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Need help gettin wife ski. Would like to stick to volkl line

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Hi All,


My wife is in the market for new skis.  I would classify her as a lever 5 skier, she would say she is a level 4.  Most comfortable on all greens and blue boxes so long as conditions are good (we ski the East).  She is not comfortable on blacks unless conditions are great.  I would say she is a solid blue box skier. 


She tends to ski slow making mid size carving turns, but, does skid a little toward the end of her turn and sometime starts a turn by turning her ski verse edging. 


She is 5'2 125lbs 38 years old and in pretty good shape.  Not an aggressive skier but any respect and little desire to ski more challenging terrain.  She has taken a lesson or two a year for the last 10 years and skis between 3-7 days a year.


I want to get he a ski that is going to be good for the East, a good carving ski, something that has superior edge hold. 


Im leaning toward Volkl as I have always been a volkl guy and IMOP they make the best skis hands down. 


I want to stay away from the Adora as I believe this is their entry level ski with a composite core and want to see her in a little more of a ski with a wood core.



The Aurena catches my eye, and think this may be the ski, anyone have any opinion on this one?



The Voila is probably my first choice, as I believe this is a little more ski then she needs but will help her become a better skier.  I like the wood core Idea. 


Any thoughts are appreciated.





post #2 of 8

Not sure you'll appreciate this thought but my advice is let her decide what ski she is looking for, by demoing, researching, going to a good shop, or whatever. For that matter, is she the one who wants her to have new skis? In any case, she is much more likely to progress in skiing--which it sounds like is what you want--if she owns her skiing. I learned all this the hard way (still married though). 

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Well, I'm a woman about your wife's size and weight and . . . well . . . I would not buy a Volkl ski.  Didn't as an intermediate and still don't now that I've become an advanced skier.  They are too stiff.  Just demo'd recently to confirm what I learned the first time out in Tahoe several years ago.  While I can handle a Volkl, not nearly as much fun as Rossi, Dynastar, or Blizzard.  My first skis of the "modern" era were K2.


Don't get me wrong, I know plenty of women who like Volkl.  No question they are good skis.  However most are stronger skiers than your wife seems to be based on your description.

post #4 of 8
There are plenty of good solid skis around, and a lot of them are not made by Volkl. You are robbing yourself so a lot of good skis by sticking to one brand. Most of the exciting skis in the last few years were made by Blizzard, Kastle, Nordica, or Rossignol. Hardly any Volkl skis generated any of the buzz, they are good skis but not exceptional by any measure. I am also pretty sick of seeing guys ski on the Mantras because " it's the best ski out there". The problem is none of them can turn it properly, as it's too stiff for the majority of the people who buy it. People who review skis can turn them, but they're in no way representative of general population. To make a long story short, throw your brand loyalties out of the window, read up and demo. Your wife is fairly petite, she will be miserable on a high end Volkl, and from what I hear the low word volkls are pretty unremarkable anyway.
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post #6 of 8
I love my Kenjas, and loved the ski long before I could ski it, but I was born aggressive and am much heavier than your DW. The Kenja loves speed and needs a firm hand on hard snow and ice (even Utah ice). I would never recommend it for a woman who isn't at least assertive on her skis, and not for someone who has little desire for more challenging terrain or skill improvement.

What is your wife skiing on now? Has she tried other skis? I'd suggest she identify a few skis to start with and splurge on a some demo days. I've almost always demoed from an on-slope shop so I can switch out during the day, and learned quickly that I needed to be frank with the guy behind the counter about what I want to avoid getting steered toward the girlie ski of the moment in a length 10-15 cm too short for me. Not that there's anything wrong with girlie skis, but in my mind it's how the ski performs, not how it looks, that matters.

I'm not a good one for recommendations, since it sounds like I'm a very different skier than your DW, so I'll let other women and their partners chime in with possibly compatible skis. I'll just say that I strongly agree with oldgoat. If you want her to be happy with her skis, she needs to have something that suits her personality, style, and goals. Demoing is really the only sure way I know to make that happen.
post #7 of 8
Originally Posted by markojp View Post

Volkl Yumi for your wife, martinojon.



For what it's worth, I tried out the Yumi last weekend on hardpack, not yet softened manmade snow.  Still too stiff for me even though I'm much stronger technically and in terms of fitness compared to a few years ago.  Could ski them, but would certainly not buy them.  (Level 7/8, mid-50s, 5'0", 120 pounds).

post #8 of 8
Thread Starter 
Years later. At the time I went with the Viola, which she enjoyed for years. It was a good choice.

Fast forward to this season, we purchased a slope side condo, ski 40+ days a year and she has become "a skier". For the first time, she demo'ed her own skis and went with the yumi which was a great choice.
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