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Buying skis for my girlfriend

post #1 of 11
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I would like to get my girlfriend new skis so she can improve and enjoy skiing with me on more challenging terrain. She is 5' 5" and 115lbs, intermediate skier and fairly athletic. Looking for something that can help her improve and that she can ski on for a couple of seasons. I have heard that many women like Volkl's (I ski on G31s), but also see Atomic, Rossi, Head and others with Women's models.
Does she need to demo several pair before choosing, or can I buy something as a X-mas present? What length should I look at? Thanks for any advice.
Fduvall
post #2 of 11
I've heard good things about the Volkl Carver 20/20, The slalom cruiser of Volkl's line of skis that are 20% lighter and 20% less stiff than the men's skis. Intermediate to advanced.

You may also look at Elan's Integra line. I"ve heard they're excellent for lighter women.

The ski should probably be either 160 or 166 cm.
post #3 of 11
Check ou the Salomon Crossmax 8 Pilot W. or K2 T: Nine X according to Skiing Mag this ski was designed by women for women.

The other piece of equipment you need to be concerned about are the boots. If they are not fitted properly, a great ski will be meaningless.

If you can't afford both new skis and boots, buy the boots first ,and do a seasonal ski rental from a ski shop.
post #4 of 11
Look into the Atomic 8.20. It's a good itermediate ski.(very rsposive for that level of ski) That ski in a 160-170 range sounds like it would fit her nicely.
post #5 of 11
My ex has Head skis, which she loves, and had Elans before that, and she really liked those too. She's about the same weight and an expert skier.

I would defintely have her demo. Don't just buy skis for her if you're not 100 percent sure what she wants.
post #6 of 11
<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Steep_Skier:
I would defintely have her demo. Don't just buy skis for her if you're not 100 percent sure what she wants.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

the best advice in the world. a man doesn't know what a woman wants until she tells him. She won't know until she rides them.
post #7 of 11
My ex has Head skis, which she loves, and had Elans before that, and she really liked those too. She's about the same weight and an expert skier.

I would defintely have her demo. Don't just buy skis for her if you're not 100 percent sure what she wants.
post #8 of 11
I agree with the above - DO NOT pick out skis for her.

However if you want something to wrap you could buy the bindings and wrap them up with a nice card that says the skis, once she decides, are included.

As a woman I really like it when a man gets creative and makes something himself (like if you made her a creative gift card telling her about the skis to come).

I once had a boyfriend (once....) that wrapped my presents himself. The were a mess but it was soooooooooooooo cute. He could've had his sisters do it for him but he did it himself. See? I still remember how it made me smile.
post #9 of 11
LOL... haven't any of you rocket scientists ever hear of Gift Certificates?
post #10 of 11
Consider renting from a demo center before you buy. Every major ski area has them, they are normally run by a ski shop in the base area. Try out the list, most often you can try out two pairs a day. In Vail (don't know if they still have it), you can even swap out after each run on the on-mountain demo center. Atomics might be a little hard to get, but maybe i just ran across demo centers which just did not feature them. Anyways... Just my 2 cents.
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<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ December 13, 2001 01:45 PM: Message edited 1 time, by Sugar Snack ]</font>
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