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Buying New skis - advice please! [eastern Canada, last bought skis in 1998, intermediate woman]

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I am looking to buy new skis and would like advice on skis that might be suitable. I am female, 5'1; 115-120 lbs; advanced intermediate; will be skiing mostly in Ontario and Quebec in Canada; looking for one all mountain ski; enjoy a mix of groomed runs, steep and moguls. My last pair of skis were Dynastar parabolics I believe 150cm bought in 1998. What stiffness should I be looking for in a ski? What length is appropriate - still around the 150 mark? Thank you!
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This is a easy one, Volkl Kenja's I'm thinking 153cm.

 

www.skiessientials.com Check them out. Call them or email them with questions. They are out of Stowe VT.

post #3 of 11
Thread Starter 
That wouldn't be too stiff of a ski? I enjoy some challenging runs but I wouldn't consider myself an aggressive skier.
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Your best bet is to ask your question at theskidiva.com. The women their really know their stuff...

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Thread Starter 
Thank you! I will head on over there.
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If you come back, the Kenja is exactly what you should be on skiing where you ski. If you think its going to be to stiff, get it in a shorter length.

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How about some Head Rally's?   I find them to be a good east-coast all mountain.  They come in 149cm.  Definately put them on your demo list.

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I am looking to buy new skis and would like advice on skis that might be suitable. I am female, 5'1; 115-120 lbs; advanced intermediate; will be skiing mostly in Ontario and Quebec in Canada; looking for one all mountain ski; enjoy a mix of groomed runs, steep and moguls. My last pair of skis were Dynastar parabolics I believe 150cm bought in 1998. What stiffness should I be looking for in a ski? What length is appropriate - still around the 150 mark? Thank you!


Welcome to EpicSki!  As already mentioned, worth asking the question of the Ski Divas.

 

I'm about your size, advanced, perhaps a bit older.  For length, my skis as an intermediate were 149-154cm, 70-80 underfoot for mid-Atlantic skiing on groomers because that's all there is locally.  My all-mountain skis are 88 underfoot and 159cm long.  I like Rossi or Blizzard, but have little use for Volkl.

 

Recently demo's the Head Joy Line.  Bought the Absolut Joy.  Having a good time with them.  But for the northeast, would consider the Super Joy for ungroomed terrain.

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Originally Posted by GillianC View Post

I am looking to buy new skis and would like advice on skis that might be suitable. I am female, 5'1; 115-120 lbs; advanced intermediate; will be skiing mostly in Ontario and Quebec in Canada; looking for one all mountain ski; enjoy a mix of groomed runs, steep and moguls. My last pair of skis were Dynastar parabolics I believe 150cm bought in 1998. What stiffness should I be looking for in a ski? What length is appropriate - still around the 150 mark? Thank you!

My wife is about your size, 5', 120 lbs, advanced skier preferring the same as you noted. Last year she got 149cm Volkl Kenja's (2015 model) with Salomon Z10 bindings. She loves the ski and found it was excellent on groomers, steeps, bumps, trees. Overall an excellent woman's all mountain ski.

 

Others have also responded recommending the Kenja and I believe you would be very satisfied with it. 

 

http://www.skiessentials.com/skis/women-s-skis/shopby/volkl.html

 

2015 Volkl Kenja's $519 with Salomon STH2 13 bindings, $399.95 without bindings

2016 Volkl Kenja's $699 without bindings 

 

10% online discount for the 2015's and free shipping

 

Difference between 2015 and 2016:

 

http://www.skis.com/Volkl-Kenja-Womens-Skis/391503P,default,pd.html

 

 

The Volkl Kenja got a few updates this season with a slightly wider waist, tapered tip and the addition of rocker in the tail. The Kenja still has vertical sidewalls and Volkl's Power 


Edited by falcon_o - 1/7/16 at 10:51am
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Am at about your level and also looked for all around skis - since you hold on to your skis for quite a while (like me :)) worth spending a bit more - afte r alot of research I splurged on Black Pearls last season and am very happy with them.

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 Ontario and Quebec in Canada; looking for one all mountain ski; enjoy a mix of groomed runs, steep and moguls

The Kenja with its 90 mm waist won't be the best for hard snow, and probably make the skiing more difficult.

 

Look at Head Pure Joy.  72 mm waist, probably 153 cm for you, getting great reviews.

http://shop.head.com/us/ski/skis/on-piste/pure-joy-5.html

"the Pure Joy serves up both accessibility and control, creating a ski that feels just right from the start. Our women’s-specific LIBRA ski architecture gives the Pure Joy lightness, perfect balance, and outstanding control in all conditions. The ski's superb edge grip, damp feel, durable Power Sidewall Jacket, and easy turn initiation give you the perfect tool for a user-friendly learning curve."

 

http://skicanadamag.com/ski-test/easy-cruisers-test-2015#Head

"BEST IN: EDGE GRIP

WOMEN: The Pure Joy is a graceful ski with the ability to hold on hard snow and effortlessly float in and out of the rough stuff. Wendy Reade liked the “great turning radius on this ski. It was easy to handle, and could really arc across the hill. At higher speeds it held well.”  Technical ladies wanting exceptional performance will find the most pleasure here. Wendy Anderson noted that “the sweet spot is slightly back of centre, but once you find it, the ski performs well. It takes a little effort to initiate the turn, and it’s solid as a rock at speed.”"

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