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Okay purchasing 2011/2012 Geisha Solomon skis as an intermediate skier? [in Colorado]

Poll Results: Am I okay with this ski?

 
  • 100% (3)
    Don't worry you are fine.
  • 0% (0)
    Take a lesson to improve ability on the skis.
  • 0% (0)
    You are insane!!!! Take em back or trade them!!!!!
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post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 

Hey All,

 

Purchased new skis on a great deal today and I told two guys in the store my ability level (I am a blue, blue/black, mild black skier) and I was told that The Geisha would be a good ski for me with it's features.  I live in CO and have the Epic pass and we can tend to have groomer/courdory days, and some sweet powder days...also some warm days which can create rare icy conditions.  Now that I am home doing research I am find thing that they are advanced/expert skis.  I am not a big speed down the hill with straight skis kind of girl and like to do turns to keep my speeds down.  Do you think these are okay?  Help!!!!!  While they were a great looking ski and I got a great price I don't want something that will not work for me at my ability. 

 

Thanks all and lets hope for some great pow this year!

 

E

 

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post #2 of 10
Yes
post #3 of 10
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Originally Posted by Schussgrl70 View Post
 

Hey All,

 

Purchased new skis on a great deal today and I told two guys in the store my ability level (I am a blue, blue/black, mild black skier) and I was told that The Geisha would be a good ski for me with it's features.  I live in CO and have the Epic pass and we can tend to have groomer/courdory days, and some sweet powder days...also some warm days which can create rare icy conditions.  Now that I am home doing research I am find thing that they are advanced/expert skis.  I am not a big speed down the hill with straight skis kind of girl and like to do turns to keep my speeds down.  Do you think these are okay?  Help!!!!!  While they were a great looking ski and I got a great price I don't want something that will not work for me at my ability. 

 

Thanks all and lets hope for some great pow this year!

 

E


Welcome to EpicSki!

 

Paging @litterbug .  She seemed to like her Geishas a lot.  She skis most at Alta and bought the Geisha as an intermediate.

 

Would help to know your height, weight and the length of the skis.

post #4 of 10

I have skied the Shogun which AFAIK is the identical men's version and I found it to be a forgiving, easy to turn ski which, provided the OP has the correct length, will be an excellent ski for the OP's described ability and planned usage.

 

I had a ton of fun skiing this ski in ankle deep to boot top powder.

post #5 of 10
Thread Starter 
Thank you. I am 5'9" 165 and purchased 173 length which is the same as my K2 Burnin Luv shaped ski.
post #6 of 10
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Originally Posted by Schussgrl70 View Post

Thank you. I am 5'9" 165 and purchased 173 length which is the same as my K2 Burnin Luv shaped ski.

I think you're gonna like these skis; I've just loved them, and they've been my daily driver for three seasons. 173 sounds just right for you. I'm 5'3" and have been more than satisfied weighing from 160-175 both on the 153 cm Geishas I started with and the 164 cm Shoguns I upgraded to last spring. (I'd demoed the 164s, but I was overeager and 153 was the only size left in the demo sale). Both lengths rode nicely throughout. I was a middling intermediate with stemmed and smeary and slidey turns when I got them, and at 153 they were super-forgiving. With the bad attitude about lessons back then I'm glad I had a ski that let me have maximum fun despite having limited skills. The longer skis are even more fun, though; they're more stable at speed, love big swoopy turns, do a better job of smashing through everything, let me cheat when I need to, and are really responding to any improvement in technique.

Geishas/Shoguns are happiest in various soft surfaces and powder as well as as chalky edgeable snow. I've been a powder-phobe (long story, but I'm gonna resolve that this year!!) so I've avoided deep pow, but although they're probably a little stiff and cambered for a pure powder ski and don't have the kind of rocker that powder specialists have, they should be fine in the deep stuff. Their only weakness is on really hard surfaces, where their width and construction make them less grippy, though tolerable. In fact, I'm supplementing them with a narrower more carvy ski this year to deal better with refrozen surfaces we get between storms and in the shoulders of the season and to work on technical skills. You might decide to do the same at some point, but frankly the Geisha is versatile enough to be a real one ski quiver for most Colorado or Utah skiers.

Post back and let us know after you've played around with them a bit!
post #7 of 10
Thread Starter 

Thank you so much litterbug.  Very helpful and am a little concerned on icy days, but think....Gawd help me... I am going to invest in an intermediate lesson or two.  I will see how the snow conditions are but am planning on taking them out the day after Thanksgiving....but won't take them out and will use my old skis if conditions are not good since I don't want to scratch them up my first day using them.  I will report back soon.

post #8 of 10
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Originally Posted by Schussgrl70 View Post
 

Thank you so much litterbug.  Very helpful and am a little concerned on icy days, but think....Gawd help me... I am going to invest in an intermediate lesson or two.  I will see how the snow conditions are but am planning on taking them out the day after Thanksgiving....but won't take them out and will use my old skis if conditions are not good since I don't want to scratch them up my first day using them.  I will report back soon.


Are you going to take a group lesson during early season?  Or a private?  Sometimes during early season, a group lesson can be a good choice because there are few other students and the instructors are more likely to be the more experienced ones who work the entire season.

post #9 of 10
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Originally Posted by Schussgrl70 View Post

Thank you so much litterbug.  Very helpful and am a little concerned on icy days, but think....Gawd help me... I am going to invest in an intermediate lesson or two.  I will see how the snow conditions are but am planning on taking them out the day after Thanksgiving....but won't take them out and will use my old skis if conditions are not good since I don't want to scratch them up my first day using them.  I will report back soon.
Or you could be like me and deliberately whack them together to put the first scratch in yourself and get it over with. wink.gif

Lessons are a good idea. I'd recommend a private if you can swing it. Ask friends for recommendations, and if you can't get a name that way ask for a level 2 or 3 instructor. However, some of us do well in small groups, too. Take a group lesson on a quiet day and you might find yourself in a budget private or semi-private.
post #10 of 10
Thread Starter 
I will be taking a lesson or two at Breckenridge. They are about $160/day but a max of 4 in the class full day. Now just to figure out my schedule to do it. Thanks all! smile.gif
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