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I'm looking for ski recommendations for a friend of mine. She is 5'5", 110 lbs, intermediate skier, 10-15 days a year. What would be a good ski and length for her? She'll be skiing about 5 days a season in Breckenridge, and the rest in MN.
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I'm looking for ski recommendations for a friend of mine. She is 5'5", 110 lbs, intermediate skier, 10-15 days a year. What would be a good ski and length for her? She'll be skiing about 5 days a season in Breckenridge, and the rest in MN.


Would help to know what she prefers in terms of terrain.  Only empty (ideally) blue groomers in MN or is she looking for fun on the blacks as well?  What about at Breck?  While age is not a primary factor, is she under 30 or over 50?

 

Paging @Trekchick for suggestions.

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She's 30, can ski any terrain in MN (blues and blacks) but prefers the blue groomers in Breck. I'd like to get her to try skiing some bumps too, if she's bold enough wink.gif.
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Look in Sept Ski Magazine. Read the reviews. IMO she'll want something with a mid to upper 80's waist, then have her take a couple lessons on the new ski.

Look at the skis ratings and find something that forgiving and has good edge hold.

Do her boots fit well ?

I bought my GF a level 6, some pole planting, last years Kenja, sometime during this season, after we get her boots fitting better I'll put bindings on them and have her take a couple lessons with them. She is currently on 3y/o Burn'in Lov's. She's 50+ y/o.
post #5 of 10

The K2 'super' series womans dedicated ski's have some nice options I'd recommend.

 

My wife ski's the 'Superific' model and absolutely loves it.  We got a pair of very lightly used demo ski's from Joe's Sports for just over $300 including bindings.

 

I don't think they're making them any longer now.  Looks like they've been replaced by the 'potion' series.

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I'm looking for ski recommendations for a friend of mine. She is 5'5", 110 lbs, intermediate skier, 10-15 days a year. What would be a good ski and length for her? She'll be skiing about 5 days a season in Breckenridge, and the rest in MN.

 

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The K2 'super' series womans dedicated ski's have some nice options I'd recommend.

 

My wife ski's the 'Superific' model and absolutely loves it.  We got a pair of very lightly used demo ski's from Joe's Sports for just over $300 including bindings.

 

I don't think they're making them any longer now.  Looks like they've been replaced by the 'potion' series.

At 110 lbs, we are thinking about suggestions for a woman who is pretty light for her height.  I'm several inches shorter and 10 pounds heavier.  As an intermediate, I got the K2 One Luv as my first ski after getting back on the slopes more often and enjoyed it.  But after more experience at free demo days and improving technique, I found that Rossignol and Blizzard skis suited me much better.  Had the Attraxion 8 for several years, which has been replaced by the Unique 10.  75 underfoot but a wide shovel, so I had a good time with it in up to 6 inches of powder out west.  Good for any conditions I found in the southeast and Mid-Atlantic.

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Look at the K2 Potion series, I'd go with the Potion 80 (or 84) for her, but try to go with the flat ski and get your own binding.  For her weight, the flat mount ski will have a smoother flex. 

 

Other skis in that group that are good are Head Abosolute Joy, Salomon Quartz and Nordica Belle to Belle.   

 

All of these manufacturers have done a really good job with these lines, but I like the flex of the K2 Potion (flat) for women who fall into the light weight class. :D

post #8 of 10
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Thanks for the recommendations!  She's also in the market for boots, at her weight and ability, would 100 flex be appropriate?  She's not been in for a boot fitting, but based on shell fit, she's about a 22.5-23 mondo (women's size 7.5).

post #9 of 10
Oh, boots are the most important part. Sounds like you know to get her to a great boot fitter and let him do his/her magic for her feet.
post #10 of 10
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Exactly, I'm urging her to go to a good bootfitter, but due to the higher costs, she may opt for used/discount boots despite my advice.  In this case, I'll just make sure she gets the right shell size/appropriate flex (yes, I know it varies) to make it easier once she has her "epiphany". 

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