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Recommendations for intermediate/advanced women's skis

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Hi all, I'm in the market for new skis and could really use some help! I'm an intermediate to advanced (but cautious) skier living in New Mexico, 5'8" 150 lbs. I mostly ski at Taos and Santa Fe, 3-10 days a year. It used to be 10+ per year, but now I have a baby in my life and that makes it harder to get out to ski. :) I'm looking for an all-purpose ski... I prefer blues and groomed blacks but I want skis that will also work in powder (my current skis, Salomon Monocoques, are absolutely terrible in powder). I like to mess around in the trees a little bit and I sometimes do moguls but I prefer to avoid them since I've never learned how to ski them properly. I stay in control at all times, but I do go fast on blues and easier blacks since those are easy for me. I don't think I have very good technique, so I think I need a ski that's fairly forgiving. I tend to be back on my heels. That's where I get confused when looking for skis, since I think I need something that's fairly advanced but also forgiving of sloppy technique. I also don't know what length would be best for me. My current skis are 160s and they have worked fine for me in general, but I'm not sure what length to look for in the more modern skis.


Any advice would be much appreciated!

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Originally Posted by lem03 View Post


Any advice would be much appreciated!

For a Taos skier that wanted to get off the groom in a forgiving ski, I would recommend demoing either the Sassy 7 or Saffron 7, difference being a 90 or 98 waist.


These are probably the most forgiving skis that exist. The rockered and tapered tip and tail allow for pivots in powder, crud, and even moguls without the tip and tail catching.


Skiing backseat will feel easy on them, skiing them centered will feel amazing.


These are known as 5 point skis and is where the industry is heading for a Western all mountain, any condition ski. They ski deep snow better than most fat skis of 5 years ago, and yet they can be railed better than those skis too. Most manufacturers have (a lot) of these skis on the market, but Rossignol was the first and many consider them to still sell some of the best.


I would look at at least a 170 in these skis. Remember that with the rocker, on a 170 cm ski, less ski is in contact with hard snow than a conventional 160 length ski.


I really think you would be amazed how much a ski like this can open up your skiing.  I would expect you to find that a lot more of the mountain was opened up to you, but poor technique on these skis will show up in you wearing out your leg muscles very fast rather than not feeling comfortable skiing the stuff at all.


These skis can also be great on the groom on anything but bulletproof days. My wife can rail her S7W's (older model) better than any other ski she owns, and it is the widest ski she owns.



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Thanks, that's very helpful!! I will look into these!

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