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A female friend is looking for a good powder ski

post #1 of 20
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5'6"

125 lb.

intermediate but likes to ski fast.

agressive. Something to progress on.

Ideas?

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Originally Posted by gmartini View Post
 

5'6"

125 lb.

intermediate but likes to ski fast.

agressive. Something to progress on.

Ideas?


A big factor here is where this skier is skiing most of their days.  What I would recommend for a New England intermediate powder ski is a lot different than what I would recommend for a Jackson in the same situation.

 

That being said, here are a couple easy inexpensive options for each category.

 

East

'13 Blizzard Samba

Tip rocker and a little tail rocker, 98mm underfoot, and a really nice design allow this ski to be smooth in soft snow, yet stable in crud, bumps and hard snow that comes invariably by 11am on even the best eastern powder days.  I have many female friends who use this ski everyday here in Stowe.  But for most skiers it's size would relegate it to a better soft snow ski.  Only 166cm size remains which should be perfect based on the ht/wt you mentioned. 

$399

 

West

'14 Blizzard Dakota

Flat camber with tip and tail rocker, 108mm underfoot.  A longer turn radius and stiffer flex for more open terrain.  Obviously the wider dimension will play better in deeper snow, but the larger footprint also yields greater stability at speed.  The female version of the ever-popular Cochise from Blizzard (no metal in wmns ski). 

$399

 

 

'12 Rossignol S7w

A real pow ski.  Heavy tip/tail rocker.  110mm underfoot.  178cm but skis much shorter. 

$350

post #3 of 20

In case it was not abundantly clear already, the question skiessentials is answering is not exactly the one asked by @gmartini. Not saying they are bad suggestions at all. Just never quite comfortable with this whole setup, and want to make sure what's going on here is as transparent as possible, insider banner notwithstanding. (Note that sigs are not visible on the mobile site.) I confess I'd be less uppity if the response had been something more like:

 

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A big factor here is where this skier is skiing most of their days.  What I would recommend from our store inventory for a New England intermediate powder ski is a lot different than what I would recommend from our store inventory for a Jackson in the same situation.
post #4 of 20
Thread Starter 
Pow ski is for intermediate female new to deep and steep for Rockies and West.
I get your drift. TY
Gil
post #5 of 20

La Nina. Boom!

post #6 of 20

I apologize for any offense.  I am trying to share insight and advice on this forum.  I will also choose to link to what are, objectively, really good deals that my shop has on skis that may be of interest to OP.  No secrets, no misinformation.  If anyone wants to take issue with my suggestions, prices, or otherwise feel free.  These are all easily defensible.  

 

Forgive my being being short on response after plugging my suggestions, it was the end of my work day and I wanted to finish what I was writing.  I am happy to engage in more conversation about these skis, other skis, or nothing at all.  Just trying to spread some stoke and help folks find what they are looking for.  

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La Nina. Boom!

 

 

I would add the Dakota to this and possibly the DPS Yvette 

post #8 of 20

Never heard the Dakota recommended for an intermediate before ... ? Just don't get the original one. Second version probably ok. 

post #9 of 20
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Never heard the Dakota recommended for an intermediate before ... ? Just don't get the original one. Second version probably ok. 


I think you are right seg, the Dakota is decidedly NOT an intermediate ski.  But for progression of what sounds like a strong intermediate skier skiing in places with open terrain I don't think it is that bad a suggestion. 

 

That being said not everything is for everyone, and how will you ever know without trying it?

 

Take me for example, I may be the only one in the world who just does not really like a Rossi Soul 7! But that's just me.

 

-jake

post #10 of 20
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I think you are right seg, the Dakota is decidedly NOT an intermediate ski.  But for progression of what sounds like a strong intermediate skier skiing in places with open terrain I don't think it is that bad a suggestion. 

 

That being said not everything is for everyone, and how will you ever know without trying it?

 

Take me for example, I may be the only one in the world who just does not really like a Rossi Soul 7! But that's just me.

 

-jake

Sold mine and bought the Dakota. :) Although I didn't dislike the Soul 7, just preferred the Dakota. 

 

If the skier can find a 170 Blizzard Crush (check Sierra Trading Post), that might a little better for an intermediate, IMO, and will still allow progression.

post #11 of 20

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Thanks TheRusty. 

