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post #1 of 19
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Hey all! My wife has been out of skiing for 12 years or so and I finally convinced her to ski w me on Friday. She had a blast! She really liked the performance rentals which were the Élan Delights. More about her- she is 30ish years old and is 5'7" and around 125lbs (I had to either be specific w the weight or age to get accurate advice- sorry sweetie!) and is an intermediate skier. My question is should I get her the elans (158cm was what she demoed) or try something else? She will be completely on piste. No park or anything like that. TrekChick, your advice would be appreciated. Thanks to all!
post #2 of 19

Don't know anything about the Elans, but would venture a guess that she liked them because skis have gotten way better in 12 years. My humble suggestion is that you let her demo a few more times, some different skis and then let her decide.

post #3 of 19
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Thanks Mom. I don't think she is going to take the time to demo. She will tell me "it doesn't really matter to me". That being said, she seemed to be pleased w the Elans. She thanked me for suggesting a 24.5 boot when the 25 felt as if her heel was coming out of the boot. I just don't think she is as passionate about it as I am yet. I was just trying to help her along a bit.
post #4 of 19
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Hey all! My wife has been out of skiing for 12 years or so and I finally convinced her to ski w me on Friday. She had a blast! She really liked the performance rentals which were the Élan Delights. More about her- she is 30ish years old and is 5'7" and around 125lbs (I had to either be specific w the weight or age to get accurate advice- sorry sweetie!) and is an intermediate skier. My question is should I get her the elans (158cm was what she demoed) or try something else? She will be completely on piste. No park or anything like that. TrekChick, your advice would be appreciated. Thanks to all!

Paging @Trekchick (need to have "@" first to generate an automatic notification).

 

158cm is on the short side for an intermediate.  I'm sure they felt fine since it's easier to turn shorter skis.  When I started skiing more after not skiing much at all while working, I started with skis that are 15-20cm shorter than what I'm using now after getting enough mileage to become an advanced skier.  I'm a 50-something woman who originally learned to ski in middle school.

post #5 of 19
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I think that will be the case for her too marznc. She seemed fine on the 158's after her first run. I'm glad to get some insight. Thanks!
post #6 of 19
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I think that will be the case for her too marznc. She seemed fine on the 158's after her first run. I'm glad to get some insight. Thanks!

The first shaped skis I bought were used rental skis from eBay since I was just skiing at small hills in the southeast, mostly with my young daughter (ages 5-7).  Beat renting every time.  Always had my own boots.  By the time we were skiing more than a 2-3 weekends, I had a much better idea of what was worth buying during late season sales.

post #7 of 19
Does she already have boots, or were you going to get her those along with the skis? If not I would definitely put emphasis on the boots first. Then she can play around with different skis and she'll have a better idea what she likes and what is well suited to her.
post #8 of 19
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Originally Posted by thekidd326 View Post

Hey all! My wife has been out of skiing for 12 years or so and I finally convinced her to ski w me on Friday. She had a blast! She really liked the performance rentals which were the Élan Delights. More about her- she is 30ish years old and is 5'7" and around 125lbs (I had to either be specific w the weight or age to get accurate advice- sorry sweetie!) and is an intermediate skier. My question is should I get her the elans (158cm was what she demoed) or try something else? She will be completely on piste. No park or anything like that. TrekChick, your advice would be appreciated. Thanks to all!

I tagged two Elan skis on the side bar that will be great for her to try if she likes the Elan feel. 

 

A few other brands she may like for what you're describing are Blizzard Viva 7.7, Atomic Affinity Storm.

 

Of the 4 skis I've recommended I think the Elan Amphibio Inspire or Blizzard Viva 7.7 will be closest to what she's looking for. 

post #9 of 19
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She does not have boots yet and I am going to leave that to the pros. The guys at The Boot Pro are top notch IMO.
post #10 of 19
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Thanks for your input, Trek! Should she upsize a bit from 158-160 at her height of 5'7"?
post #11 of 19
Glad to hear you're getting her boots. Carry on. smile.gif
post #12 of 19
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She said to me "thank you for making the call to go from a 25 to a 24.5"  I was trying to get her into a 24 but she could not do it!  Later in the day while skiing she commented on how comfortable the boots were.  Even if she doesn't take my advice, she will take it from the ladies of this forum.  So, thanks ladies!

post #13 of 19
First off all, congratulations to DW on her return to skiing!

