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Ski gear recommendation for 5'1" 105lb female [mostly Colorado]

post #1 of 19
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Hi,

I am looking for recommendations for skis for myself, I have always rented but now I want to invest in a pair.  I am 5'1 and 105lbs.  I am an advanced skier, blues/blacks.  Ski on the west coast, mostly Colorado.  Looking for an all mountain ski I can use on the groomers but it will also do ok in the powder as well.  I like to play around the moguls some but just short runs.  I was recommended the Atomic Elysian 150s (supposedly since they are twin tip they ski a little shorter) but Im looking for other recommendations as well.  Thanks!  Should I consider jr skis as well, Ive heard mixed reviews.

post #2 of 19
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Originally Posted by lilmeg87 View Post
 

Hi,

I am looking for recommendations for skis for myself, I have always rented but now I want to invest in a pair.  I am 5'1 and 105lbs.  I am an advanced skier, blues/blacks.  Ski on the west coast, mostly Colorado.  Looking for an all mountain ski I can use on the groomers but it will also do ok in the powder as well.  I like to play around the moguls some but just short runs.  I was recommended the Atomic Elysian 150s (supposedly since they are twin tip they ski a little shorter) but Im looking for other recommendations as well.  Thanks!  Should I consider jr skis as well, Ive heard mixed reviews.


Welcome to EpicSki!  How long have you been skiing?  Have you been renting boots too?

 

My guess is that as an advanced skier, you should be able to find a women's ski that will work.  I'm 5'0", 120 lbs, advanced, over 50.

post #3 of 19
Welcome to EpicSki. There are a couple of skis that I would recommend based largely on my wife's experiences with them and also from talking to other women. One is the Elan Delight QT, 76mm and the other is the Head Total Joy, 85mm. Both of these skis are quite light but hold an edge well and would be excellent for a light weight skier. Neither is a twin tip but you didn't mention that was something you wanted. The Head will be better in powder by virture of being wider while the Elan would be a better groomer zoomer. Unfortunately, Elan skis are not easy to find so it might be difficult to demo it. Head skis are more readily available and the Joy series skis are relatively easy to demo. Both of these skis have some tip rocker so they will ski shorter than the stated length, but not as short as a twin tip.

But, most importantly, do you have boots that actually fit your feet? Boots are the most important investment you will make in ski gear and if it isn't done right, your skiing will absolutely suffer.
post #4 of 19
My wife likes the Blizzard Black Pearl. That would fit your requirements. Has a bit of metal and holds a great edge here out east but it has a touch of rocker and is decently wide at 88mm underfoot, which at your weight is plenty of surface area to float you through powder. it comes in a 158cm length. Pretty top sheet, too.
post #5 of 19

You might also check out the (completely unrelated to epicski) Ski Diva forum; there are a number of smaller women who really know their skis there.

post #6 of 19
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Originally Posted by lilmeg87 View Post
 

Hi,

I am looking for recommendations for skis for myself, I have always rented but now I want to invest in a pair.  I am 5'1 and 105lbs.  I am an advanced skier, blues/blacks.  Ski on the west coast, mostly Colorado.  Looking for an all mountain ski I can use on the groomers but it will also do ok in the powder as well.  I like to play around the moguls some but just short runs.  I was recommended the Atomic Elysian 150s (supposedly since they are twin tip they ski a little shorter) but Im looking for other recommendations as well.  Thanks!  Should I consider jr skis as well, Ive heard mixed reviews.


Welcome and this is a great question.  I am not going to recommend a ski but just a strategy for buying a ski for a light weight skier.  You may not agree with this but it is something to think about.  Find the best high performance ski that does what you want, but buy the junior version.  You may be an adult but at 105 LBS you can flex a Jr. ski better.  Most Jr. skies are made for a skier up to 130 -140 LBS, you could also get the ski in a smaller size 130CM or 140CM that may be better for someone 5' 1" and last but not least you will pay a lot less for a Jr. ski.  I have used this strategy with many petite woman and they have liked the result.

