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My wife is looking at new skis,Fischer KOA 80. She is an intermediate. We ski in the mid Atlantic where we live with 1-2 trips out west. Probably the same amount of days each location when you add them up. Like me she wants to be a better skier. Skis mainly on the groomers but also off the groomers some. Going to Whitefish end of this month. Will she be unhappy with 80 underfoot?
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My wife is looking at new skis,Fischer KOA 80. She is an intermediate. We ski in the mid Atlantic where we live with 1-2 trips out west. Probably the same amount of days each location when you add them up. Like me she wants to be a better skier. Skis mainly on the groomers but also off the groomers some. Going to Whitefish end of this month. Will she be unhappy with 80 underfoot?


Would help to know what ski areas and which trails she skis in the Mid-Atlantic.  Only greens and blues?  Only groomed blacks or is she exploring at least the edge of a bump run?

 

I used to ski something in the same category as the Fischer KOA 80 several years ago when I was an aspiring intermediate.  It was 75 underfoot.  I would use it out west probably 4 out of 5 days.  Meaning it was rare that I was lucky enough to catch a powder storm that dropped enough snow that I wanted to rent demo skis that were wider.  For me, that meant >6 inches and that it was still snowing in the morning so that even groomers had a few inches of fresh snow.  My home mountain is Massanutten in northern VA and I've skied a few places in PA and the Catskills as well.

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I would bring the skis and only rent demos if there is fresh snow.  Then get her something wide with rocker.  I find super wide skis feel awkward and if it is her first time on a fat ski I would look for something in the 100-112mm range...and light.  Again, if you are skiing in similar conditions to home, which is very possible, no need for wider skis.

 

I love Whitefish - have a great trip!   Staying in town or on the hill?

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Thanks for the replies. She went with the KOA 80. Most days aren't going to be powder days anyway.  I think she will like the skis.  Staying in a condo on the hill in Whitefish.  Really looking forward to it.  Have heard great things about the town and the hill.  Also seems like it doesn't get very crowded which I always look for.  Two years ago went to Big Sky and was amazed how uncrowded it was. Sometimes I go to Vail, Park City etc and the crowds are crazy.  Every time I head a little further such as Big Sky, Taos etc it's been great

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Thanks for the replies. She went with the KOA 80. Most days aren't going to be powder days anyway.  I think she will like the skis.  Staying in a condo on the hill in Whitefish.  Really looking forward to it.  Have heard great things about the town and the hill.  Also seems like it doesn't get very crowded which I always look for.  Two years ago went to Big Sky and was amazed how uncrowded it was. Sometimes I go to Vail, Park City etc and the crowds are crazy.  Every time I head a little further such as Big Sky, Taos etc it's been great

Sounds good.  Definitely worth getting dinner and hanging out in town some.  And yes it is nice to get away from the crowds.

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I have a very old pair of volkl G3s I use for mid atlantic skiing, and take my boots but rent demo skis when traveling.  That way I can get a ski that is better for whatever the conditions are when i get there, and can be changed out to match changes in weather or mood.  

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I've spent most of the season (33/57 days, all at Whitefish) on 82's. So much so that today when I dragged out my wider skis, it took me half the day to get used to them again. She should be fine on the 80's unless a miracle occurs.
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My girlfriend has had Fischer KOA 80's the last two years and loves them.  She is an intermediate to advanced intermediate skier and has improved significantly using these skis.

 

She has skied Telluride, Sun Valley, Mammoth, Snowmass and Big Sky with the KOA 80's in all kinds of conditions.  

 

They are not ideal skis in heavier off piste snow or powder, but she was able to manage in even those conditions.

post #9 of 9

this is very simple: 80 underfoot is perfect for everyday use.

when there is actual powder, it will be much easier and funner if she gets something at 100mm+. Here's the good news: it doesn't matter too much what ski it is, but lighter/simpler will be better for her level. If there's snow, demo something, once she's hooked, buy another pair.

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