The impression I get is that she had so much fun that specific gear seemed unimportant, and I definitely relate to that, having ecstatically skied on noodles in squishy rental boots for way too long when I started out. However, being all giggly on snow doesn't mean that the gear doesn't matter. If she's enthusiastic she's going to get better, and the right gear will make that easier.

Of course I don't think any of us can emphasize boots strongly enough. Good on you for sizing her down a little, though because they were probably ill-fitting that might not be the size she ends up with.

As for skis, so much depends on her personality and style. It's she content to be an intermediate? To stay on piste? Is she a strong athlete or more into style and grace? A few hours of on-mountain demoing will bring that out, and it might confirm that the Elans are perfect, but she might stumble on something completely different.

Anyway, I hope she and you keep having loads of fun!
post #14 of 19
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she will be totally content to be on piste.  She does not want to do anything that could cause any bodily harm! LOL  She is more into the style and grace aspect of the sport (from what I observers briefly).  She is not a big fan of change.  Like I said, I don't think she is willing to put the time and effort and obsessiveness into it right now and I think she will be happy with most anything modern.  I now must search for the best deal for skis for her and she can spend big bucks on the boots.

post #15 of 19

Your wife sounds very similar to mine.  She is and will always be an intermediate.  She really enjoys skiing, but has no desire to push herself outside of her comfort zone.  Its more about the experience, enjoying being outside and spending time with family and friends.

 

We just got her Fischer Koa 75's this year and she loves them. It's a softer ski, very forgiving, and easy to turn.  They have decent edge hold. A little tip rise/rocker helps in the crud.   We got a great deal on them from The House.

post #16 of 19
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she will be totally content to be on piste.  She does not want to do anything that could cause any bodily harm! LOL  She is more into the style and grace aspect of the sport (from what I observers briefly).  She is not a big fan of change.  Like I said, I don't think she is willing to put the time and effort and obsessiveness into it right now and I think she will be happy with most anything modern.  I now must search for the best deal for skis for her and she can spend big bucks on the boots.

 

If this is the case, you should see if you can find her Elans from last year or year before on Ebay and be done with it. No sense in winding yourself up about it if she really doesn't care. Virtually all major brand intermediate ladies' skis will be good. K2 was one of the first to make women's specific skis and they have a good intermediate line. Atomic has some terrific value skis in their Affinity and Cloud series that haven't changed much in the last few years.

 

But do get her an intermediate ski, not a beginner ski and one with a little girth to give her a good, easy platform. (high 70's, low 80's?) She will appreciate the stability a slightly better ski will provide. Otherwise, the ski will begin to feel skittish as her speed naturally increases, and that could mess with her confidence.

 

I'll bet in a year or two she will care and she'll be on theskidiva.com looking for herself. ;-)

post #17 of 19
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Thanks for your input, Trek! Should she upsize a bit from 158-160 at her height of 5'7"?

You're splitting hairs with 158-160.  Some of the length depends on the ski she gets and the reason for it.  I'd say anything in the high 150's or low 160's will be fine for her size, weight and ability. 

post #18 of 19
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If this is the case, you should see if you can find her Elans from last year or year before on Ebay and be done with it. No sense in winding yourself up about it if she really doesn't care. Virtually all major brand intermediate ladies' skis will be good. K2 was one of the first to make women's specific skis and they have a good intermediate line. Atomic has some terrific value skis in their Affinity and Cloud series that haven't changed much in the last few years.

 

But do get her an intermediate ski, not a beginner ski and one with a little girth to give her a good, easy platform. (high 70's, low 80's?) She will appreciate the stability a slightly better ski will provide. Otherwise, the ski will begin to feel skittish as her speed naturally increases, and that could mess with her confidence.

 

I'll bet in a year or two she will care and she'll be on theskidiva.com looking for herself. ;-)

I agree!  I tried to tell her that she would be wanting more out of a ski in a season or so, but she won't listen to me :>)

post #19 of 19
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You're splitting hairs with 158-160.  Some of the length depends on the ski she gets and the reason for it.  I'd say anything in the high 150's or low 160's will be fine for her size, weight and ability. 

ok got it.  Now i just need to sell an old pair of Volkl Kendos (too short now at 171) and a pair of armada tsts (too unpredictable-maybe need to be mounted back a cm or two)   and will put that money towards something for her.  I finally figured out what i like for myself!  My line P90's at 179cm for my DD and my Bluehouse Districts for my east coast powder ski.  

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