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post #1 of 9
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I'm looking for a decent ski for skiing in New England. I'm an advanced skier but  I'm not a spring chicken and a little overweight so not quite as aggressive as I was when I was younger. I love skiing the trees but they aren't as plentiful in New England so I see more ice than powder. Some that I've been looking at are:

K2 Superbright 90

Volkl Yumi

Blizzard Black pearl

Nordica Wild Belle

Nordica Hells Belles

Rossignol Temptation

K2 Superglide 80

 

Thoughts??? Thanks

post #2 of 9

All are good skis with different "feel," but none are probably ideal for you.  These are all versatile midfats with waists in the mid-high 80s--good choices for fairly high-level and dynamic skiers who spend a fair amount of time off piste in crud and ungroomed.  From your self description and what you like to ski, you would likely be more comfortable on skis between 74 and 82 in the waist (easier to ski, more nimble, usually better edgehold on firm snow).  The Yumi, K2 and Temptation are probably the most user friendly on your list, but you might consider expanding your search.  (The new Head Superjoy, 75 in the waist, would likely be perfect.  Check out some reviews.)  Good luck!

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Originally Posted by cdteam View Post
 

I'm looking for a decent ski for skiing in New England. I'm an advanced skier but  I'm not a spring chicken and a little overweight so not quite as aggressive as I was when I was younger. I love skiing the trees but they aren't as plentiful in New England so I see more ice than powder. Some that I've been looking at are:

K2 Superbright 90

Volkl Yumi

Blizzard Black pearl

Nordica Wild Belle

Nordica Hells Belles

Rossignol Temptation

K2 Superglide 80

 

Thoughts??? Thanks

Welcome to EpicSki!  Have you read the Five Key Questions (link at top of the Gear homepage)?  Usually helps if you provide answers to the questions.

 

http://www.epicski.com/a/five-key-questions-when-buying-new-skis

 

I happen to like Rossignol and Blizzard.  Normally do not ski in the northeast but had a chance to use my Black Pearls in NY and VT last winter.  While they worked fine, I'm not sure I would choose them as my primary ski if I lived in the northeast.  Although I have a friend who is perfectly happy with BPs at Tremblant.  I like the Temptation, but want to try the Unique.  I'm over 55 and an advanced skier who flies out west for big mountain skiing.

 

Have heard good things about the Hells Belles from women in the NE.

post #4 of 9

My girlfriend (Karlyboogy) and I have been demoing in Sölden, Austria last Novemebre. Her are her very short reviews of women all-mountain skis on The Ski Diva: http://www.theskidiva.com/forums/index.php?threads/skitesting-in-austria.17016/#post-243397

 

Maybe they help. 

post #5 of 9

There are comments in this thread about some of the same models.  But the OP is in Colorado and younger so was looking to ski quite different conditions on a regular basis.

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/120897/k2-superglide-vs-atomic-affinity-storm

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Originally Posted by cdteam View Post
 

I'm looking for a decent ski for skiing in New England. I'm an advanced skier but  I'm not a spring chicken and a little overweight so not quite as aggressive as I was when I was younger. I love skiing the trees but they aren't as plentiful in New England so I see more ice than powder. Some that I've been looking at are:

K2 Superbright 90

Volkl Yumi

Blizzard Black pearl

Nordica Wild Belle

Nordica Hells Belles

Rossignol Temptation

K2 Superglide 80

 

Thoughts??? Thanks


Breaking these skis down to tenacity - (some of which will depend on production year because some models have changed but kept the same name) 

K2 Superbright 90 - light weight ski with a bit of a BC bias.  Not much of a crud buster but super nimble, will hold an edge. - No longer in K2's line up

Volkl Yumi - nice edging, nimble and super easy to ski.  Fairly unflappable 

Black Pearl - super nimble, easy to ski through most conditions, blasts crud and will hold an edge when you get on it. Unflappable 

Nordica Wild Belle - Not as nimble but holds an edge well and carves nicely. 

Hells Belles - more of an intermediate, front side ski, not much of an off piste tenacity

Rossignol Temptation (which width?)  Lets assume you're looking at the T-88 - Carves like crazy and blows away crud, LOVES short turn radius', not known to be nimble but is a powerhouse for turning. 

K2 Superglide 80 - Another one in the nimble category but not known for crud busting.  It will hold an edge and get you around most places.   

 

 

Is this the information you're looking for? 

post #7 of 9
My wife, age 54, loves her Temptation 78 for PA and VT frontside hardpack conditions. While lighter than the 88s, she skis them pretty long at 166 for stability despite being only 120 lb and 5'6". But she likes to ski fast and does not like trees.
post #8 of 9

The Yumi, Black Pearl, and Wild Belle would all be awesome options. All wood core so light and floaty while still able to hold an edge. Blizzard has their "flipcore" or natural rocker which makes a difference and allows for great maneuverability, Nordica Wild Belle has a wider tip and pin tail which gets you floating, and the Volkl Yumi has slight tip rocker and flatter tail so it rails on groomers. Won't be disappointed with either one, just comes down to what shape works best for you!

post #9 of 9

Talked to a patroller at Tremblant and she loved the  Black pearl and the Tempt.88... A friend of mine ( intermediate), tried the Tempt.88 and automatically loved the ski, she tought that it was easy to adapt to and that it was enhancing her skiing hability...

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