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post #1 of 20
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Help!  I need some advice on powder skis.  I'm 5'0" and weigh 107lbs.  I live and ski in CO.  I'm a level 7-8 skier.  I currently ski 146cm K2 One Luvs which are fine for basic skiing, but I am looking for something better for powder days.  A lot of the recommended women's powder skis I've seen seem too long for me.  Any recommendations?  Thanks!

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Help!  I need some advice on powder skis.  I'm 5'0" and weigh 107lbs.  I live and ski in CO.  I'm a level 7-8 skier.  I currently ski 146cm K2 One Luvs which are fine for basic skiing, but I am looking for something better for powder days.  A lot of the recommended women's powder skis I've seen seem too long for me.  Any recommendations?  Thanks!

Atomic Centuries, 156 ... or go to a junior ski, like the Line Sir Francis Bacon Jr in 155 or Volkl Shiro Jr in 153. Make sure the junior ski advertises the same construction as the adult, though.

post #3 of 20

I'm not necessarily recommending these as a powder ski or for you specifically, but more of an example of a women's ski that can be skied just fine by someone your size. My very good friend who is 5'1" and 100+- and hasn't skied in 20 years, skied with me in Utah two weeks ago on some 152 Blizzard Black Pearls and LOVED them. So a 156 in the right ski seems like it'd be more than manageable for you.

 

Atomic Elysian or Blizzard Samba (which comes in a 152) might also be possibilities. I own the Sambas and love them--they are extremely stable at speed!

post #4 of 20

Even at a small size/wt, I'd bias toward  a really dedicated powder ski. Something like a Powder Board or the small Praxis Protest. But for a screaming deal on what most would consider a powder-oriented ski that'd still ski great on CO groomers, it'd be tough to beat the Praxis Le Petite on sale right now for like 450 bucks w/usual coupons.... Review here Maybe do the 163... but there is a 153 available...


Edited by spindrift - 2/16/14 at 1:45pm
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I don't know how to link it but in the gear  for sale section there is some selling real cheap a pair of Icelandic skis no bindings 156 cm length for $50

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Where did you see the Praxis Le Petite for $250?  I'm really interested in this ski!

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Opps. Typing/brain lapse - was in a rush. Now fixed in original post.  On the site for 479 minus the usual 10% discount codes probably nets out around 450-ish  with ship.... PM me if you want a 15% off for new customers coupon via the customer loyalty program. Still a sick deal (and I get points :D )

 

While not quite the screaming deal, and smaller than I could ski, I'd think the Protest 163 would be a solid bet as a dedicated powder ski for a small stronger skier. Certainly the bigger sizes are amazing skis. That said, I have seen smaller family guests hop on the household pair of Petites and pop right off piste without hesitation... 

post #8 of 20

Have you thought about a junior powder ski?  I know a teenage girl that's a VERY good skier and she is around 110lbs that loves her Armada Triple J's.  They're a 155cm ski but they have lots of rocker so they ski much shorter than a full camber ski of the same length.  Also, the Armada Tantrum is really popular with teens and you're a pretty small lady so you would be similar in size.  Just a thought.

post #9 of 20
another option solly rockette 115 @156, 105 underfoot in this size
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My wife is new to the Praxis La Petite this winter and absolutely loves them!

 

 

She keeps telling me how much better the skis have made her skiing and how much better she now skis compared to her friends simply because of the difference  in skis.  I can attest she has never skied so well or with so much confidence as she has since getting the La Petite.  Powder is a totally different experience (and way more fun wit less effort) for her on this ski.

 

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Wow.  that is a fabulous photo allowing one to see the real shape of the ski on the snow!  Dane,  what size did she purchase? 

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Tracy is 5'5" and 120#.  The ski are 153cm.  The ski for those that haven't looked is 127/98/117 and a turn radius of  13m in the 153cm size.

 

 

100mm under foot is a good all mtn ski for a much bigger person.  And a full on big mtn/powder ski for a smaller person.

 

For her size and weight and how she skis them  I equate Tracy's 152cm La Petite to my 192cm DPS RPC and Praxis GPO which are both 115mm under foot..

 

It isn't super fat but plenty of ski for any soft snow conditions we have here in the Cascades.

post #13 of 20

The Atomic Century is a very good powder ski for women your size.

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Rossignol S3 in a 168 length.  Because of the early rise/twin tip, it skis short (similar to a 156 standard ski).  Light, nimble, more than sufficient flotation at 98 in the waist for a petite woman.  Huge sweet spot and forgiving.  Has camber underfoot so it holds well on hardpack as an added bonus.  Available online for $400, including bindings, from Asogear (S3s are now out of production).  Good luck!

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FWIW the La P is twin tipped, all though only slightly so n back.  Nice front rocker, again, less i back.  Nice bit of a pin tail and good camber under foot.  All of which allowed her to ski the  La Petite on really hard pack and ice here early on.  They work fine in those conditions.  But they really shine in new snow or lots of snow. Very modern shape on the ski.

post #16 of 20
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Help!  I need some advice on powder skis.  I'm 5'0" and weigh 107lbs.  I live and ski in CO.  I'm a level 7-8 skier.  I currently ski 146cm K2 One Luvs which are fine for basic skiing, but I am looking for something better for powder days.  A lot of the recommended women's powder skis I've seen seem too long for me.  Any recommendations?  Thanks!

Welcome to EpicSki!  I'm pretty much your size and had One Luvs too.  Found that the way K2 measured, they are equivalent to 149-150 lengths in other brands.  Guess I'm level 8 at this point, but old enough to not be too aggressive.  Have done most of my powder skiing at Alta.

 

My first all-mountain skis were Rossi Attraxion 8s at 154cm.  With the big shovel, I've skied them in up to 6 inches of powder without any problem.  Now I also have Blizzard Black Pearls at 159cm.  Do fine with them in 5-10 inches of powder.

 

For what it's worth, I'll demo anything up to about 162.  Much longer than that hasn't worked for me, although I've only tried anything that long a few times.

 

Let us know what you end up deciding.

post #17 of 20

My wife is loving her Sambas. She is 5'3" / 130 and skis the 159. After getting them this year she just ditched her 78mm. I think maybe the samba will go down to 153 or around that.

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Third vote for the Atomic Century.

 

It comes in a 146 and 156. I'm 5'4" and 118 lbs and ski the 166. It is 100 underfoot and skis powder well, but is also friendly on groomers and very good in crud. It would make a very acceptable one-ski ski for Colorado. 

 

I also liked the Volkl Kiku and it comes in a 154.

 

The Century is tip rise with taper, and normal tail and so will feel more familiar than some other powder skis that have tail rocker. It is a very easy going ski. It's also very well priced.

 

The Kiku is full, progressive rocker from tip to tail. But it will carve nicely and is excellent in mashed potatoes or other cruddy, heavy snow.

post #19 of 20

My girlfriend demoed the Vokl Kikus last week at Whitefish.  She loved the width and the rocker in the powder we were skiing but I think it's a bit stiff for here at 5'5" 130lbs.  the demos were either 162 or 163cm, can't remember which.

post #20 of 20

Are you still there? Go get these http://www.evo.com/outlet/skis/volkl-shiro-jr-youth.aspx#image=58688/291895/volkl-shiro-jr-skis-youth-2013-front.jpg 

 

$215, minus 15% today with code 15today.   

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