Originally Posted by Redrock510
So I'm not going to lie, I KNOW NOTHING about gear, put skis in front of me and i'll ski on em' that's about it. I am looking into investing in a good..no read GREAT pair of skis and boots. I am a hard skier and I love to push myself. I have had a pair of Blizzard fat boys and heads and atomics...but enough, down to the real problem. I need a pair of fantastic skis. I want something i can push myself on but will respond well on both groomed and pow pow. I am pettiet, i am only about 5'3 and 130 lbs. so i need something i can handle, but don't let this fool you i am a strong hard skier. do you top dogs have any suggestions as to what ski might be best for me? I am taking all suggestions, but please if you have the time add in pros cons or any reasons you think that ski might be for me!!! Cheers Mates!
i tend to shy away from these questions because they tend to be ford vs. chevy pissing matches. i pro rep for nordica and do so because imho they are currently making great stuff. i will add that a lot of other companies also make great skis and boots.
where do you ski and what is your favorite terrain? another important question is where do you falter? what shape turns do you like to make?
make an appointment to go see bob and sue booker at loveland. they will get you into a great pair of boots. they also have a large demo fleet of skis. sue manages what i think is the very best retail shop in colorado in terms of selection, merchandising and most importantly customer service. her husband is the assistant ski school director and is a full cert (level III) alpine and telemark instructor.
you'll find what you need from them. bob will help you with boot fitting and i'm certain will make a few runs on skis with you.
one ski i heartily recommend you try is the nordica olympia victory. i know a couple of folks who have chosen that ski and they love it. with a 74 mm waist and a relatively short turning radius it handles a wide range of duties well.