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Ladies ski recommendations

post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 
A friend of mine is looking to upgrade her skis this coming year. She's a 40yo 110-115lb level 7 skier who is in very good shape (road biker with multiple hundred-mile days per week plus weight training and Tae Kwon Do blue belt). She is a "gentle" skier, preferring to ski for the joy of social time, outdoor time, and sliding down groomed blues. She wants to learn how to ski blue bumps well this year...

She's coming off older, straighter skis, and tried a pair of Gammas last year. Of course, I have some thoughts on skis for her, but would love to hear yours (especially if they might be available at the sales this coming weekend!).

Thanks for any thoughts...
post #2 of 22
Tae kwon do blue belt ?
She should taï chi ski then...
post #3 of 22
Thread Starter 
Thanks so much...
post #4 of 22

Affordable?

Elan S8 W
post #5 of 22
K2 One Luv?
post #6 of 22
Primarily a Colorado skier? A groomer cruiser only, or does she want whole mountain versatility?

Barrettscv
post #7 of 22
Thread Starter 
Primarily Colorado, mostly groomed, powder and/or bumps as they present themselves. She's thinking right now about the K2 One Luv...
post #8 of 22

I little different suggestion

Head Wild Thang (if the name doesn't put her off)
post #9 of 22
What did she think of the Gammas?
post #10 of 22
Thread Starter 
She liked them a lot better than her current (old) skis, but is the type of skier who doesn't think a lot about the equipment. Hence, we were trying to help her find the "best" ski for her at this stage without the rigamarole of demoing. 'Cause she probably wouldn't do that!
post #11 of 22
Consider the new Sollie Siam 10.
post #12 of 22

Gamma Supersports or 380s

My wife liked the Volkl Gamma Supersports and Gamma 380s better than Dynastar Exclusive 10s; they were more confidence inspiring. Also, the Supersports at 154 or 380s at 149 were more stable than the Dynastars, even though the Dynastars were 158s. She's 5'4", 115 and skis groomers, no bumps, no off piste.
post #13 of 22
My wife luvs her K2 Burnin Luvs. She is a pretty casual skier. Doesn't look for challenge. Just loves to cruise around. She says they are super stable through any terrain.
post #14 of 22
Funny tread, with all the 'my wife thinks...'. Where are the women !
Oh, and mine agrees with cbgarrett's one. The burnin' love rocks she says.
post #15 of 22

love my volkl 724 EXS gammas

Last year I came off straight skis and went back to skiing after a really long break. I kept renting the same pair of volkl 724 EXS and finally thought: this is silly, just buy 'em already! I meant to do a bunch of demoing but those skis were kind of like the kitten I couldn't put down at the SPCA last year--he came home too. I don't know which gammas your wife demoed but my 724s are really fun and versatile...plus one day I skied with a young backcountry type punk and we railed moguls and hard pack together then later I heard he'd told someone else: she skis fast! I never really thought of myself as someone who skis fast, so I was pretty tickled, and I think the volkls had a lot to do with it.

You might be able to get them on sale now...don't make me cry by posting the end of summer price! :
post #16 of 22
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Originally Posted by philippeR
Funny tread, with all the 'my wife thinks...'. Where are the women !
Oh, and mine agrees with cbgarrett's one. The burnin' love rocks she says.
I haven't posted because I am bigger than she is, at 5'8", 150 pounds, and a more aggressive skier. So, whatever I like would probably be WRONG for her.
post #17 of 22
My wife has a similar profile (probably lower level) and really likes her K2 True Luv skis.
post #18 of 22

sibhusky...what DO you like?

I'm curious...especially for powder skis! I'm 5'3" and 135lbs--kind of between you and the lady the thread was started about.

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Originally Posted by sibhusky
I haven't posted because I am bigger than she is, at 5'8", 150 pounds, and a more aggressive skier. So, whatever I like would probably be WRONG for her.
post #19 of 22
Maybe you should have her..uhm...whats that word....DEMO????

Nothing from the Balanze line :0.
post #20 of 22
Phil - don't undestand your Balanze comment. I demo'd the B11's last year
and liked them alot. I am 5'8 and 135 -Level 7 or so skier. I have the older Atomic R10W's and they are great skis along with the C9W's for groomers.
I have the K2 Phat Luv's for powder skis and they are fantastic.
I demo'd the Dynastar 11's at the end of last year and plan to get a pair of
those this year.
post #21 of 22
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Originally Posted by kittensinthemist
I'm curious...especially for powder skis! I'm 5'3" and 135lbs--kind of between you and the lady the thread was started about.
I have the K2 Axis XP, they are two seasons old and need to be replaced. The "descendant" of this ski would be the K2 Apache Recon. I ski them in 167cm. I don't know how the Recon differs from the XP. I plan to demo them along with some other skis at the beginning of the season, then put in my order for a well-timed Christmas gift.
post #22 of 22
Thread Starter 
To be clear, this enquiry was for Sabrina, Tim's wife (some of you met my friend Tim at the ESA in Big Sky last year, and his pic is in one of the ESA threads). They wanted to pick up the skis early this season and not wait for demos. Besides, Sabrina didn't really want to demo. Hence, the question.

Thanks, ya'll. They went shopping for One Luvs this weekend. I haven't heard for sure what they got, but think that's what they'll end up buying.
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