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Skis for intermediate female?

post #1 of 20
Thread Starter 
A female friend of mine if looking to buy some new skis, and I told her I could hop on here and try to find something for her. She is not huge into skiing and will probably not be demoing skis (which I suggested of course) so I was wondering if anyone could point me in the right direction.

She is an intermediate (does blacks just fine), used to ski alot in high school and has only gone a couple times in the past 6 years. Her skis are 10 year old Rossi's. Shes about 5'5" 140-150 lb, east coast only skier. Groomed blues and blacks 99% of the time, with the occasional hop into the moguls. Basically looking for something soft with ice grip.

Any ideas?
post #2 of 20
My cousin skis the Elan Ripsticks in a 170 and she is very similar to your friend's description. She splits her time on groomed runs and moguls, mostly out in the Stowe area. There is a deal for them at ski-depot.com for 399, w/ bindings, shipped.

It is a ski that will have good grip on the ice and groomers, and is not too fat that it will get tossed around in the moguls. It has (so I hear) good edge hold, and might not be the best mogul ski, but it is supposed to be excellent for groomers.

hope that helps.
post #3 of 20

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There are MANY skis that fit the bill. I guess you just need to figure out what style ski she would be happy withand at what length.

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post #4 of 20
Well I'd suggest getting her a pair of K2 T9 True Luvs... good intermediate/advanced ski that can handle whatever. soft enough, but not too soft to do well in ice even.

I have these a really enjoy them. But her results may vary. It all depends on exactly what is most important to her skiing enjoyment. I'm suggesting an all-mountain ski since it seems like she wants a bit of everything.
post #5 of 20
I've heard great things about the Volkl attiva AC2.
I haven't been on it but hear good things from women in my circle.
post #6 of 20
I will be a broken record here...Boots first. Get her fitted in boots. A good fitting boot will make an average ski good and a good ski better. Starting in the fall, find a good shop and get some proper fitting boots for her.

Of course, if you haven't done that already.

As far as the skis...

As mentioned the AC2 and K2 luv's, The One Luv is softer with a good ice hold.
post #7 of 20
Head i.XRC 800 @ 163
post #8 of 20
Quote:
Originally Posted by trekchick
I've heard great things about the Volkl attiva AC2.
I haven't been on it but hear good things from women in my circle.
The Volkl Attiva line has many intermediate skis and some great skis for great women skiers too . I have seen women on Attiva 5 stars that were excellent skiers. Check the link for the Attiva line and the proper ski Völkl International
post #9 of 20
Quote:
Originally Posted by GarryZ
The Volkl Attiva line has many intermediate skis and some great skis for great women skiers too . I have seen women on Attiva 5 stars that were excellent skiers. Check the link for the Attiva line and the proper ski Völkl International
I actually had a set of volkl 5Stars(not attiva) 161cm. Loved them!
Now........what do I try for the coming season? Hmmmmm.
post #10 of 20
Quote:
Originally Posted by trekchick
I actually had a set of volkl 5Stars(not attiva) 161cm. Loved them!
Now........what do I try for the coming season? Hmmmmm.
hmmmm A smooth mover on the Aura would be cool.

What about those Snoops?
To bad we can't have places to demo skis like you can golf clubs. Wouldn't that be awesome?
Not very many indoor ski hills.Tough with all those skis banging around in your brain, huh. TC?
post #11 of 20
My humble 2 cents...

Number one - What Phil said about the boots!!!

Then - it's super important that she demo first. In many cases, the intermediate skier is most affected by a bad 'fit' between skier and boots/skis. If it doesn't work easily for them, they're less likely to enjoy and ultimately love the sport. Better skiers can more easily adjust technique to compensate for quirks in their equipment choices, while intermediates tend to be frightened or frustrated by any equipment unpredictabilities.

Making sure that she gets the right equipment for her technique, style, and ability now may help her become a dedicated skier later.

