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I AM A 5' 2"  105 LB , 55 YEAR OLD NOVICE EAST COAST SKIER OF 2 YEARS.

HAVE BEEN SKIING ON 120 CM ROXY LITE WEIGHT KID SKIS AND WEARING 2 KNEE WRAP BRACES FOR FEAR OF BREAKING ANOTHER LIGAMENT.

BUT NOW THEY ARE A LITTLE UNSTABLE WHEN I GO A LITTLE FASTER,,

 

MY QUESTION, HAS ANY LITE WOMEN EVER SKIED ON A K2 INDY 136 CM KID SKIS?

I KNOW THEY ARE NOT WOOD BUT FOAM SKIIS FOR KIDS BUT I LIKE THE LIGHT WEIGHT ROCKER/ CAMBER /ROCKER , SHORTER SKIS THAT ARE EASIER TO TURN,,

ALL THE SHOPS ARE PUSHING ME TO PURCHASE A WOMAN 140 CM +, HEAVIER SKI..BUT I AM GETTING OLDER AND JUST WISH TO HAVE FUN AND NOT TEAR UP THE MOUNTAIN..AND WORST,  GET HURT....AGAIN...

ANY SUGGESTIONS??

THANKS FOR ANY INFO,  ANYONE COULD SHARE WITH ME..

LCHUPITA

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I AM A 5' 2"  105 LB , 55 YEAR OLD NOVICE EAST COAST SKIER OF 2 YEARS.

HAVE BEEN SKIING ON 120 CM ROXY LITE WEIGHT KID SKIS AND WEARING 2 KNEE WRAP BRACES FOR FEAR OF BREAKING ANOTHER LIGAMENT.

BUT NOW THEY ARE A LITTLE UNSTABLE WHEN I GO A LITTLE FASTER,,

 

MY QUESTION, HAS ANY LITE WOMEN EVER SKIED ON A K2 INDY 136 CM KID SKIS?

I KNOW THEY ARE NOT WOOD BUT FOAM SKIIS FOR KIDS BUT I LIKE THE LIGHT WEIGHT ROCKER/ CAMBER /ROCKER , SHORTER SKIS THAT ARE EASIER TO TURN,,

ALL THE SHOPS ARE PUSHING ME TO PURCHASE A WOMAN 140 CM +, HEAVIER SKI..BUT I AM GETTING OLDER AND JUST WISH TO HAVE FUN AND NOT TEAR UP THE MOUNTAIN..AND WORST,  GET HURT....AGAIN...

ANY SUGGESTIONS??

THANKS FOR ANY INFO,  ANYONE COULD SHARE WITH ME..

LCHUPITA

Welcome to EpicSki!  Do you usually keep Caps Lock on?  For online discussions, usually all caps implies shouting, which I don't think was your intent.

 

I'm also a petite woman, a bit shorter and heavier, a few years older than you.  Even as an intermediate 10 years ago when I was 10 pounds lighter, I always skied on adult skis.  At your height, 140cm is still pretty short.  I had a K2 ski that was about 148 and I'm 2 inches shorter.

 

How did you learn to ski?  After I had a knee injury (not skiing), I found that investing in lessons was the best way to avoid future injury.

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Got my wife Fischer Aspire 140. My wife is 5' 105# and is a beginner skier. Previously she using 135 kid rentals. She likes the new skis, a little bit more steady, but not stiff. She keeps to th green runs. The skis are marketed as girls/womens skis. HTH
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Thread Starter 

Thanks for the suggestions..

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I'm a 5'10" 165 lb male aggressive skier who likes the bumps. For a couple of seasons my hard snow skis were a pair of junior race skis. Everything was wrong about them from a size and weight standpoint (I got them for my wife) but they were really fun and I rode them quite a bit. Eventually I did break them chasing a racer friend through some icy bumps. From a dollars and enjoyment perspective they worked great. 

 

Junior skis are often lighter, less expensive and shorter (often a shorter ski is easier to learn on). If you find a ski you like the feel of, go for it and cautiously ignore the "junior" designation - as long as you can use adult bindings on it. The skis might not last as long and might not be able to be safely be pushed as hard. But you should pick up new skis as you progress.

 

Note, my wife's current powder skis are a junior model. But she also has adult skis sized appropriately for her. She's not as tall and a bit heavier and her favorite skis are 165 cm long. Many factors other than length make a ski fun - 140 cm is a reasonable length for a short ski.

 

Personally I am a fanatic about light skis. I find all kinds of advantages in turning and tolerance of mistakes in a light ski. There can be high speed stability disadvantages though. But I am happy skiing a bit slower.

 

Off the snow workouts, yoga and quad tighteners can help protect your knees. Lessons can build skills and be great fun.

 

Eric 

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GREAT INFO..

THANKS

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THANK YOU

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