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Skis and boots for my beloved... where to start?

post #1 of 8
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Hi All,

I wish to buy skis and boots for my beloved, and I haven't a clue where to start! : Essentially, she is a noob, and started skiing because I am a total fanatic about it. She definitely really likes it, but has been learning at her own pace. I really want her to enjoy the experience, while having the equipment that will allow her to improve her technique. Stats:

Height: 5ft 4
Weight: 135 lb
Skill level: Type I, primarily greens
Season goals: (a) move up from the greens to be a confident blue skier (b) utilize carving technique and solid fundamentals to use parallel technique.

What kind of skis/boots would be good for someone who wants to learn and improve, while being a beginner? Any particular manufacturer and/or models to consider?

Many thank you's,

post #2 of 8
Not sure where you're at geographically, but hopefully you are in the vicinity of somebody on this list. You will probably hear the same from others, but the most important thing is to get well-fit boots on the feet of your signifigant other. Boots first! Above all else, boots first!

As for skis -- depending on how close you are to a resort, you might want to look into a season-long rental program. Your SO is at a stage where she'll be progressing quite rapidly, and her idea of an "ideal ski length" will (probably) change as she gets more confident. If you do a long-term rental with one of the local shops, then you should be able to do trade-ins, etc. until she finds a length / stiffness / etc. that she's comfortable with.

Just being in her own boots and on the same well-cared for skis will make her learning progession unbelievably easier.
post #3 of 8
Here's what I can tell you from my own experience in this field:
1) she must feel comfortable in her shoes. That means: the right size and snug fit everywhere along the foot. She's the only person who can decide here. The boot doesn't need to be stiff or racy, comfortable is the key.
2) she should feel comfortable with the folks who help her when buying. Use KevinF's tip.
3) when the boots fit, the rest is a matter of choice. Go with the intermediate models or 'girlie' models, not the cheap ones. Skis that fit are rarely too stiff, just remember to avoid going too wide (70mm under foot should be enough).
post #4 of 8
good news...its been done..my wife started skiing"as my girlfriend" in 1997 and now skiis a little below my level"also skied 49 days to my 69 last yr".
But we went to a bootfitter last yr...also i made her take lessons and she was in 2 womens clinics for 3 days to sharpen skills
post #5 of 8
I completely agree with skidbump. You are best off starting with really good lessons and, if possible, properly fitted boots. Good beginner skis are widely available in most rental locations and, once her progress takes off, she will likely develop a preference for a particular ski. Putting money into skis at the outset will likely result in the purchase of equipment that will be of use for a short time, only to be discarded in favor of skis that allow for faster progression of skills.
post #6 of 8
What they said!

Number ONE: Boots, this is paramount. Get a good bootfitter and do it right.
Number TWO: Lessons from a good instructor (where are you located)

At her level, she needs a fairly soft, forgiving ski with decent edge-hold, but you don't need to worry about high-speed performance. It should help her develop. but make her feel comfortable...maybe, Fischer RX4/6, many Dynastar Exclusive 10, perhaps Head XRC 500/800 or a female-specific Head from the "Thang" series.

But no doubt, concentrate on Boots first.
post #7 of 8
Thread Starter 
Hey, thanks everyone for the tips! The point about the skis makes perfect sense, so we went to a ski shop to try various boots this weekend. Most of the fittings were with Technica Attiva boots, with some success!

The immediate question that came to mind, however, was where in the model line to buy the boot. For example, Technica Attiva boots start at M6, M8, M10. They all have a relative flex rating of 60-65, so does that just mean budget-permitting she should go for the highest one, M10? Or perhaps she should go one level higher to M12 w/ relative flex rating of 80? -- Essentially, how stiff of a boot would be optimal?

Also, anyone know the difference between the Attiva M and V series?

Thank you,

PS: She has been taking clinics to learn the basics, and this season she will be taking a lessons series, so she is definitely dedicating effort to learning!
post #8 of 8
I believe the V series is designed for a wider foot than the M series.

The M10 and M12 are both rated for "Intermediate to Advanced", the M8 is rated for "Novice to Intermediate". If she is dedicated and looking to advance, I would go with the 10 or 12.

Check out this chart:


Hope this helps.
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