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post #1 of 10
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My daughter is looking for new skis to replace her K2 Free LUV 149cm which were heavy and clunky.  She's 16 yrs old, 5' 7" about 100lbs and very athletic. She can ski anything I take her down with ease.  For example we skied all the main chutes at Jay Peak, all the glades, steeps.  We ski mostly out east Jay Peak, Stowe, Sugarbush, Mad River Glen.  We try to stay in the trees or on the double blacks, moguls etc.  Her sister has the Black Pearls @ 159cm.  She loves the BP's, but hates the newer graphics.  We are looking to find something for her during the close outs from this season.  Focusing on flat skis not systems.  K2 is a no go after her experience with her current skis.  I've done lots of research and for her the Black Pearl's are the way to go, 88mm underneath.  Need something more for out east, one ski quiver, able to ski on icy groomers, trees, pow, moguls etc.

 

I like the Black Diamond line of skis and can get these at super prices right now.  Any women out there that has skied them with the same weight/height and skiing ability?

 

Other great suggestions?

 

Thanks!

post #2 of 10

Have you looked at the new Nordicas like Wild Belle and such? Also, the Volkl Kenja or Aura might float her boat.

post #3 of 10

My wife had the same problem. She is 110# and 5'7. She skis the 168s. We tried several different brands until we came across the Moment sierras. These are a triple camber all mountain ski. Now i must say we ski NM and Colorado but she has had not one problem or complaint on the moments from hard pack to 12" pow days. She doesn't go in the BC with my son and I but they would be perfect for that also. We mounted them with Marker squires as she only requires a din of 6. Bottom line a light, super carvy/slarvy do anything ski. Teh top sheets are awesome also. They have a roughed up textured feel that does not allow snow to accumulate on them and they will not chip or tear. Really awesome. Blister gear has reviewed the ski and say it rocks. Im a believer in Moments. You might give em a try. 

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Originally Posted by soundrulz View Post
 

My daughter is looking for new skis to replace her K2 Free LUV 149cm which were heavy and clunky.  She's 16 yrs old, 5' 7" about 100lbs and very athletic. She can ski anything I take her down with ease.  For example we skied all the main chutes at Jay Peak, all the glades, steeps.  We ski mostly out east Jay Peak, Stowe, Sugarbush, Mad River Glen.  We try to stay in the trees or on the double blacks, moguls etc.  Her sister has the Black Pearls @ 159cm.  She loves the BP's, but hates the newer graphics.  We are looking to find something for her during the close outs from this season.  Focusing on flat skis not systems.  K2 is a no go after her experience with her current skis.  I've done lots of research and for her the Black Pearl's are the way to go, 88mm underneath.  Need something more for out east, one ski quiver, able to ski on icy groomers, trees, pow, moguls etc.

 

I like the Black Diamond line of skis and can get these at super prices right now.  Any women out there that has skied them with the same weight/height and skiing ability?

 

Other great suggestions?

 

Thanks!

 

Don't dismiss K2 out of hand quite yet; next season's skis are completely revamped, and are quick and light. I skied a 98 (the FulLUVit) and really liked it. A friend who skis the Black Pearl as a daily driver (and hates wide skis) absolutely loved it. It might be too wide for your purposes, but there are a few in the new LUV line that I think will be very popular.

post #5 of 10

We just had demo day at ALTA on Saturday and my 16 yo daughter skills seem similar to yours except 113 lbs.  She skis anywhere, anything and likes speed too.  the Black Pearls where here #2 ski.  she thought the Wild Bells were too light and skiddish.   she fell in love the the new ATOMIC Vantage 95. in a 170cm  don't fear their width or their length.  they were the the most stable at speed, fastest edge to edge, easy in the bumps and secure on the ice.  and it was VERY hard ice,  refrozen slush/man made snow.  when she skied the Atomics she thought the snow must have softend up a bit but then she tried the Wild belles and had a hard time with the ice.  the Atomics were just fantastic and made the ice feel softer. she was also able to ski the bumps better that she ever had before.  She liked them so much she had to try them a second time just to be sure they were that good.  the second run confirmed her first impressions.  

