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post #31 of 38

Whereabouts in the west are you planning on skiing?  The concept of a 'daily driver' can vary quite significantly in different regions of western Canada.  The resorts out here have some radically different average ratios of hard vs soft conditions.

 

One random suggestion would be the Rossignol S3W:  I know of a few smaller ladies who are really liking that ski, and there have been some overstock/closeout sales.  

post #32 of 38
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Originally Posted by tsk94 View Post

The Rocker 2 92's are definitely a fun playful skis, great in powder considering their size. However when I owned them I was really not impressed with the stability at speed. Too much rocker for a ski like that in my opinion.

Agreed, although it depends what you need. Fast and stable for the frontside? They are ok all things considered, but make no sense if soft snow isn't a priority.

I am still thinking it is a fully cambered, or near to it, twin tip here. My kids are all skiing on fully cambered twin tips this year, and they get a little nod to crud versatility while keeping the full ski underfoot.

But then I sort of think our OP is going to want to venture more off-piste for that fun playfulness out west, and that brings us back to an all mountain focus. I only posted the Rocker/Rockette2 92 to get some discussion going and for a visual - it is sort of an ideal ski to get a feel for a powder design without throwing waist width caution to the wind. Not a bad bet if one can find a deal, which is precisely why I am skiing them.
post #33 of 38
I'm not sure what to call the Rossi Temptation 88's tail, but although it's a great stiff-ish hard snow ski with a 14 meter turning radius with an early rise tip and a flared, slightly rounded, but low-rise tail. I myself am not one for spinning in the air, so I have not idea how that will work. Still, it's a great ski and I strongly recommend demoing it in case you love it.

The 2015 Aura is going all-rocker, among other changes, so try to demo a 2013 or 2014 Aura, which still has some camber and performs nicely on firm snow. The last time I demoed them I was in the market for my first skis in a Big Snow year, and bought something a little more suited for my skills in those conditions, but my memory is that the Auras were very similar--nice on firm snow and very stable and happy in everything else. It's a fun, stable and versatile ski with a slight hard snow bias. Rocker will give next years' version a soft snow bias, so if you like this year's you might need to snap them up before people realize how different the new Auras are.

Kenjas are a blast. You need to try them. Everyone should. They're muscular Volkl skis and are too much for some, but between my weight and assertiveness I can make them obey just fine, so you'd probably think they're a hoot. Maybe too stiff for your needs, but I've been surprised by some of the women who've fallen for them.

I never intended to own more than one ski, but now I have three in the house because I keep finding things that make me happy and then stumble on them at a low price. And that's not the end of it. My all-rounder skis were always too short and aren't made anymore, so I'm starting to hunt for another pair of mid-fat cambered party girls to snag on clearance over the summer...
post #34 of 38

Your title says it all. A perfect ski that does everything doesn't exist. So impossible to find. But with your interest in air, switch, I like your original idea of a twin. There are a few true twins/park skis that can handle hardback decently; Nordica Ace of Spades (very popular among stronger female freestylers back east), Volkl Kink, Armada ARW are examples. At your size, these mid 80's widths will be the equivalent of a 95 for the average sized male. Which is more than enough for a single ski to handle everything out west. Then, as you say, you can add a dedicated powder ski in a year or two. Good luck!

post #35 of 38

If you're coming from the East and moving West, you will find the snow conditions quite different on average, and I would guess that you might find yourself enjoying a different kind of skiing than you do now.  The earlier recommendation to wait until you get to your new home and then begin to demo is a very good idea.  Creating a list now doesn't hurt, but be aware that creating a list of "musts" could be detrimental to finding the ski that truly fits your needs. 

 

The width requirement is puzzling and you haven't mentioned why you have it.  More information would be helpful.

post #36 of 38

Correction to my previous post -- I accidentally wrote the Black Pearl was made by Volkl, but they're actually made by Blizzard, and all waist measurements I wrote should be in mm.

 

I still think you should demo the Volk Aura, the Blizzard Black Pearl, and possibly the Rossi Temptation 88.  As for twin tips, the skis now a days seem to have varying degree of tail rise from nothing to full twin, so you'll need to just add that in to your decision matrix as you demo the skis.

 

Keep us posted on what you choose.

 

T. - www.wasatchreport.com

post #37 of 38

Blizzard Black Pearl / Bushwacker

post #38 of 38
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Originally Posted by CanmoreBruce View Post

Whereabouts in the west are you planning on skiing?  The concept of a 'daily driver' can vary quite significantly in different regions of western Canada.  The resorts out here have some radically different average ratios of hard vs soft conditions.

One random suggestion would be the Rossignol S3W:  I know of a few smaller ladies who are really liking that ski, and there have been some overstock/closeout sales.  

I would suggest that you finish your season on the skis you have, and figure out your new ski once you get out here. Different mountains will reward different skis due to the terrain and weather/snow.

Demo once you get out here. It's different out here.
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