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Suggestions needed on skis for the Wife..

post #1 of 23
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My wife is entering her 4th year of skiing,
age 49,
height about 5' 6"
weight about 145

She has skied about 80 days in 3 years and has become a reasonably decent skier, she is a turner and an aspiring carver.. but still skids a good % of the time but not always.. she is not at all aggressive and never will be, so speed is not a factor, she will ski some steeps, but no moguls.. and hates powder.. (I tell her she needs a snow shrink)

She started on a K2 First Luv but outgrew that after the 1st year , she has been on Rossi Bandit B1W's for the past 2 years.

she is coming off knee surgery this summer (Non ski related) So I'm not sure if getting her into a ski that is a quicker turner would be the way to go.. but thinking it might be..

I've looked at the Volkl Attiva S5 Titanium which looks like a real nice ski but I don't know if it would be too much ski for her.

I also don't know if she needs a gal specific ski or could maybe get something at the lower end of the Fischer Rx series. I use my RX8's a lot and she is always commenting that she wants to turn like I do on those skis, but that is way too much ski for her.

I've read that it is often better to have a waist under 70mm for someone that is still learning..

Advice appreciated..
post #2 of 23
Sounds like you've got a good handle on things.

I would suggest she demo a few skis.

The Volkl's are good skis, I would also suggest the K2 One Luv, and the Salomon Siam S10 (last years), or Salomon Instinct Fever (08 ski). There are probably some other good choices. Demoing is the way to go though.
post #3 of 23
Why not a Rossi B2W. Check www.sierrasnowboard.com and you can get her that ski in 158 for $199. Sounds like a match made in heaven to me.
post #4 of 23
If she is never going to ski agressive"which i believe is the only way you will become a carver" then look for a ski with out the agressive side cut..Skidding is fine..Its actually fun..

My 2 cents anyway
post #5 of 23

Wifes Skis

Let her demo this year. She knows what she wants much better than you.
post #6 of 23
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Let her demo this year. She knows what she wants much better than you.
Actually, just the opposite is true, she enjoys skiing but has no interest in learning anything about gear, that's my call for her..
post #7 of 23
Hey 'zoo,

I'm an Amateur Snow Shrink - I can help!!!

How long are her B1W's?

And, yes, the Attiva S5 titanium is too much ski for her!! She's "not at all agressive" and "coming off knee surgery"!!! And you want to get her Volkl's top end womens ski?!?!?!

Think again, buddy!!! That's WAY too much ski for her right now!!!

As for "I also don't know if she needs a gal specific ski" - YES!!! She definitely does!!! This goes back to the "she is not at all aggressive and never will be, so speed is not a factor" you mentioned. She doesn't think she can turn "men's skis" so don't EVEN go there!!!

As far as the "I'm not sure if getting her into a ski that is a quicker turner would be the way to go" - NO!!! Isn't she "coming off knee surgery"?!? She doesn't need to be making twice as many turns to get down the mountain right now! She needs a GS sidecut that works well with her method of speed control - skidding!

As for waist size, you want to stay in the low 70's or below. She's got no use for "all mountain" skis, especially the 75-80 mm waist variety! She wants to ski the groomers, get her some groomer cruisers!!

Go for a light, soft, 68-70-ish waist women's ski that's not too turny.

The B1W's should be pretty close to what she needs.

I'm guessing the length of her B1W's is off, AND her boots are a 1/2 size too big!!!

Buy her some shiny new WOMENS's skis - and what she REALLY needs is some CUSTOM FOOT BEDS and some battery powered boot heaters!!! The boot heaters will fill up some of the (excess) room in her boots AND keep her feet warm! You know her hands and feet are always cold!

You're a lucky man! She's gone with you 80 times and it's all been for you!!!!! I hope she finds her own joy on the mountain this year!

How long are her B1W's?

When you get her new skis, keep in mind that the French (her B1W's, for example) mount them in the right place - if you get Austrian or German skis, you probably need to mount them 1" forward of the factory line.

