Looking to update my wife's second pair of skis. She is a low-level advanced skier on the hard pack & groomers (her favorite terrain) and a high level intermediate when she gets on the steeps or the powder and to a lesser extent, the cut-up crud after the powder is chopped up. Her current #1 ski is the Fischer Vision 50 (160cm) which is a women's specific de-tuned slalom ski. Her second ski is the Volkl Attiva Aurora (156cm) which, when I got them, were an all-mountain ski, but would probably be considered a front-side technical ski today. 82mm underfoot, full camber, etc. While she likes the way they hold on the hard-pack, she doesn't like to ski them because they are too heavy. Especially in contrast to her carbon/glass Fischer's! And I can vouch for the weight issue as these skis weigh more than my 178cm Blizzard Magnum 7.8's. These skis would be used for deeper snow days, in-bound resort skiing out west. Which means to me - on a good powder day, several runs of good powder skiing, a lot more runs of broken powder, a few runs of really cut-up snow and a couple of packed snow runs back to the base. Lastly, she is 5'-1", @135lbs.
So, would like to step her up to a wider ski that might help make getting through the powder a bit easier for her, but would still carve on the groomed, probably in the in the upper 80's to upper 90's range underfoot . Have demo'd several of the male counterparts of the following skis and am wondering what people here thought of them, recommendations of other models to consider, etc.
- Nordica Hell's Belles
- Nordica Nemesis
- Blizzard Black Pearl
- Atomic Elysian
- Fischer Koa 88
I have also skied the Rossi Soul 7 and have debated putting the Savory 7 on the list, but I'm thinking small steps here. I need to get her confident on skiing most of the mountain before I try to get her to spend the entire day skiing the bowls and dropping in the trees.
Any thoughts, experiences, would be welcome.
Edited by Tag - 2/10/14 at 5:17pm