Originally Posted by allyant
I posted about a month ago regarding the Head Absolut Joy skis, which I purchased. But after doing a little more research, I came across the Volkl Violas. All the reviews rated them high and they are geared towards groomers. 74 underfoot as opposed to the 79 on the Joys.
Where in the world are you skiing? Mostly Colorado. I hope to ski more in California now that I have my own skis.
What kinds of terrain do you prefer (groomed runs, moguls, race course, park'n'pipe, trees, steeps, backcountry/sidecountry) I pretty much ski blue groomers (unless I happen to end up on an ungroomed run by accident, so I don't look for trees, moguls and the like) and I may venture out to easier groomed blacks.
How many days a year do you ski? 3 days a year. But again, I hope to get out more often with my own gear now.
How advanced are you as a skier? Intermediate. Like to cruise, medium speeds.
What's your height and weight? 5'6" 181 lbs. Athletically inclined.
So my question is. Which ski do the "more informed than I" skiers recommend for me? I believe I will be happy with either, but since I am purchasing skis, I wanted to get the best ones for me. Thank you.
I am your height and about the same weight. I used to own the Viola and loved it for a good couple years. I was just learning how to ski so I bought them too short in a 148. I quickly outgrew the 148 and found them very squirely at speed. I wonder if I would have kept them longer if I had them in the proper height for me in a 162. Not sure. Good ski though and I was happy with it for a couple of years until I felt I started to outgrow it and my preferences in a ski changed..
I have heard fabulous things about the Absolut Joy and know someone who has them and loves them. I think if you are looking to stay on the groomers either ski will be fine. I personally am partial to Volkls but either ski is good for groomers. I just loved the violas as they are light, nimble and turn so easy.
I also used to own the Atomic Affinity Pure which is a great ski, 79 underfoot, heavier but very stable and easy to ski so I'd recommend these also.
Other skis I haven't tried but have heard good things about are Atomic Cloud 9 or 11, Rossignol Unique 6 or 8 or maybe the Blizzard Viva 8.0. I"ve also heard good things about Blizzard Cheyenne and Nordica Cinnamon girl
I would highly recommend demoing your heart out as that's the best way to learn what you like/don't like.