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My Wife Needs Skis

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My wife recently started skiing and she has progressed quite quickly for only have skied a couple of days. On her second day, she was skiing all blues at Winter Park. We are getting ready to demo some skis now to see which ones to purchase. So far, we really like the Volkl Yumi's, Blizzard Cheyennes or Black Pearls, and the Head Absolut Joy. We are looking for a ski that wouldn't be too much for her right now, but a pair that she can also grow into and keep for several years. She is extremely motivated to learn and really wants to progress to trees and bumps. Any suggestions?

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All the skis you listed are worth considering.  There are a lot of women who love the Volkl Yumi.  Lightweight overall ski, great for intermediate to lower advanced skiers, or even experts who aren't super aggressive or are lightweight themselves.  You mention she's extremely motivated and excited to get into new terrain (awesome!), which makes the Black Pearl seem like perhaps a better choice.  The Black Pearl will be more stable and a little bit more maneuverable in tight terrain due do a different style rocker profile.

 

Some other skis worth considering:

 

2015 Dynastar Cham 87

Rossignol Temptation 88

Salomon Q-88

 

Let me know how else we can help!  All of the skis I listed could potentially work well for her.  They all have their subtle differences, our of which I'd be happy to try to pick the right ski.  

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The Head Absolut Joy is a great choice.  One notch down in the ability requirement is the Pure Joy.  She needs to keep in mind that the ski needs to respond to the energy she puts into it.  Higher level skis are stiffer and require more input to be at their best.  And, in any ski line, the longer the ski is, the stiffer it is made.  Same idea, the ski needs to respond to the energy the skier puts into it.  If she chooses a ski like the Absolut Joy, she needs to try different lengths.  One that is too long/stiff will hinder her ski development--kinda like a kid in shoes with room to grow trying to run a race.

 

More important are boots.  Any of us will ski better with our custom fitted boots and garage sale skis vs. the reverse.  You can make a posting the the Boot Guys forum, give some info about her including the shape of her foot and calf, and get some recommendations for boot makes and models that will be worth trying on.  You can also give your region and get a recommendation for good shops.  (How important are my boots?  I'll never check them on a flight.  Hand carry only.  The airline can lose anything else, but not. my. boots.)

http://www.epicski.com/f/73/ask-the-boot-guys

The "Which boot will work for me" article is most important.  The September sales are the best time to buy boots.  They have all their new stock as well as left over stock, so you're more likely to get the boot that will work best vs. whatever they need to get off their shelves before summer.  Why so many boot models?  The boot fitter needs to choose the boots that suit her foot size, volume, high or low instep, high or low arch, leg geometry, calf/cuff size, and the boot for her ability or soften the flex of a higher level boot that is her best fit.

 

About the fit.  The ski boots, off the shelf, needs to be a bit too small.  The bootfitter will heat & press-out or grind the boot so it fits over the lumps & bumps we all have on our feet.  The boot liner will mold to the foot, and the fitter can adjust the boot for her anatomy.  Here's some great videos:

http://lous.ca/

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Thank you both for your input. We have been boot shopping and she has tried on a lot of different boots. We do, however, live in Kansas City so we have a limited selection. She did really like the Atomic Hawx 90 that we found at a local store, but we are going to Colorado in 2 weeks and we will be doing more shopping.

 

As far as skis, the Yumi and Black Pearl's have been our favorites (and the ones we plan on demoing next). I just wasn't sure if the Black Pearl would be too much ski for her right now. I also haven't found a place to demo the Absolut Joy yet, but I am still on the lookout. 

 

Thanks!

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Wherever you are skiing in Colorado find a real boot fitter and get her boots there, first day, which will allow for some tweaks on subsequent days. DO NOT buy from just any old ski shop. Do this part right and she'll be a happy camper, do it wrong and she might just quit. Go to the "Ask the Boot Guys" forum and check the "Who's Who" for fitters in Colorado. Pick the most convenient one and call to make an appointment; this minimizes your waiting around time. Also read the wikis about fitting and terminology.

I'd also recommend demoing the Head Total Joy instead of the Absolute Joy. At 85mm, it will be a better all around ski.
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Thank you both for your input. We have been boot shopping and she has tried on a lot of different boots. We do, however, live in Kansas City so we have a limited selection. She did really like the Atomic Hawx 90 that we found at a local store, but we are going to Colorado in 2 weeks and we will be doing more shopping.

 

As far as skis, the Yumi and Black Pearl's have been our favorites (and the ones we plan on demoing next). I just wasn't sure if the Black Pearl would be too much ski for her right now. I also haven't found a place to demo the Absolut Joy yet, but I am still on the lookout. 

 

Thanks!


Where is she going to ski the most in the next few years?  Colorado and other places out west?  If so, then the Black Pearls make much more sense than the Absolut Joy.  I own both.  Have had the BPs for several years after demo'ing them at Big Sky.  I demo'd the Absolut Joy at a Mid-Atlantic ski area.  Bought them for use in the east.  Would never consider taking them out west.

 

I also like the Cham 87 and Temptation 84.  Note that I'm a petite advanced skier who has liked Rossi skis since I started skiing more about 10 years ago when I was an old intermediate skier starting to take advantage of being retired.

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We will be mostly skiing in the West. I usually end up in Big Sky or Jackson about every 3 years and then I fill in the other years with different places in Colorado and Utah. This next weekend will be my wife's second trip out West though and she is about 5'4" and 130lbs with really strong legs. I was just a little worried that the Black Pearl would be a little too much for her to handle right now, but it is sounding like it wouldn't be. Thank you!

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My wife demoed the Total Joy at Copper Mountain last year and it is the only ski she has ever been on that made her say "I want that ski." She has a pair and loves them, lightweight, good edge grip, easy to initiate turns, a bit of rocker.
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