Originally Posted by fbl100
Hi - My wife has decided to learn to ski this year, so we are in the market for skis. Today while trying on boots, the Rossi Temptation 75's caught her eye. A friend of mine says that in our area, she should not go below 80mm waist. We will be skiing predominantly at Liberty & Whitetail, with one possible trip to Snowshoe, Timberlime, or WISP.
I'd be curious to hear what others think. Remember, she's a true beginner... she has skied only a few times in her life, and never on anything non-green. She is planning on taking lots of lessons.
Originally Posted by marznc
Originally Posted by fbl100
We were at pro-ski in Leesburg. The skis were not the primary focus today, and the place was crazy... not exactly the time to ask them lots of detailed questions. We'll do that later this week when we go back to finalize the boot selection.
Yes, she is considering the multi-week Liberty program, though not sure if she'll do the ladies only, or just the normal adult one.
My friend swears that anything less than 80 is a mistake around here, and that she'll have a harder time staying in control in the crud, or if we get a little layer of powder.
Did you demo those Head Absolut Joy's? There are some 2015's available in her size at Sun & Ski that we are also looking at. Would they be ok for a beginner?
Paging @Trekchick for comments about the Joy line for beginners. I was never a beginner as an adult so don't really have any experience with beginner skis.
Yes, I demo'd the Absolut Joy and the Total Joy at the annual Massanutten demo weekend in early July. But just because I like them doesn't really mean much for your wife unless she is my size. Note that the difference between 78cm and 80cm is not really very much. What I've been skiing in the Mid-Atlantic for a few years are carvers that were 75cm underfoot.
If you wife would like to hear from other women who are planning to take lessons at the Snowtime ski areas, she could join TheSkiDiva.com . I know of at least one Diva who is planning on doing the ladies multi-week clinic in Jan. My understanding is that it's well done. Might as well take advantage of it, assuming the schedule works for her.
First and foremost, good for you in getting her boots sorted first, and good for you for asking about the right ski to set her on a good foundation.
Second, the Joy Line definitely has a beginner ski that will help her get going, and the Absolute Joy is a good place to start. (Head skis has the same women's line up as last year for 2016)
Another ski that you may consider for her, (if you're looking for something from last year's line up) is the Potion 76 from K2. (the K2 line up is completely revamped for 2016)
That Rossignol Temptation 75 isn't a bad choice for her to learn either, but I like the Potions or Joy's a little better because they are a little more compliant.
Your friend's suggestion that she stay above 80 is a little interesting since most rental skis that everyone learns on is in the sub 80mm range.
I've taught several people on skis that are more like 75-78mm under foot.
The things you want to make sure:
- The ski you're getting her will help her learn to make good turns so she learns to ski in control
- The Ski you're getting her will be from a beginner/intermediate category in the ski classifications
- Be prepared to buy her new skis and sell her current skis at a ski swap next year because your good work in setting her up on the right gear is sure to help her get better really quick and you'll need to get her new skis when she's ready to take on the whole mountain.
If you get a ski too wide, she'll start learning to ski by skidding her turns and will have a difficult time skiing in control when the conditions are firm
If you get a ski that is too advanced, she'll be spending all of her time in a snow plow trying to hold the ski back from doing what it was built to do and won't be able to get control of the ski.
If you're interested in some ideas from the 2016 line up, let me know and I'll throw out some more ideas.