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my wife's 1st pair of ski's

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
hi all.
am after a few opinions please. My wife is 5'4'' and about 120lbs.
she is still learning and at the stage where she can do blue runs pretty well. She is still skidding but occassionaly throws in a carve.
Her hire skis have been 140cm. I'm looking at getting her her own skis now. (she does have her own boots)
I'm looking at:
K2 omni sport in a 146 / 153
rossi cut stage 2 140/150cm
salomon verse 7 or verse 5 in a 150cm
rossi rebel 150cm

any opinions would be greatly appreciated..
cheers, rod
post #2 of 16
If any of your local areas have a ski shop at the hill I would just contact them and see if they have any skis for demo. Once she tries out 2-3 different beginner / intermediate models she can then know what she wants to stick with for the near term and buy.
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post #4 of 16
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Originally Posted by Worker View Post
The Rossi PassionIII:
I am not a rossi fan, because I find their skis to be somewhat uninspiring.
However, I have demo'd this ski and.............this particular ski does have a damp feel to it that will lend to a stable feeling to someone of your wifes ability, and yet its enough of an advanced ski that it could take her to her next level of skiing without having to purchase another pair of skis for a few years.

Definitely worth a look

Most of my beginner/intermediate ski testing has been in the K2 and Volkl line.

I wouldn't hesitate to put her on the Volkl Attiva AC2. Not sure about the K2 Omni sport
post #5 of 16
Take a look at the Dynastar Exclusive 8, 9, and Carve on sierrasnowboard site.
post #6 of 16
The Salomon Verse is a very soft twisty ski. She can ski on it but not carve and definitely not get any grip if the snow is beyond mush.
post #7 of 16
MJB:

You have some very good suggestions already. From your list, I'd say the skis are all ok for the beginner/low intermediate level. (I would class her as a low intermediate from your description).

I can tell you that the Rossi Passion III is a way better ski than say the K2 Tru-Luv. Also the Exclusive 9 or Carve as suggested are both a good call.

For a skier of this level, demoing is not only unecessary, it might possibly even be detrimental and surely a waste of money.

The thing to remember about this level skier is that easy and compliant without being wimpy are the best call. Don't worry about challenging her with equipment....she has enough challenges as it is.

SJ
post #8 of 16
Thread Starter 
thanks so much to all for the good advice.
I will look further to your suggestions.
Keep smiling, cheers, Rod
post #9 of 16
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Originally Posted by rodeddy View Post
thanks so much to all for the good advice.
I will look further to your suggestions.
I suspect our hands are a bit tied; we don't know what else is on Australian Ebay?
post #10 of 16
Very simple -

http://dynastar.com/product.php?actu...nt=3&pl_next=0

Tell her - "Go big or go home". She could take forever with some of these recommendations.

Worked for me. Mine now goes big with me.
post #11 of 16
The ski that received rave reviews from a vast majority of intermediate women who we put on them was the Elan White Perla. Its probably the cheapest ski on the market with a truly integrated binding system (Elan's got the best on out there in the Fusion IMO), its got a little extra girth to inspire confidence, and the shape (nearly symmetrical with a big tip and tail) will encourage skill progression without the speed that turns some intermediates off. Going rate was around $430 (w/ bindings) in season last year, probably around $350 now if you can find last year's model.
post #12 of 16
Thread Starter 
not much here. looking at buying from your side of the world. Aus dollar doing ok so even with shipping, deals can be pretty good.
cheers, rod

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I suspect our hands are a bit tied; we don't know what else is on Australian Ebay?
post #13 of 16
Here is a good deal you can't go wrong on. Put these skis on edge and they do all the work for you. They pretty much ski themselves.
Volk 5 Stars - 154cm -for under $500
If she don't like them, no worries, these skis have high resale value.
post #14 of 16
I'll second the Dynastar Exclusives that have been mentioned. My girlfriend learned to ski on her Exclusive 10's and still skis on them when the conditions get rough. They are on easy ski that will carve, has great edgehold for the level of ski that it is, and releases from a turn incredibly easily due to the narrow tail design. It is a great learning ski.
Later
GREG
post #15 of 16
you guys are just jealous...

because you don't have a wife like Ty...
post #16 of 16

Not mentioned yet

If you're still on a budget, Head Cseries (e.g. 220), Big Easies, lower iXRC (500) can be real value for the buck.
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