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If I can find cheap skis for my girlfriend I could ski more!! help me!

post #1 of 19
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I really need to get my GF to ski more often and I think getting her some gear would be a good place to start because renting is a pain the a$$. I want to find something cheap on ebay but don't even know where to start. She skied a bit when she was younger and actually isn't too bad, but doesn't like it much... i am trying to change that!

What would be a decent intermediate ski from 2-4 years back I could search for? I would want something that would be suitable if she kept skiing and improved, so nothing too low end.

What length would would be best, she is 5'6"? I was thinking 160ish?

Thanks!
post #2 of 19
k2 t-nines spire are a good intermiatete ski my wife is a upper int skier and its working out well she is 5'8" 135 and skiing on a 160
post #3 of 19

New Skis

The Atomic C9w would be an excellent choice. They're going for about $300 with bindings on EBay.
post #4 of 19
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the ideas guys! Any thoughts ont the Atomic 9.22? They seem to be going cheap on eBay.
post #5 of 19
The 922 is a great ski , but more oriented towards soft snow than hard .
post #6 of 19
Check sportmart, dynastar exclusive 9 @ 150 cm with Nova 9 bindings $299.97. That'll be about 6" below the top of her head, about right for a carver I'd say. IMO, shorter and turnier will be more fun than longer and straighter running.

Forget the atomic. It's turn radius is too big => no fun.
post #7 of 19
How cheap is cheap??
post #8 of 19
I have some K2 T-nine echos (153cm) that I'm looking to sell w/ Marker m900s. PM me if interested.
post #9 of 19
Quote:
Originally Posted by kestner9
I really need to get my GF to ski more often and I think getting her some gear would be a good place to start because renting is a pain the a$$. I want to find something cheap on ebay but don't even know where to start. She skied a bit when she was younger and actually isn't too bad, but doesn't like it much... i am trying to change that!

What would be a decent intermediate ski from 2-4 years back I could search for? I would want something that would be suitable if she kept skiing and improved, so nothing too low end.

What length would would be best, she is 5'6"? I was thinking 160ish?

Thanks!
What sorts of trails does she like? Does she like going fast? Also are you skiing west or east?

My girl friend just got the dynastar exclusive carve's and loves them. They are a great ski. I was going to reccomend the 9.22 as well. They are selling for really cheap on the bay and you conprobably find a decent one. Other than that any decent carver will probably be fine. If its in good condition you know it hasn't been skied much. As for used... get a unisex rahter than womens olny since most of the older woemens skis are pretty poor from what I have heard.
post #10 of 19
Does she have boots? What about boots? That can run into money. but is way mor eimportnat than the skis. :
post #11 of 19
you have a lot to learn about women, about skiing, and about relationships if you think all you need to do is "get her to ski more often."

I'll bet your relationship won't last long.

Quote:
Originally Posted by kestner9
I really need to get my GF to ski more often and I think getting her some gear would be a good place to start because renting is a pain the a$$. I want to find something cheap on ebay but don't even know where to start. She skied a bit when she was younger and actually isn't too bad, but doesn't like it much... i am trying to change that!

What would be a decent intermediate ski from 2-4 years back I could search for? I would want something that would be suitable if she kept skiing and improved, so nothing too low end.

What length would would be best, she is 5'6"? I was thinking 160ish?

Thanks!
post #12 of 19
i see the problem...me and my wife skied 45 days together last year and will get almost 60 this year...she loves the cold and she see's it as quality time together..i spend more time together with my wife in the winter skiing than most couples in a year"big brownie points" ...but she enjoys it ..make sure you get her up to speed,take lessons and do not try to teach her your self, dont ever make her ski over her ability...sign her up for lessons if you want to ski by yourself for an hour or so... but dont abandond her on the mountain to go play in the snow unless she stresses its ok
post #13 of 19
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by gonzostrike
you have a lot to learn about
Based on your other posts I have read I don't think I need any advice from you about how to deal with interpersonal relationships, or skiing for that matter.
post #14 of 19
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by andrewschirmer
I have some K2 T-nine echos (153cm) that I'm looking to sell w/ Marker m900s. PM me if interested.
I will drop you a PM

Thanks for the replies guys.
post #15 of 19
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Quote:
Originally Posted by TerpSKI
How cheap is cheap??
Pretty cheap She may not use them that often!

Just clarify, they will be used exclusively in east coast conditions. I really just want something that is a step up from crappy rentals, but it would be nice to have something a little better than that if she takes to skiing again.

About boots- I do agree that are the first buy. I am already in the process of getting her a pair...
post #16 of 19
I'm in your boat, kestner9.

I first got my wife some good boots, end of season sale so they weren't ridiculously expensive and then waited for the ski swaps to get her sticks. She's on some rental fleet Head Big Easy's that we got for <$100 with bindings and, as a bonus, she loves the skis. The rentals actually aren't that bad once a)They're her skis and b) they get a good tune on them that's consistent.
Takes a lot of pressure off when we go every Sat together and she takes a 1/2 day lesson (ulterior motive - I get 1/2 day to ski what I want). We then ski a few runs together in the PM and then grab dinner somewhere decent before heading home. I then get Sunday and any weekday to head out without any guilt trips.
post #17 of 19
Here's an obscur ski that will turn like dream. Made by Atomic, sells for less because of the Dynamic label. From a very good ebay store. Not for powder.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll... 623&tc=photo
post #18 of 19
Check sportsliquidator.com -- in Canada, free shipping over $50, and they had a lot of ski/binding packages for beginners/intermediates.

Also, re: ski length -- consider your girlfriend's weight (not asking you to post it :-) ) and general athleticism. Bigger + stronger/aggressive = longer ski, maybe 165. Smaller + finesse-oriented = shorter ski, maybe 150-160.

-Karl
post #19 of 19
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by El Chupacabra

Also, re: ski length -- consider your girlfriend's weight (not asking you to post it :-) ) and general athleticism. Bigger + stronger/aggressive = longer ski, maybe 165. Smaller + finesse-oriented = shorter ski, maybe 150-160.

-Karl
Haha, she is pretty big, like deuce, deuce and a half Last I heard she weighed sub 120 so I guess shorter is better. She is fairly athletic though so I guess I am going to look around 160.
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