Originally Posted by Utagonian
My wife had been thinking of trying a new powder ski next year. She is about 5"4", 125lbs, athletic. Defensive skier, especially off piste.
Her current skis are:
155cm Head i.SL-She loves these on groomer days. Bends them easily but skis mostly a "skidded carve"
166cm Blizzard Bushwaker/Black Pearl--Go to daily driver. She feels confident on these in most conditions.
166cm Atomic Century--Used to go with these most days but like the Blizzards better so rarely skis them anymore.
163cm Praxis Protest--Skied 3 runs and done. I think she tried to make them work on groomed and when they did not she was afraid of them. The felt REALLY big to her and they "hurt her knees".
We are hoping the low-snow years are over for a while and, if we get some powder, what skis will make it easy? Should we stay <100mm under foot? Just use the Blizzards and give up some float? 88mm used to be fat...
I was thinking:
Head Big Joy 168cm
DPS Yvette 168cm
Armada VJJ2.0 165cm
Demo on powder days is a PITA so...
Based on the skis she seems to like most I'd say the Head Big Joy is a safe bet, if you're picking from the skis on your list.
A few questions:
Does she like a ski that is more of a charging steeps powder ski, or something a little more playful and bouncy?
Is it a priority to have a ski that will handle conditions when its 'skied out'?
FWIW, I'm about 10 lbs heavier than she is and I prefer something right around the 100mm mark for my size and ski style. The widest I'd consider is 107mm-ish.
These days I'm spending most of my powder days (which have been limited) on the Nordica Santa Ana 100mm, but the past few years I've been having fun on the Nordica Wild Fire 107mm.
Although both of these are Nodrica, I don't have a bias toward Nordica. A couple of my (previous) favorites in the powder category have been Blizzard Dakota 108mm for deep snow, steeps and chutes.
The DPS Yvette 110mm was fun as a playful tigger ski, bouncy trouncy. However, I quickly got tired of the 110 width.
If she's looking for a solid charger that skis powder quite well, I'd stick with the Head Big Joy. If she's looking for something a little more "tigger"-like...Maybe the Yvette is a good choice, but for her size, I wouldn't go much bigger than 100mm, and certainly not bigger than 108mm.