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Best ski for a middle aged woman.....

post #1 of 17
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I need help buying new skis....Unfortunately I do not have the option of going to a demo day at a resort although I think it would be fun. I am 5'5", 127lbs, 43 year old female. Using the rating guideline found on this site, I am probably a level 6 or 7 skier. I turn quickly and can go fairly fast.... Would like to ski moguls better. I ski at a very small area in the Pacific Northwest where it usually gets icy.... Yesterday I borrowed a friends Salomon X-Screams 700, 170's and loved them skiing on groomed and forgiving snow.
post #2 of 17
The Salomon mentioned, while nice and easy, is not known as being great when it gets icy. A couple of skis in the advanced-expert range that come to mind are the Fischer Vision 50, the Volkl Attiva 5 star. For a slightly less agressive skier, the Fischer Vision 30 is a good one.

There are dozens of nice choices but these are three winners.

You could also consider unisex skis but you probably don't need the additional stiffness.

SJ
post #3 of 17
Pacific Northwest? you don't know what ice is

My 43 y/old wife just demoed (in order of preference)

1. K2 One Luv
2. Dynastar Legend Exclusive Legend
3. Atomic Balance 9
4. (her) Volant Vertex 68's

For you being where you are, I would say the K2 Lotta Luv.
post #4 of 17
per my wife.... 43 is definitely not middle aged. 55 is the new middle aged.

My wife loves her Dynastar Autodrive Speed Sx skis. They can be had on that e..ay site for around $140. new. This was Ski Magazines ski of the year for 2 years running. I even bought myself a pair for ec ice.
post #5 of 17
Try some K2 Burnin' Luvs if you are mostly on smooth snow with occasional forays into soft etc. If you aspire to more off piste, go with the Lotta Luvs as another poster suggested. You are very light so probably don't need a beefy ski.
I have the Phat Luvs and they manage ice, without being brilliant at it. They are fine on groom and hardpack though.
post #6 of 17
Phil's got ie nailed (as usual). At your level, I think the Burnin' Luv would be too much. The Lotta Luv might be OK, but the One Luv is universally enjoyed by ladies of your level (including my wife and her friend Sabrina).
post #7 of 17
If you get the chance, take a look at the Salomon Siam 5 or Siam 7... I have no idea how well they handle on moguls .. but they're really sexy looking skis. Saw a lady with them a few weeks ago and I was blown away by how nice they looked.
post #8 of 17
Middle aged? -- I thought that was 50+ (like me) Ice? -- two weeks ago at Loon in NH the trail walking boss should have been named sliding ice -- as they say ski NE for the ice, the west for snow.

anyway a serious answer -- I'm a 50-something dad -- I ski on Metron XI's and love them.

Quote:
Originally Posted by LBH
I need help buying new skis....Unfortunately I do not have the option of going to a demo day at a resort although I think it would be fun. I am 5'5", 127lbs, 43 year old female. Using the rating guideline found on this site, I am probably a level 6 or 7 skier. I turn quickly and can go fairly fast.... Would like to ski moguls better. I ski at a very small area in the Pacific Northwest where it usually gets icy.... Yesterday I borrowed a friends Salomon X-Screams 700, 170's and loved them skiing on groomed and forgiving snow.
post #9 of 17
Check out the Volkl Attiva line. They have a variety of skis for intermediate and advanced women skiers.
post #10 of 17
LBH,

My wife could be your wife's twin...in terms of age, size, and skiing ability.

I bought her a pair of K2 One Luvs two weeks ago. We skied with friends on her first day with the new boards. One of them, another female cut from the same mold, demo'd the Burnin' Luvs that day. She and my wife switched skis a couple of time to compare.

Without question, my wife like the One Luvs best. She said the Burniin' Luvs felt stiff and less "controlled". She also wants to learn the bumps, so the softer One Luvs will help for that.

FYI,
Matt
post #11 of 17
This is a timely thread as I'm trying to get a list of skis for my wife to look at - it'd be great if she can demo some, but I don't think she'll have a chance in the near future. She's 5'10", 130lbs and a groomed blue skier - maybe a level 6.

The K2 One Luv has got a lot of recommendations, but it seems to be geared towards Advanced skiers (per the K2 site) - wouldn't the True Luv or even the Sweet Luv be a more suitable intermediate ski for a relatively light woman who skis at a very comfortable/relaxed pace on hardpacked/groomed stuff only?

Also, does anyone have experience with the Volkl Attiva S1 or S2? I think the Attiva 5 Star (and probably even the Attiva 4 Star) might be too much ski.

Oh, on size, I'm thinking around 153-156cm should be good at that weight?

Thanks for any further thoughts on these!
post #12 of 17
Try the Dynastar Omecarve 08 in a 155 if you can find it.

Very inexpensive, stable, sturdy and good on ice when sharp. (Using base 1 and side 2 )
post #13 of 17
The Nordica SUV10 SLE and SUV12 SLE are worth a look. Some excellent deals out there on them as well.
post #14 of 17
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Originally Posted by Catul
This is a timely thread as I'm trying to get a list of skis for my wife to look at - it'd be great if she can demo some, but I don't think she'll have a chance in the near future. She's 5'10", 130lbs and a groomed blue skier - maybe a level 6.

The K2 One Luv has got a lot of recommendations, but it seems to be geared towards Advanced skiers (per the K2 site) - wouldn't the True Luv or even the Sweet Luv be a more suitable intermediate ski for a relatively light woman who skis at a very comfortable/relaxed pace on hardpacked/groomed stuff only?

Also, does anyone have experience with the Volkl Attiva S1 or S2? I think the Attiva 5 Star (and probably even the Attiva 4 Star) might be too much ski.

Oh, on size, I'm thinking around 153-156cm should be good at that weight?

Thanks for any further thoughts on these!
If you can find them: 165 Dynastar 3D artist at 165. In canada, they are are sport mart for $150. These have the light flex you want, but also have a plate, and men's mount.

At her height and weight, a softer unisex ski will be fine. I'd go 165 no less than 165, since she is 178 cm tall. The 155 cm skis will probably feel way too short, and she could have a harder time with fore and aft balance.
post #15 of 17
I'm originally from a small NW ski area & have numerous friends that are still skiing at places like Mt. Ashland, Silver Mountain & Willamette Pass. A ski that is real popular with them is the Rossignol B2. I would highly recommend looking at the B2W (the woman's specific version of the B2). It is wide enough to handle NW powder & spring slush, has good edge hold on groomers and is very forgiving for a ski with its level of performance.
post #16 of 17

Rossignol B2W

I've got the B2W's and I really like them. But my knees are shot from osteoarthritis, so I avoid the moguls. Congratulations that you still have cartilage....take good care of your knees. I am also 43 and very fit other than the osteoarthritis.
post #17 of 17
I'd recommend any of the K2 Luvs. The graphics are cool.
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