Let me know when you get the equipment sorted out, and, as an Amateur Snow Shrink, I'll be happy to help with her control issues!!!!!
post #8 of 23
Stockli Spirit Ed VII - for a beautiful ride. Depending on her confidence either in 149cm or 157cm. My wife is 5'9" and 130lbs and skis it in 157cm. She is a very good skier techically but is a bit of a timid skier as a result of very considerable vertigo which makes runs appear 3 times steeper than they actually are. a really great ski and at 67mm waist has enough float for the lighter skier in variable conditions (ie powder or crud).
post #9 of 23
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Originally Posted by Pete No. Idaho View Post
Let her demo this year. She knows what she wants much better than you.
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Originally Posted by Skizoo View Post
Actually, just the opposite is true, she enjoys skiing but has no interest in learning anything about gear, that's my call for her..
Huh?:

Demo time is soooooooooooooo much fun!

Don't forget the amazing skis that Nordica and Elan are offering this year.

I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the Nordical Olympia Drive

Intermediate to advance skier with a nice sidecut that will help her get her turns in, but won't hold her back when she has the crud or powder to embrace.
119/74/104

If you can get her to demo, she may really find out that she has a preference. There are so many ski choices out there and every skier has a preference........very personal, IMO!
post #10 of 23
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You're a lucky man! She's gone with you 80 times and it's all been for you!!!!! I hope she finds her own joy on the mountain this year!
Lucky?? YES!! But, I wouldn't say it's all for me, she does enjoy it a lot, but I ski about 2x as often as she does... she's just not into learning the tech stuff about the gear, she knows enough, but she's not going to do the research, when she knows I will.. I enjoy that part of it, she doesn't.

She didn't start skiing until middle age and that is a huge difference from someone who started when they were young, For those of us that have been skiing most of our lives skiing is a way of a life, for those who don't start till middle age, and there aren't that many women who start skiing in their mid 40's and have done it as often as she has, it's entertainment.

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How long are her B1W's?
Her B1W's are 156's and we took care of the boot size issue after her first season as her original boots were too big.. she's got custom foot beds, so she has no issues with her boots..

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Stockli Spirit Ed VII - for a beautiful ride.
Thanks.. this is one I had not considered, but looks like it might be worth a demo if we can find it..
post #11 of 23
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As far as the "I'm not sure if getting her into a ski that is a quicker turner would be the way to go" - NO!!! Isn't she "coming off knee surgery"?!? She doesn't need to be making twice as many turns to get down the mountain right now! She needs a GS sidecut that works well with her method of speed control - skidding!
I guess the way I was looking at this is that she is on a ski that is what.. a 74 waist I believe?? Not big by any stretch, but she makes SL type turns. she is a turner and I don't know I can get her to change her style of skiing, she likes to turn.. and I'm thinking that it might actually be more work and strain on her knee trying to do SL type turns on a 74-76 than it would be on a 66-68, I'm trying to find a ski that would make what she does easier..

