I'm going to source a new ski for my 25 year old daughter who lives in Milan, Italy. She is an athletic, 140 lbs and 5'5". Both the Head and the Elan are available locally, the Head is about $125 more than the Elan, the Elan can be had for $425. She currently has a 169cm Atomic Crimson and a 165cm Fisher RX9. She wants to keep the Atomic for all mountain skiing. However, the the RX9 is not ideal as a short turn carver on ice, and I'm seeking recommendations for a short radius ski for icy conditions on steeper big mountain slopes. The ski needs to be versatile enough for some mogals and some softer snow, but the ski will see carved turns on firm snow 80% of the time. She is skiing every month and travels to Courchevel, Monte Rosa, and Saalbach.
I'm thinking that the longer length of the Elan makes this ski as stable and a little more versatile in chopped up snow as the shorter Head.
Or, is the Head just in an altogether higher league than the more cruiser oriented Elan?
Edited by WILDCAT - 12/31/14 at 7:07am