 

Can I make a guess lil = you are petite, meg = Megan, and 87 = the year you were born?

post #7 of 19
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Originally Posted by Uncle-A View Post
 
Welcome and this is a great question.  I am not going to recommend a ski but just a strategy for buying a ski for a light weight skier.  You may not agree with this but it is something to think about.  Find the best high performance ski that does what you want, but buy the junior version.  You may be an adult but at 105 LBS you can flex a Jr. ski better.  Most Jr. skies are made for a skier up to 130 -140 LBS, you could also get the ski in a smaller size 130CM or 140CM that may be better for someone 5' 1" and last but not least you will pay a lot less for a Jr. ski.  I have used this strategy with many petite woman and they have liked the result.

 

Can I make a guess lil = you are petite, meg = Megan, and 87 = the year you were born?

 

I definitely know a similarly sized woman who swears by junior skis.

post #8 of 19

I'm a Fischer fan myself. I have heard very good things about the Fischer Koa series. There's the 88 TI, or its lighther sister 84 (no TI), or the more big mountain oriented Koa 100.

post #9 of 19

Paging @Trekchick 

post #10 of 19
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Originally Posted by Cheizz View Post
 

I'm a Fischer fan myself. I have heard very good things about the Fischer Koa series. There's the 88 TI, or its lighther sister 84 (no TI), or the more big mountain oriented Koa 100.

My wife is the same as the OP pretty much - we ended up getting her KOA 84's, and they've been wonderful for everything but deep powder.

post #11 of 19
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Originally Posted by lilmeg87 View Post
 

Hi,

I am looking for recommendations for skis for myself, I have always rented but now I want to invest in a pair.  I am 5'1 and 105lbs.  I am an advanced skier, blues/blacks.  Ski on the west coast, mostly Colorado.  Looking for an all mountain ski I can use on the groomers but it will also do ok in the powder as well.  I like to play around the moguls some but just short runs.  I was recommended the Atomic Elysian 150s (supposedly since they are twin tip they ski a little shorter) but Im looking for other recommendations as well.  Thanks!  Should I consider jr skis as well, Ive heard mixed reviews.


Hi Lilmeg,  Welcome to EpicSki. 

You've gotten some good suggestions from members here, including the Blizzard Black Pearl, Fischer Koa (I'd go with the 88) and some of the Head Skis (Total Joy was brought up) 

Those suggestions along with the Atomic Elysian are all good options for someone your size, however I have to say the Elysian is a little wider and will have more of a powder bias, especially for someone weighing in at only 105 lbs.   Stick with something in the high 80's for your all around, all conditions ski but don't expect it to be a sincere carver. 

 

The Koa 88 is really easy to ski and have float but isn't really known for its edge hold. 

The Total Joy is going to be the most friendly in this group on the groomers and will be great for a majority of the conditions we all ski most of the time but will not excel in powder. 

The Elysian is 95 under foot so it may be a little wide for a one ski quiver 

The Black Pearl has better edge hold than most skis in this class but also has nice float. 

 

What kind of trait are you looking for in this class? 

What strengths are most important to you and what are you willing to give up? 

post #12 of 19

I'm a lighter weight woman who skis Colorado around 40 days a season.  I have  quiver now of  three different skis, but if you're looking for one, go for an all mountain ski, maybe a twin tip.  There are several good options and review on line that could be helpful depending on whether you like groomers, trees, powders, moguls, etc.  But I would second people's recommendation to start by getting fit for boots.  Doesn't matter what ski you have if you don't have a good pair of boots.  I got my boots fit at Larry's Boot Fitting here in Boulder, and I have never skied better or been happier in a pair of boots this past winter.  For ski reviews, here's a good place to start to get an idea of what you might like:

 

http://www.onthesnow.com/gear/g/55/2015-women-s-all-mountain-back-ski-buyers--guide-

post #13 of 19
Thread Starter 

Thank you everyone for the recommendations, I appreciate it.  I do have a great pair of boots that fit me great, they are Noridcas.

post #14 of 19
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Originally Posted by bounceswoosh View Post

I definitely know a similarly sized woman who swears by junior skis.

