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Hi everyone! I am looking to upgrade my skis since I am getting a pair of Apex boots. I am looking for an intermediate-advanced ski that can handle the ice and hard pack that we often see in PA while still being a fast ski with good turning capability. Female, 22 years old, 5'6," 140 lbs, 16 years experience. I was looking at some Rossignol Unique 8 skis, but I couldn't get a good feel for how they are on the east coast mountains. I figured I would see what everyone else has been liking before I invest some money into better skis and bindings. 

Thanks!

Karissa

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Hi everyone! I am looking to upgrade my skis since I am getting a pair of Apex boots. I am looking for an intermediate-advanced ski that can handle the ice and hard pack that we often see in PA while still being a fast ski with good turning capability. Female, 22 years old, 5'6," 140 lbs, 16 years experience. I was looking at some Rossignol Unique 8 skis, but I couldn't get a good feel for how they are on the east coast mountains. I figured I would see what everyone else has been liking before I invest some money into better skis and bindings. 

Thanks!

Karissa


Welcome to EpicSki!  For some reason, it's hard to find the Unique at demo days.  What skis have you liked in the last few years?

 

After having a chance to demo the Head Joy line at Massanutten last Jan, I opted to get the Absolut Joy for my Mid-Atlantic ski. I have Blizzard Black Pearls for skiing out west or in spring conditions.  In general, I also like anything from Rossi.  I'm an older advanced skier.

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I ski primarily in western Massachusetts with occasional trips to Vermont, New Hampshire and upstate New York.  I have Blizzard Magnum 8.0 ti skis for the straight up ice/hard pack all day ski and when the conditions soften up, we get some powder or we have just mixed conditions throughout the day I bring out my Volkl Kenja.   I demoed the unisex/men's version of the Unique 10 and loved it a lot.  I am your height but weight a lot more so I prefer a stiffer ski and for me that usually means a ski with metal. 

 

If you have the chance to demo where you are that would be the best way to try a bunch of skis.

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Karissa,

 

I wouldn't dismiss looking at something from the Temptation line from Rossignol, maybe the 80 or 84. It is a bit wider than the Unique which will give you a bit more float in the crud and packet powder you see in PA and on the east, you know those piles of "granulated sugar" that pull your ski around under you? The extra bit of width will get up on top of them. The Temptations still have an aggressive shape so will hold well on the firmer days and help you build technique. Think of them as a modern SUV that handles pretty well. 

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