Originally Posted by fisch2332
My girlfriend is an advanced skier but hasn't gone skiing much in the last 10 years. She got a new pair of skis in 2004 (Blizzard TG3, 68 mm underfoot (specs, 104-68-94)) and has only used them a few times before going on a skiing hiatus. This year, she plans to get back into skiing and we are tentatively planning a trip out west (but will be doing a majority of skiing in the northeast, ct, ma, nh, vt). My guess is that she'll be a 5-10 day skier a year. I was looking into Blizzard Black Pearl for her, but is it worth upgrading and will she notice a big difference between her 2004 skis and Blizzard Black Pearl?
Please let me know what you guys think.
And as always, thanks for the feedback and input.
I like the way you're thinking and can only reiterate what some others have said.
Her old skis may be fine but that ski is a basic recreational ski from that time and the bindings *may* not be indemnified. No matter what, she'll like new skis over the old ones. Retire the old skis and look to the future.
I'm usually in agreement about taking your own boots and demoing or renting skis, but at this point I think its time for her to consider new boots as well as skis. Quite often boots that sit for 10 years are deteriorated and our feet change so they may not fit well either. Demoing skis will require that she has her own boots, so check out the boots first.
That being said, if you get a chance to get out to some tent sales the next few weeks, because this is the time of year to do so, you(she) can probably pick up a good pair of skis for decent money.
Stay below 90 mm under foot, like the Black Pearl and make sure to get a good length for her. She may also prefer something like the Blizzard Viva X7Ti which is 77 mm under foot, more of a front side specific but soooooo much fun!!
I don't believe you shared her stats, "height and weight", nor the kind of terrain that she likes to ski. We can be more helpful about possible skis to look for if you share some of this information.
So, list of things to do:
- Check boots first - make sure hers are not deteriorated and that they fit well
- Donate or give away the old skis - Its time for a fresh start
- Check out the fall sales and see what you can find - you may find boots as well but will not likely get a proper boot fitting at a sale.
- If you have boots dialed and can't find the right skis, take the boots and do some demoing.