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Please help wife pick skis! [beginner at Breck]

post #1 of 16
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Hey all,

 

My wife is a beginner...she has been on the hill four or five times and is finally getting over her fear. We have been renting skis previously and actually bought her a pair at the local Labor Day sale. This turned our bad as the salesman sold her something way over her head and she had a lot of trouble controlling them. We just returned those skis last week and now need to buy something.

 

We are looking at something cheap/used that would be perfect for her. She has no aspirations of doing anything beyond green runs...although I am hoping to get her on some gentle blues (like Peak 7 at Breck). She is 46 years old and does have MS, but that does not slow her down currently. She does get tired easily so we need something easy to turn.

 

She found these two skis on Craigslist and wanted me to ask my ski friends on the forum which ones might be the best for beginners. They are both rated Beginner to Intermediate on many websites.

 

Dynastar Exclusive Sensation 2010

http://boulder.craigslist.org/spo/4312342298.html

 

Head Shape 01  2010

http://denver.craigslist.org/spo/4305487484.html

 

We would be buying the 148cm in the Dynastar or the 149cm for Head.

 

Your feedback is greatly appreciated!

post #2 of 16
Thread Starter 

Can anyone provide any feedback on these skis? We are going to probably buy one or the other this afternoon.

 

My thoughts are that a "beginner ski is a beginner ski" but maybe has some insight on whether Head or Dynastar is better for some reason or another.

post #3 of 16
I think skis boil down to personal preference. I am not familiar with either of those skis. I think what is important at this stage of the game is a ski that is the right length and skill level. I don't know how tall or what your wife weighs so hard to say.

Invest in some lessons. Lessons are likely more important than skis at this point.
post #4 of 16

146 is a very short ski, even for a beginner.  What is her height?  

Dynastar Exclusive Sensation never received any reviews I'm aware of on Epicski.  It was designed as a rental / beginner level ski and it is now 5 model years old.  

 

The Head Shape One...never heard of it.

 

You might try the Volkl Aura in a 156 advertised in the Denver Craigslist at the same price http://denver.craigslist.org/spo/4284111530.html 

The women seem to find this to be a forgiving ski suitable for lower speeds and has versatility for your softer snow conditions in Colorado.  This could be made better with a professional tune, and comes with a rental binding, so will fit your wife's boots.

post #5 of 16
The Aura is a more advanced ski. I am not sure that is appropriate for a new skier.
post #6 of 16
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I wanted to stay away from my wife's height and weight. She is tall....six feet...but she will NOT go out in skis any taller than 150cm. I know, I know....she needs to be around 170cm but there is no convincing her. Her first time out the rental shop put her in 145s and she did great. The next time she was in something a little over 150 and she had a horrible time. So in her mind the longer skis are bad for her.

 

We had an argument over this and she broke down in tears...so I have given up on the whole ski length thing. The last thing I want to do is drive her away from skiing. My hope is that as she gets better (she starts skiing blues) I will try to get her to demo a longer pair and see how she does...but for now, that is not going to happen. If any of you are married, you know you have to pick your battles.

 

She is very paranoid about her skis...so that is why this thread exists. She would like some feedback from your guys on the two skis I linked.

 

I do need to give her some sort of feedback.  Looks like the Dynastar may be the better ski....especially if you feel it was designed for rental/beginner.

 

Is there any feelings over Head vs Dynastar?

post #7 of 16

I don't think there is anything wrong with starting on shorter skis.  I think she would be very happy on the Dynastars.   At some point, she will likely feel that she is not on enough ski and will want to try something else.   Let us know how it goes.

post #8 of 16

I was hoping one of the Epicski women would help out here.  It looks like the Dynastar Exclusive Sensation was designed for easy skiing and to release the tail at any point in a turn rather than hook up. While that is not what a more advance skier is looking for, it's a good thing for starting out and gaining confidence.  Hopefully after getting comfortable, she will want to move up a bit, and at that point doing some demos or upper-level rentals might be a good idea to see what works.  Has she got boots that will work out?  Any plans to work with an instructor?

post #9 of 16
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Originally Posted by Cirquerider View Post
 

I was hoping one of the Epicski women would help out here.  It looks like the Dynastar Exclusive Sensation was designed for easy skiing and to release the tail at any point in a turn rather than hook up. While that is not what a more advance skier is looking for, it's a good thing for starting out and gaining confidence.  Hopefully after getting comfortable, she will want to move up a bit, and at that point doing some demos or upper-level rentals might be a good idea to see what works.  Has she got boots that will work out?  Any plans to work with an instructor?

