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I got back into skiing on the East Coast two years ago. Grew up skiing and was advanced when I stopped but never the most bold skier. Ten-ish years passed and I got myself of k2 Superstitious (146) used demo's when I got back into it. Having spent two seasons on this ski and starting to feel like I am ready to move beyond it a little, I am looking for advice on what would be a good next ski. I am very comfortable on the whole mountain. Have spent time in the woods and that is the area I would most like to improve. However, the east coast conditions can be hit or miss as we all know. I work at a ski resort so I do have the luxury of a fair amount of ski days. I am 5'4" and about 120lbs. I have been looking into the Volkl Kenja's and Aura's, Blizzard Black Pearls, and Nordica Hells Bells. Any thoughts on those options and any other suggestions? Also, while I would love to demo everything, I don't really want to spend all my available money on doing that. I am probably going to purchase a used pair and a new set isn't totally in the budget yet.
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My wife really likes this years Nordica Wild Belle (88mm under foot) and the Salomon Lumen (96mm underfoot). Which resort are you hunkered down at?

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I got back into skiing on the East Coast two years ago. Grew up skiing and was advanced when I stopped but never the most bold skier. Ten-ish years passed and I got myself of k2 Superstitious (146) used demo's when I got back into it. Having spent two seasons on this ski and starting to feel like I am ready to move beyond it a little, I am looking for advice on what would be a good next ski. I am very comfortable on the whole mountain. Have spent time in the woods and that is the area I would most like to improve. However, the east coast conditions can be hit or miss as we all know. I work at a ski resort so I do have the luxury of a fair amount of ski days. I am 5'4" and about 120lbs. I have been looking into the Volkl Kenja's and Aura's, Blizzard Black Pearls, and Nordica Hells Bells. Any thoughts on those options and any other suggestions? Also, while I would love to demo everything, I don't really want to spend all my available money on doing that. I am probably going to purchase a used pair and a new set isn't totally in the budget yet.


Welcome to EpicSki!  At 5'4", 120 lbs, 146 for the Superstitious is on the short side.  I'm a few inches shorter and ski the Black Pearls at 159cm.  I mostly use the BPs out west.  Have skied them in the northwest but would look for another choice if I lived there.

 

Paging @Trekchick for advice.

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I got back into skiing on the East Coast two years ago. Grew up skiing and was advanced when I stopped but never the most bold skier. Ten-ish years passed and I got myself of k2 Superstitious (146) used demo's when I got back into it. Having spent two seasons on this ski and starting to feel like
I am ready to move beyond it a little, I am looking for advice on what would be a good next ski. I am very comfortable on the whole mountain.
Have spent time in the woods and that is the area I would most like to improve. However, the east coast conditions can be hit or miss as we all know. I work at a ski resort so I do have the luxury of a fair amount of ski days
. I am 5'4" and about 120lbs.
I have been looking into the
Volkl Kenja's and Aura's,
Blizzard Black Pearls,
and Nordica Hells Bells.
Any thoughts on those options and any other suggestions? Also, while I would love to demo everything, I don't really want to spend all my available money on doing that. I am probably going to purchase a used pair and a new set isn't totally in the budget yet.

You have a good selection of three(or 4) skis in a similar category.  Of these and from where you're skiing I'd say you could easily narrow it down to the Black Pearls or Kenjas

 

The primary difference between the two is this. 

The Black Pearl is more nimble and will help you improve in the trees, while it still carves really well on the groomers. 

The Kenja is a stronger carving ski that is okay going off piste, but its not known for being nimble in trees. 

 

Where do you want to excel most?  

If the answer is trees, then I'm betting the Black Pearl is your ski. 

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My wife really likes this years Nordica Wild Belle (88mm under foot) and the Salomon Lumen (96mm underfoot). Which resort are you hunkered down at?
I'm mostly at Sugarbush and Mad River.
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I'm mostly at Sugarbush and Mad River.

You are supposed to get a free pair of Dynastar Chams when you enter Waitsfield... check in at VT North.

 

(I'm only sort of kidding, everyone I know form 'the valley' has a pair of Cham 107's)

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You are supposed to get a free pair of Dynastar Chams when you enter Waitsfield... check in at VT North.

(I'm only sort of kidding, everyone I know form 'the valley' has a pair of Cham 107's)

So very very true!
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I would agree with others who suggested going a bit longer.  Skis have early rise in the tips (they curve up and this helps the ski with turn shape-makes the turning easier).  A longer ski will give you a more stable platform which will also make things easier.  

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