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Intermediate female skier looking for new all mountain skis - BC

post #1 of 11
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Hey everyone, I'm looking for suggestions for skis to check out and demo before I buy new this year. I'm a 24 year old female, 5'8" 150lbs. I ski mostly steeper blues and blacks with a growing desire to go off piste where I really struggle with my current skis. I have a pass to Sun Peaks and ski 15-20 days a year.

 

Im looking for an all mountain ski. I really feel like I've outgrown my Atomic Cloud 6's that I bought 4 years ago when learning to ski. I mostly ski with aggressive snowboarders and have a terrible time keeping up to them in the trees, powder, or through any rough stuff I think because the width and stability just aren't there on my skis. I've only ever ridden one other pair of skis - I demod 96mm Skevik Sevrins that are locally made in Vernon and it was the best day I had on the hill last year. I like the idea of the Skeviks being locally made but I definitely want to demo some others first.

 

Any suggestions? So far based on what the demo shop has, I've been looking at Salomon Lumen and Lux, and Armada arvw. If I'm way off base with these I'd like to hear it. I'd like to keep it under $1000 for skis and bindings, less if possible.

 

Thanks in advance!

post #2 of 11

yeah it's time to move on from the beginner skis. Some of the females I have skied with have been on Blizzard Black Pearl's 85 mm underfoot, Or Blizzard Samba's 98mm . Line Celebrity  I  think 84-86 mm range not exactly sure, They are all some type of rockered ski , I think the Line might be a twin tip. They excell in the untracked and cut up snow, Sambas have pretty good float in powder. Black pearls are pretty good in the firm /hard pack stuff although they will not be as good as a narrower carver type ski.  I don't know of anyone personally on the Volkl womens all mountains but have seen plenty use those skis very well. I think if you try out some of those all mountains skis in the mid 80- high 90 mm underfoot from 168- 180cm length you will have a good start. 180cm might be getting on the long side of things especially if you are in tighter trees and moguls.

post #3 of 11

my wife sounds like she's pretty similar in level to you. tried a bunch of skis in the 100 underfoot range last year to get a bit more comfortable off piste in the powder and chop.

 

her faves were the armada tstw and the ski logik goddess. bought the armada.

post #4 of 11

There are several shops up at Sun Peaks.  Start at one end of the village, and make your way across, demoing everything you can.

post #5 of 11
Paging @DanoT
He works part time at the Elevation ski shop at the Delta Sun Peaks hotel. The rest of the time he's skiing Sun Peaks.
post #6 of 11

Elevation Ski Shop in the lower level of the Sun Peaks Grand hotel has a larger than normal number of unsold used demo skis from last year with an asking price with binding in the $400-$450 CDN. range ( there might be some for $350 or just make an offer) as well as some brand new skis from last year without bindings for around the same price (add about $150-$250 for a new binding).

 

Brands that we carry: Blizzard, Rossignol, Salomon, Line, Scott, Elan.

 

Sun Peaks has received enough snow in the past few days to open 5 of 6 chairs today ( 6th chair might open on Saturday) with skiing on all 3 mountains. 50+ runs open with lift tickets going to full price today but it got really mild with above freezing temps in the village and heavy snow and fog up top. Snow depth on the upper Chute was 3-4 feet.

 

Predicted temps for the weekend are high: -18C and low: -26C. I usually don't ski at those temps and it is definitely not the kind of weather to demo skis.

post #7 of 11
I used to work across the street, under the clock tower in what used to be Time to Ride/Southside. Back when Southside was a snowbored shop. We would have EPIC snowball fights with the guys at Sardines and MHP.

Fun fact, to put the corrugated steel on the walls in SS, we had to sheet the walls with plywood. Which i liberated from the Delta construction site.
post #8 of 11
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I used to work across the street, under the clock tower in what used to be Time to Ride/Southside. Back when Southside was a snowbored shop. We would have EPIC snowball fights with the guys at Sardines and MHP.

Fun fact, to put the corrugated steel on the walls in SS, we had to sheet the walls with plywood. Which i liberated from the Delta construction site.

 

Southside Board shop at Sun Peaks is still a board shop (no rentals) and the lower level is John Tod Trading t-shirt shop. Time to Ride moved to the Delta hotel (now called the Grand) and later changed its name to Elevation and got more into demo/performance ski and snowboard and summer bike rentals.

post #9 of 11
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the recommendations @Snowbowler and @jeremysbrown.

 

I didnt make it up this weekend because of the nasty weather and wasn't planning to demo until a little closer to Christmas as I'm looking at buying probably at the end of December.

 

The more I read about different skis in the size/category I'm looking for, the more interested I am in the black pearls. @DanoT, any idea if you guys have some 2014 BPs? Wouldn't mind saving a couple bucks and I like the 2014 graphic better anyway.

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Thanks for the recommendations @Snowbowler and @jeremysbrown.

 

I didnt make it up this weekend because of the nasty weather and wasn't planning to demo until a little closer to Christmas as I'm looking at buying probably at the end of December.

 

The more I read about different skis in the size/category I'm looking for, the more interested I am in the black pearls. @DanoT, any idea if you guys have some 2014 BPs? Wouldn't mind saving a couple bucks and I like the 2014 graphic better anyway.

 

I was at Elevation ski shop today and can report that there are no Black Pearls remaining from last season. There are some NOS (new old stock) without bindings: Samba in 159cm and 166cm, asking $415. Bushwacker 173cm, $390. Kabookie, 173cm,$415. Cochise 170cm, $470. Rossignol SIN 7, 164 cm, $440. Temptation 88 164cm, $ 440. Salomon  Q LUX, 159cm . This is a partial list.

 

There are also a bunch of used demos from last season that are for sale.

 

A lot of the above skis will get sold during the Xmas holidays when skiers start arriving in bigger numbers than what we get skiing the mountain right now.

 

The $ paid for 2 days of demo rentals can be applied to the purchase of any ski new or used.

 

I hope this helps.

post #11 of 11
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Originally Posted by mcull View Post
 

The more I read about different skis in the size/category I'm looking for, the more interested I am in the black pearls. @DanoT, any idea if you guys have some 2014 BPs? Wouldn't mind saving a couple bucks and I like the 2014 graphic better anyway.

 

 

That's funny. My daughter just picked up a pair of Black Pearls yesterday. She had to wait a couple of days for the shop to get them from the distributer because all they had in stock were 2014 models. The reason she wanted the 2015 over the 2014 was because she liked the graphics on the newer model better. To each their own I guess. I think there was about a $50 difference in price. 

 

Sorry I'm on the east coast so I think the shop is a little out of your way

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