Another vote for Junior skis. My daughter is about the same size, 17 y/o and is still using jr skis. She has raced on jr race skis for the last 3 years in HS. Jr skis are about half the price.
post #15 of 19

And a vote against junior skis. We've had this discussion on other threads; adult women do not have the same body composition as 15 year old girls, even at the same dimensions. Adults scaled to match teens have more absolute muscle mass, wider shoulders and hips, can exert more force for the same movement. You'll tend to overflex junior gear unless you're talking about U16 racing skis, which I don't think you want for your daily driver in Colorado. Moreover, most junior equipment is not built to the same specs, much of it may not even use the same materials, because (drumroll) juniors grow out of it in a season, two at max. It won't have comparable durability to gear for a smaller adult woman. 

 

Out. 

post #16 of 19

I wasn't a fan of the Head Total Joy, seemed rather stiff and lifeless and the second the snow got soft it went to sleep.   I have never been on the black pearl but it doesn't have any metal in it so me being in the northeast likely wouldn't have it as a one ski quiver.  However, I have never skied in Colorado so not sure if a ski with metal is even necessary so the BP might be just fine.  I think the Total Joy and Black Pearl are love em or hate em skis with reviews on either side of the spectrum so I think demos of these guys is better than just a cold buy.  I am just a huge fan of demoing so I'd recommend this route.  

post #17 of 19

yes, you are right.  metal in the Black Pearl only underneath the binding.  my wife was on the fence between the BP and the Volkl Kenja which does have metal so thought they both did.  

 

was going to suggest that Kenja as well -- looks like surfgirl owns it.  do you like it better/worse than the BP?  (we ski Saddleback/Sugarloaf mostly)

post #18 of 19
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was going to suggest that Kenja as well -- looks like surfgirl owns it.  do you like it better/worse than the BP?  (we ski Saddleback/Sugarloaf mostly)

 

The BP is on my list to demo this coming season but Blizzard isn't always available to demo so I haven't been able to thus far.  If I ever bought the Black Pearl it wouldn't be to take out on a very icy/hard pack day because of its lack of metal/stiffness, it would be more of a softer snow ski for me.  

 

I love, love, love my Kenjas.   They are my go to all mountain ski.  They are simply perfect for when conditions are variable throughout the day.  They can also handle a fair amount of powder in fact I bought them on a powder day at Bromley mountain in Vermont.  I am a bigger girl and often demo ski's that are unisex or men specific.  The Kenja is one of the few women specific skis that don't feel too light and fluffy to me.  I have very strong legs so despite the kenja's burliness I find them very maneuverable AND fun.  

 

They also handle ice and hard pack better than most skis in its class.  Its a fairly "wide" ski at 87 underfoot so it does surprisingly well on the hard stuff.  

post #19 of 19
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Originally Posted by beyond View Post
 

And a vote against junior skis. We've had this discussion on other threads; adult women do not have the same body composition as 15 year old girls, even at the same dimensions. Adults scaled to match teens have more absolute muscle mass, wider shoulders and hips, can exert more force for the same movement. You'll tend to overflex junior gear unless you're talking about U16 racing skis, which I don't think you want for your daily driver in Colorado. Moreover, most junior equipment is not built to the same specs, much of it may not even use the same materials, because (drumroll) juniors grow out of it in a season, two at max. It won't have comparable durability to gear for a smaller adult woman. 

 

Out. 

If you are talking about the basic beginner Jr ski I would agree you but the higher performance Jr ski holds up very well.  One of the families I have skied ski with have two girls and a boy and have handed down a high performance Jr ski from sister to sister to brother and the ski is still together.  The two girls are into gymnastics and on swim team so they are strong skiers and the boy is on swim team and a cyclist so they have put the ski through tough use without an issue.  FYI  it is a Rossignol Jr ski.

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