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Powder skis for a lady

post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
Hi,
In our january ski-trip to Vail only one girl come with us in the search of the Powder Holy Grial. I'm looking for a suitable skis for her, she is an 5'8" - 145 pounds advaced skier but not too used to ski off piste. My first thoughts go to Bandit B3 176cm, I can find a nice price for them here in Europe, but any further advise would be very appreciated.
Saludos
post #2 of 17
For a fatty (i.e. almost a "pure" pow ski) - I have never heard a lady have anything negative to say about K2's Phat Luv's.

J
post #3 of 17
Volkl Aura?
post #4 of 17
The B3W is a great all-around ski for Vail. It will handle groomers, powder & crud. It is an ideal choice for a one ski quiver for Vail. If you're looking for a pure powder ski, though, look into the K2 Phat Luv. It is a true powder ski designed for lighter skiers. It won't be as versital as the B3W but will outshine it in light powder.
post #5 of 17
Rio, thoughts on the Solly Foil?
post #6 of 17
I hated the Foil, personally, but its a very good Rocky Mountain all-around ski for finesse skiers that don't ski at very high speeds. I've skied with some very good skiers that rip up the powder & crud on them. You can't do Scott Schmidt SG turns through windpack on them or tuck the groomers, but if you like to turn they are fine.
post #7 of 17
I'm neither light nor female - but the two skis that jumped to mind when I read the first post were Phat Luv or Aura, depending on style and required versatility. Either one in a 160-something length wpuld likely be about right. I was amused that both surfaced so fast in the next few posts.

The only negative I've heard about the Phat Luv is that the super soft tip (which makes it nice in perfect powder) makes it less predictable than one might desire under more variable snow conditions. On the flip side - while more versatile, I suspect the Aura is a generally more demanding ski. My sense is that either of these skis would ease the transition to true powder more than any flavor of B3. Of course YMMV...
post #8 of 17
First off, is this ski going to be the only ski she takes on the trip? If so, a very wide (90-95mm) powder specific ski makes almost no sense at all. OTH, if she is taking two skis then a fat ski makes plenty of sense.

Why? (1) She has little off trail experience, (2) No matter what ski she buys, she is not going to jump into 2-3 feet of powder and succeed any time soon. (3) It may not snow.

Second, the ski you are considering, (B3) would be an excellent choice as a "one ski quiver" but the length you are considering (176) is far too long. Most of the time, a 176 B3 is an adequate ski for a 180 lb. expert. For a 145# woman that is maybe a L-7 skier, a 160 or (maybe) 168 is all she would need for those all around conditions.

SJ
post #9 of 17
I'll echo Sierra Jim.

If I were making that trip I'd go with something more versatile, like a Volkl AC3 ish, or maybe an Atomic Metron(m10-M9)ish.

I'm really intrigued by the Snoop daddy for a personal reason, but for the Vail groomers, the sweet daddy is another idea.
post #10 of 17
I agree with Jim's ski selection in that if she is bringing two sets, bring an all mountain and powder, other wise stick to an all mountain. BUT. Your friend isn't a "small" girl, and if she is an expert, she can EASILY over power a girls ski. I have a lady friend who is about her size, a little shorter, and she literally snapped a PAIR (as in both skis) of volkl 724 gammas. She skis on unisex skis now, and has never been happier. I'd demo a bunch of skis, go with a bigger girls ski like a 177 or maybe a slightly shorter guys ski.
post #11 of 17
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Originally Posted by SierraJim View Post
First off, is this ski going to be the only ski she takes on the trip?
Yes, only one pair per person (airline restrictions) BTW I think you are right with the length, 174 could be too much. When all of us (12) are sure about which skis will take to Vail, I'll put the list of our european freeride skis

Many thanks, to all
post #12 of 17
rent when you get there, if you get 6" of snow you will need a diff ski then if you get 20", and if you get nothing then she can use what she has and spend the extra on spa and shopping or buying you stuff

also she can try diff skis and see what she likes, not a bunch of nerds online telling and guessing what she might like
post #13 of 17
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also she can try diff skis and see what she likes, not a bunch of nerds online telling and guessing what she might like
I agree with the idea of getting the feel of different skis for different conditions and playing around a bit. That sounds like a bit of fun..............But who U callin a Nerd?:
post #14 of 17
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also she can try diff skis and see what she likes, not a bunch of nerds online telling and guessing what she might like
Wade-A-minit here.............nerd?...............ya'll best not come to Kalifornia or I'll brain ya with my pocket protector.

SJ
post #15 of 17
I have to vote for the K2 Phat Luv, brilliant ski. but, they are actually quite versatile. In fact that's the only ski I'll be on this winter (and I ski every day, all day). I got quite a good time in the Nastar on the Phat Luvs! (The Stockli SCs were in my locker, sulking). OK on ice, although they are a bit of work, and lovely in moguls. Mine are the green and blue ones, which are 90mm underfoot. The later pink ones were a tad fatter.

Remember to get the lady a nice knife for her teeth, too.
post #16 of 17
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Remember to get the lady a nice knife for her teeth, too.
I hope Vail is not the same tale as Argentieres or La Grave, where the locals and scandinavians really push in the queues.
post #17 of 17
You might check out the K2 Nancy. Ladies version of the Seth Vicious. The ladies I know on it love the ski.
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