ski and fun. at your weight you may like the 155. 

post #9 of 11
Have you thought about taking a lesson ? you may get some good feed back on what you need to take you to the next level.

How do your boots fit ? were you fit by a good boot fitter ?

Boots are the most important part.

You may also want to check out skidiva.com Us guy's can't get in over there, but lots of good info.

I did notice the Eden meantioned above, that would be a good start.

They say this years Volkl Kenja is more forgiving too. But that may be out of your price range.
post #10 of 11

My wife (5'0" 105lbs) just got the KOA 75's this year and loves them. She is a level 5 skier  who is not at all an aggressive.  It would probably be too soft for someone who was more aggressive.  She's skiing the 145cm, but she's on the lighter side.

 

Here's an awesome deal. They are 20% off the price listed.  http://search.the-house.com/?keywords=fischer+koa+75

post #11 of 11
Thread Starter 
@crazycatlady

Where do you usually ski? Do you have a shortlist yet? Hopefully you can demo. Good luck with the decision-making process!
Edited by debva - 1/11/14 at 6:20pm
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