 

She has taken two sets of lessons over the last couple of years...and she is certainly advancing. Even though she was on skis "over her head" a few weeks ago, she was still able to stay in control and turn quickly when an obstacle approached. The good thing is that she is no longer terrified...so that is a pretty big stride. She is learning to ski for me, because she knows I would love her to be out there with me. What is great is that she started enjoying skiing and is having fun! That is why I don't push the ski length and those things...I think it will eventually come.

 

She is wearing my old boots which actually fit her very well. She is a tall girl and not petite (not obese or large, just not a petite frame)...so our feet our close to the same size. We may look at getting her some new boots next year if she continues.

 

Thanks for the feedback...I now have something to show her and help her confidence!

post #10 of 16

Go to one of the ski shops in Summit County and look at their used skis.   They are usually outside in a rack.  Virgin Islands ski shop in Silverthorne has some.  Ask for their suggestions.   You should be able to get something decent for $ 200.   Add $ 30 - $ 40 for a tuneup.   The Rossignol woman's Bandit B-2  (light blue) would be a good choice (I have the men's B-2, which is on its 8th season).   There are many others.   Be sure the bottoms are in good shape.  

post #11 of 16

Breck has an unlimited lesson plan.  This would be great for her next year!

post #12 of 16
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Originally Posted by crudmeister View Post
 

Go to one of the ski shops in Summit County and look at their used skis.   They are usually outside in a rack.  Virgin Islands ski shop in Silverthorne has some.  Ask for their suggestions.   You should be able to get something decent for $ 200.   Add $ 30 - $ 40 for a tuneup.   The Rossignol woman's Bandit B-2  (light blue) would be a good choice (I have the men's B-2, which is on its 8th season).   There are many others.   Be sure the bottoms are in good shape.  

We actually go to Virgin Island quite a bit...a wife of one of the owners actually sold us out condo!

 

She wants to stay at $100 or less for now until she knows this is something she is going to do a lot. Remember I mentioned that she has MS, so she gets tired fairly quickly...so she doesn't want to put a ton of money into skiing until she knows if this is something she really loves.

post #13 of 16

Better chances of success and less exertion on a well-tuned ski.  The difference in price isn't much considering the pay-back in predictable performance (no edge burrs, more consistent base that won't stick), and the fact a lift ticket costs almost as much as these skis.  Also, making a bit of a commitment might be good for motivation.  Anyway, she's worth it, and having her along is a high-value goal for you.

post #14 of 16
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Originally Posted by Cirquerider View Post
 

Better chances of success and less exertion on a well-tuned ski.  The difference in price isn't much considering the pay-back in predictable performance (no edge burrs, more consistent base that won't stick), and the fact a lift ticket costs almost as much as these skis.  Also, making a bit of a commitment might be good for motivation.  Anyway, she's worth it, and having her along is a high-value goal for you.

I agree with every word you say in this post...but my wife is a tough case. She doesn't like to spend money and likes a bargain...so she is all over these skis. We just got back from buying them actually.

 

Really I am just happy she is making an effort to get on the hill. Maybe next year we will be upgrading the skis because she is tearing up the blue runs!

post #15 of 16

No problem.  I'd still spring for a base grind and tune up. 

post #16 of 16
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Cirquerider View Post
 

No problem.  I'd still spring for a base grind and tune up. 

Yep...the skis are already at the shop getting a tune up! We are taking Friday off so we can get her on the hill and get some turns in before the crowds show up!

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