 

As an active user of a few forums (TGR, Epicski, and formerly Teletips) I have seen my way around plenty of "pissy" users :)

 

Regardless, I am here help and share insight and be part of the conversing.  Will I drop some links here and there, and try and find folks good deals on things they may be looking for? You betcha.  But I will not mislead or sell inappropriate stuff, period.  Anyone sees me doing something like that call my punk ass out!

post #13 of 20
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Originally Posted by gmartini View Post
 

5'6"

125 lb.

intermediate but likes to ski fast.

agressive. Something to progress on.

Ideas?


A big factor here is where this skier is skiing most of their days.  What I would recommend for a New England intermediate powder ski is a lot different than what I would recommend for a Jackson in the same situation.

 

That being said, here are a couple easy inexpensive options for each category.

 

East

'13 Blizzard Samba

Tip rocker and a little tail rocker, 98mm underfoot, and a really nice design allow this ski to be smooth in soft snow, yet stable in crud, bumps and hard snow that comes invariably by 11am on even the best eastern powder days.  I have many female friends who use this ski everyday here in Stowe.  But for most skiers it's size would relegate it to a better soft snow ski.  Only 166cm size remains which should be perfect based on the ht/wt you mentioned. 

$399

 

West

'14 Blizzard Dakota

Flat camber with tip and tail rocker, 108mm underfoot.  A longer turn radius and stiffer flex for more open terrain.  Obviously the wider dimension will play better in deeper snow, but the larger footprint also yields greater stability at speed.  The female version of the ever-popular Cochise from Blizzard (no metal in wmns ski). 

$399

 

 

'12 Rossignol S7w

A real pow ski.  Heavy tip/tail rocker.  110mm underfoot.  178cm but skis much shorter. 

$350


I am inclined to think along these lines as well. 

I really like the Blizzard Dakota for my hard charging ski when I'm skiing powder at Squaw, or in the trees at Nortsthar, but when I was starting to ski powder I really loved the DPS Yvette, with the super fun shape.  Something like that or the Rossignol S7, Nordica La Nina are great options for someone who's learning to ski powder. 

 

I miss my Dakota :(

post #14 of 20

While not quite a dedicated pow ski, the Atomic Elysians I bought my wife last year have really improved her off-trail skiing. She's been a lot more aggressive in deeper snow on these. Very fun, playful & easy to arc, but with enough width & flex to stand on at higher speeds in rougher snow & chop.

 

http://blistergearreview.com/gear-reviews/2013-2014-atomic-elysian

 

http://www.epicski.com/products/2014-atomic-elysian-ski

post #15 of 20
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While not quite a dedicated pow ski, the Atomic Elysians I bought my wife last year have really improved her off-trail skiing. She's been a lot more aggressive in deeper snow on these. Very fun, playful & easy to arc, but with enough width & flex to stand on at higher speeds in rougher snow & chop.

 

http://blistergearreview.com/gear-reviews/2013-2014-atomic-elysian

 

http://www.epicski.com/products/2014-atomic-elysian-ski


This is another very good recommendation.  I can't tell you how many females I know who really like the Atomic skis (Century and Elysian) for a mix of touring and powder skiing.  I think it offers a bit less for the "progression" needs.  I think the top end performance of these Atomic skis just doesn't match to a Blizzard, and the pure powder shape and performance isn't quite like a DPS (if you can find and afford them) or an S7.  But it is a good thought. 

post #16 of 20
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Originally Posted by segbrown View Post

 

Sold mine and bought the Dakota. :) Although I didn't dislike the Soul 7, just preferred the Dakota. 

 

If the skier can find a 170 Blizzard Crush (check Sierra Trading Post), that might a little better for an intermediate, IMO, and will still allow progression.

I rented the Crush in Utah several years ago as I was starting to get interested and good enough to venture off-piste a bit.  Liked it. As I remember it was a day with over 8 inches of fresh powder.  I'm petite.

post #17 of 20

SHAMELESS PLUG WARNING:

 

 

I still have a few Blizzard Crush in 170cm

 

Willing to make a great deal on those with the IQ integrated binding.  Use your PM feature to get at me.

post #18 of 20

Salomons -- no questions -- my wife loves her rockets 

post #19 of 20

Atomic Century.  My wife loves hers, and the newer, wider, tail rockered version looks even more fun/forgiving.

post #20 of 20
Thread Starter 

Everyone!!!!!! Great information....and spirited. Tis the season to be jolly. I agree with the Blizzard Dakota line for aggressive floating. I shared the info with my friend and she is leaning toward the Elysian. Thank you. Glad you are all here.

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