That said, the Volkl 5* 150-160cm or even the P60 or Racetiger SL jr in 150cm (the adult version is 155cm) may be good choices for her. I know several intermediate-low advanced women on the P60 jr who just love its tenacious grip and soft but snappy ride.
post #12 of 20
Volklgirl, are you sure about the racetiger or p60 for an intermediate?
I think the P50 is a good option, but I think the P60 is a bit more demanding. I know the race tiger is more demanding. But then, you know your race skis a lot better than I do. I'm more of an all mountain ski girl.
post #13 of 20
Sometimes "something soft" and "ice grip" don't come together in the same pair of skis. Although you may feel that a softer ski will be easier to use, a stiffer ski will be a confidence builder because it is a more stable platform.
post #14 of 20
After doing much research I was set to buy a pair of Head Fastthangs for my daughter. We live in the East. Had we lived in the west I would have been looking at the Wildthang. We ended up with a deal on a left-over Volkl Porsches.
post #15 of 20
Quote:
Originally Posted by trekchick
Volklgirl, are you sure about the racetiger or p60 for an intermediate?
I think the P50 is a good option, but I think the P60 is a bit more demanding. I know the race tiger is more demanding. But then, you know your race skis a lot better than I do. I'm more of an all mountain ski girl.
Just my experiences:

My Mom (61yrs old, 145+/- lbs, skis mostly blues and easy blacks at meandering speeds) and 2 of her friends ski on the P60 Jr after much demoing. Another friend who races with us (slowly but gamely ) tried my Mom's and fell madly in love with them, as well.

I'm certainly NOT recommending the adult version, only the JUNIOR! it really is a spunky but not scary ski. I was thinking though, with said skier's previous skiing background, that it would be a good choice. JMHO.
post #16 of 20
Thread Starter 
This girl loves her old Rossi's and wants to look into them again. I told her it seems if Rossi has fallen off the map with skis. Nevertheless, are there any good Rossi skis out there for this particular skier scenario?
post #17 of 20
For Rossi you'd probably be looking at a Zenith Z1, perhaps a Z5 (both in women's model). They ride really nicely on-piste from medium to higher speeds, and will hold their own when taken off into the bumps. (Sort of a 70 on-piste/30 off piste)

On the side would be Rossi Bandit B1W's, maybe B2W's. More to the all mountain side of things, but still carve really well. Don't feel like traditional carving skis, and I find they perform really well with more laid-back, less agressive skiing on the groomers. The Bandits are strongest off-piste, basically 60 off-piste / 40 on-piste type of ski.

If she's set on Rossi I'd say those are the best choices, if she's going to be agressive then she'll love the Zenith's, and if she wants a true do it all ski the Bandits will work well.
post #18 of 20
I was deciding between the K2 True Luv and Volkl Attiva AC2 last year. I ended up with the True Luv and really enjoy them - skied Stowe and out West last season and they performed great in the given conditions (powder, groomers, ice). I did have boots for a few years before committing to buy skis so I'd make sure to get those first as others have said.
post #19 of 20
I agree with Singel regarding the Zenith or Bandit W series if she likes the Rossi feel. The Zs love to turn (short to medium radius) and I would advise the Z5 at least (I have seen female skiers progress very quickly on the Z9 as well, though it is a bit stiffer). My wife made huge progress on the B2W last season. The B2 is, I think, quite a bit lighter than the Z series skis. Either way, if she is set on Rossis, both skis are really good.
post #20 of 20
Quote:
Originally Posted by volklgirl
My humble 2 cents...

Number one - What Phil said about the boots!!!

Then - it's super important that she demo first. In many cases, the intermediate skier is most affected by a bad 'fit' between skier and boots/skis. If it doesn't work easily for them, they're less likely to enjoy and ultimately love the sport. Better skiers can more easily adjust technique to compensate for quirks in their equipment choices, while intermediates tend to be frightened or frustrated by any equipment unpredictabilities.

Making sure that she gets the right equipment for her technique, style, and ability now may help her become a dedicated skier later.

That said, the Volkl 5* 150-160cm or even the P60 or Racetiger SL jr in 150cm (the adult version is 155cm) may be good choices for her. I know several intermediate-low advanced women on the P60 jr who just love its tenacious grip and soft but snappy ride.
Agree when I was an intermediate I found a boot upgrade followed by a ski upgrade to be the correct gear upgrade sequence. I bought the best
fitting boots on the market which happened to be semi race and my choice of ski was GS Race as I wanted good edge hold on ice although I had no intention of racing. I have a pair of P60 SL 155cm and they are good on the groomed but not as comfortable as GS for all terrain skiing.
A good all terrain ski that can handle bumps that I ski on is a Public Enemy
Twin Tip 169cm which are much cheaper than race skis.
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