 

I tried the Vantage 100 (180cm) (very similar ski I believe the guys version) and absolutely loved it too.  I could not believe it was really a 100mm ski.  they were super quick edge to edge fast as all get out, no tip flap etc....    one of the best skis I have ever been on.  

 

for reference I also loved the Bhrama, the Cham 97 both HM and 2.0 and the new powertrack 89.  I did not like the ELAN amphibio 95(sucked)  fisher Ranger 95(too light, no stability) I was a bit disapointed with the bonified too.  my daughter also liked the Cham 97 but she really really wants the new Atomic.  Now I just need to save my pennies for next season so I can get her some:) fortunaly they have a great price point.

 

Royal 

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Originally Posted by soundrulz View Post
 

My daughter is looking for new skis to replace her K2 Free LUV 149cm which were heavy and clunky.  She's 16 yrs old, 5' 7" about 100lbs and very athletic. She can ski anything I take her down with ease.  For example we skied all the main chutes at Jay Peak, all the glades, steeps.  We ski mostly out east Jay Peak, Stowe, Sugarbush, Mad River Glen.  We try to stay in the trees or on the double blacks, moguls etc.  Her sister has the Black Pearls @ 159cm.  She loves the BP's, but hates the newer graphics.  We are looking to find something for her during the close outs from this season.  Focusing on flat skis not systems.  K2 is a no go after her experience with her current skis.  I've done lots of research and for her the Black Pearl's are the way to go, 88mm underneath.  Need something more for out east, one ski quiver, able to ski on icy groomers, trees, pow, moguls etc.

 

I like the Black Diamond line of skis and can get these at super prices right now.  Any women out there that has skied them with the same weight/height and skiing ability?

 

Other great suggestions?

 

Thanks!


I took out a Black Diamond ski (can't remember which model) that was about 100 underfoot at Alta last week.  Had a good time with them in a bit of powder plus on the groomed.  Have been skiing on BPs for several years in all sorts of conditions both in the west and in the northeast.  I'm an older advanced skier, 5'0", 120 pounds, skiing BPs at 159cm.

 

Completely understand wanting something lighter than the K2 with the system binding.  Had K2 OneLuvs a while back.

post #7 of 10
Thread Starter 

Thanks everyone for taking the time to review and respond!  I will definitely check out all the recommendations provided.

 

As per Black Diamonds, the Aspect at 90mm looks like a good ski, but really no reviews on it except for on Black Diamond site.

 

I'm really hoping to pick up current season skis to save a bit.  We just got her new Lange RX ski boots.

post #8 of 10

www.skiessentials.com 

 

Like epic said, have her try those skis. and the Black Pearls, those are the 3 skis I see most high end women on. they have good edge hold and will ski the whole mountain.

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Originally Posted by soundrulz View Post
 

My daughter is looking for new skis to replace her K2 Free LUV 149cm which were heavy and clunky.  She's 16 yrs old, 5' 7" about 100lbs and very athletic. She can ski anything I take her down with ease.  For example we skied all the main chutes at Jay Peak, all the glades, steeps.  We ski mostly out east Jay Peak, Stowe, Sugarbush, Mad River Glen.  We try to stay in the trees or on the double blacks, moguls etc.  Her sister has the Black Pearls @ 159cm.  She loves the BP's, but hates the newer graphics.  We are looking to find something for her during the close outs from this season.  Focusing on flat skis not systems.  K2 is a no go after her experience with her current skis.  I've done lots of research and for her the Black Pearl's are the way to go, 88mm underneath.  Need something more for out east, one ski quiver, able to ski on icy groomers, trees, pow, moguls etc.

 

I like the Black Diamond line of skis and can get these at super prices right now.  Any women out there that has skied them with the same weight/height and skiing ability?

 

Other great suggestions?

 

Thanks!

If you can find a Scott TheSki, Atomic Elysian or Fischer Koa you may hit the mark. 

The Scott TheSki is a great all round ski for the type of skiing you're talking about.

The Elysian is a little wider but has a lot of versatility  so you can take advantage of deeper snow with that. 

or....The Koa is easier to ski but has a little more variety in widths you can choose from depending on what you want to get out of the ski for her. 

post #10 of 10

Problem solved - http://www.skiessentials.com/skis/2014-blizzard-bushwacker-skis.html Exact same ski, different topsheet. $240.

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