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post #1 of 8
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Hi all, 

 

My wife is looking to pick a second pair of skis to complement what she already has (Blizzard Viva 7.6 in 156 length).  

 

She's currently about a level 7 skier, hangs out on black/blue runs.  East coast around 40 days/year (Sat/Sun every weekend) with the occasional trip west.

 

She loves the Viva for its quick, fast turns.  It transitions easily from short to wide turns and doesn't seem to have a speed limit which she says is a lot of fun and was exactly what she wanted when we bought it.

 

For a new ski she'd like something with a little more width to handle the crud and something that would not punish her for skiing slow, gentle turns which the Viva doesn't really like to do.  She's considering becoming an instructor next year and is concerned that the Viva doesn't handle the slower speeds as well.

 

Thanks for any suggestions you can provide!

post #2 of 8
Need your size and weight. The 156 my be to long for her if she say's they are slow to start the next trun when going slow.

Are her boots fit by a boot fitter ?

Are the 7.6's de-tuned ? You should not de-tune a shaped ski.

I would think that woukld be a good teaching ski all things being in good tune and fitting great.

Until you said teaching, I was thinking she should get a 106mm waist ski or more. That still may work if she can get the 7.6's to turn.
post #3 of 8
Thread Starter 

She's 5'6" around 130-140.

 

She was fit by a bootfitter, had some trouble with foot pain the last couple years and has seen a few fitters(from a good ski shop here and one out in Vail), swapped boots around a couple times to find a good fit for her high arch, somewhat wide foot, but is now in an Atomic Hawx 100 flex with some heel lift.

 

Not detuned, they have a 1-deg base, 3-deg side.  I cant say my tuning is perfect but I keep them fairly sharp.

post #4 of 8
I would fine a better boot fitter. I know some great ones in Ludlow VT at The boot pro.
post #5 of 8
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Originally Posted by jonc View Post
 

Hi all, 

 

My wife is looking to pick a second pair of skis to complement what she already has (Blizzard Viva 7.6 in 156 length).  

 

She's currently about a level 7 skier, hangs out on black/blue runs.  East coast around 40 days/year (Sat/Sun every weekend) with the occasional trip west.

 

She loves the Viva for its quick, fast turns.  It transitions easily from short to wide turns and doesn't seem to have a speed limit which she says is a lot of fun and was exactly what she wanted when we bought it.

 

For a new ski she'd like something with a little more width to handle the crud and something that would not punish her for skiing slow, gentle turns which the Viva doesn't really like to do.  She's considering becoming an instructor next year and is concerned that the Viva doesn't handle the slower speeds as well.

 

Thanks for any suggestions you can provide!

Paging @Trekchick 

 

Is she hoping to have just one pair of skis?  My impression is that many instructors have skis for teaching and something else for free skiing when not working or training.

 

Has she ever tried longer skis?  I'm several inches shorter and lighter.  My all-mountain Rossi Attraxion 8s (127-75-108) are 154cm long.  I'm older, advanced but not aggressive.

post #6 of 8
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Originally Posted by jonc View Post
 

Hi all, 

 

My wife is looking to pick a second pair of skis to complement what she already has (Blizzard Viva 7.6 in 156 length).  

 

She's currently about a level 7 skier, hangs out on black/blue runs.  East coast around 40 days/year (Sat/Sun every weekend) with the occasional trip west.

 

She loves the Viva for its quick, fast turns.  It transitions easily from short to wide turns and doesn't seem to have a speed limit which she says is a lot of fun and was exactly what she wanted when we bought it.

 

For a new ski she'd like something with a little more width to handle the crud and something that would not punish her for skiing slow, gentle turns which the Viva doesn't really like to do.  She's considering becoming an instructor next year and is concerned that the Viva doesn't handle the slower speeds as well.

 

Thanks for any suggestions you can provide!

What's interesting is that the Viva 7.6 is what I'd pick for a teaching ski if I were to get back into teaching.  I like it for the ability to demonstrate turn transitions and that ultimate wedge christie :D

 

If she's looking for a ski that's a great compliment to the Viva 7.6, she may like the Samba.  At 98mm under foot, its not going to over lap her viva, but its going to have that familiar Blizzard feel. 

post #7 of 8
My daughter has been skiing the Viva 7.6 for the last few years and has been very happy on them. I recently got her a Nordica Wild Belle which is an 84mm ski and gives her a bit more under foot. She also tried the Volkl Yumi which has a similar shape but really preferred the Belle.
post #8 of 8
Thread Starter 
Sorry, I made a mistake on the length. Now that I have them in front of me I see they are actually 163 not 156.

Thanks for the suggestions, will take a look at the sambas, wild belle and maybe Yumi.
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