We're not going to get rid of the B1W's just looking to to compliment them and give her an option..
post #12 of 23
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I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the Nordical Olympia Drive
Thanks, will put that on the list to look at as well..
post #13 of 23
Another one is the K2 Burnin luv. Same sidecut as the One love and yet, its less flexible. When I skied it, I found it to perform well without being too demanding, yet had a speed limit to it over the unisex skis I normally ski, which would lend to some of the properties you are looking for her.
post #14 of 23
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Originally Posted by Skizoo View Post
Actually, just the opposite is true, she enjoys skiing but has no interest in learning anything about gear, that's my call for her..
I don't think you actually need to worry about all the technical aspects of a ski to know what you like and what you don't like. Hence the demo. Get her out on as many different skis as possible. She undoubtably is going to find one that she will say "WOW I like that one". She won't have any clue to the width or the side cut but it won't matter because she dosn't care and is just having fun. Sometimes we over analyze things. For some us (me included) it is all part of the fun. For your wife she could care less, she just wants to enjoy herself.
post #15 of 23
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For your wife she could care less, she just wants to enjoy herself.
Exactly.. and my list to demo for her is narrowing down.. When she bought the B1W she had demoed about 4 different skis, she chose that one and will choose this one, I just need to come up with some models, I didn't mean to imply that I would pick the ski, just the skis she can choose from..
post #16 of 23
Just curious but why new skis? Is there something she doesn't like about her current ones? If its her skiing she doesn't like then perhaps a series of lessons at your home mountain or a week long clinic someplace fun is in order. Just a thought.
post #17 of 23
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If its her skiing she doesn't like then perhaps a series of lessons at your home mountain or a week long clinic someplace fun is in order. Just a thought.
She's had quite a few private lessons over the past 3 years that have helped her a lot.. and will probably do a couple this year as well.. I'm just not sure that the B1W is the best ski for the way her skiing has evolved, I can't say with 100% certainty that she'll like anything she demos, just trying to give her some options to test and see if there is something that she feels more comfortable on. She is aspiring to be a decent carving front side skier, and she's getting there, I'm just not sure the B1W is necessarily the best choice of ski for her.
post #18 of 23
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Originally Posted by Skizoo View Post
She's had quite a few private lessons over the past 3 years that have helped her a lot.. and will probably do a couple this year as well.. I'm just not sure that the B1W is the best ski for the way her skiing has evolved, I can't say with 100% certainty that she'll like anything she demos, just trying to give her some options to test and see if there is something that she feels more comfortable on. She is aspiring to be a decent carving front side skier, and she's getting there, I'm just not sure the B1W is necessarily the best choice of ski for her.
Out of curiosity, do you ski Rossi's too?
post #19 of 23
Reality check..............

It is August and now you are talking about demoing. That's all good but most of the suggestions you have been getting are for '06-'07 stuff that is on sale now. If you want a closeout, your choices will be limited by the time you will likely get a chance to demo (mid-late Nov. if you are lucky) You also have to consider that when you get out there to demo the '06-'07 skis will mostly not be available to try. (some are the same as the '07-'08 but this throws another variable into the mix.

So....what do you want to do??

Buy now while stuff is discounted?? if that's the case, obviously you can forget about the demo program.

Does she want to demo? (not you...her) If so, concentrate on '07-'08 models. Make a short list, find one she likes then see if the same ski is still around from '07. If so great...if not oh well...you pay the freight for the new model. (or wait until March-April when those go on sale and start the whole process over again.)

SJ
post #20 of 23
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Out of curiosity, do you ski Rossi's too?
I have a pair of B1's and a B3's, though I don't use them too often nowadays..

when we bought the B1's, she had also demoed K2, Dynastar, and a Pair of Heads, don't remember which models..
post #21 of 23
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It is August and now you are talking about demoing. That's all good but most of the suggestions you have been geeting are for '06-'07 stuff that is on sale now. If you want a closeout, your choices will be limited by the time you will likely get a chance to demo (mid-late Nov. if you are lucky) You also have to consider that when you get out there to demo the '06-'07 skis will mostly not be available to try. (some are the same as the '07-'08 but this throws another variable into the mix.
Good points SJ, you are 100% correct, We'll probably go with an 07-08 model and just wait to demo, She does want to demo and frankly I really don't want to waste money unless she is comfortable with a ski, so buying a closeout for her would not be the way to go at this point..
post #22 of 23
Good plan:

Here are a few tips.

Ignore expert skiers that say intermediate skis are crap.....they aren't
Look in the range of maybe $599 or a bit more for ski/binding systems ('07-'08 prices)
Don't get caught up by waist width. The range of 68-74 or so will be fine.
Within reasonable limits.....don't pooh-pooh a cosmetic preference. (Let her be a girl)
Don't get terribly caught up by brand.

Have fun

SJ
post #23 of 23
Skizoo,

Your wife sounds eerily like mine. Intermediate groomer skier, slimish, and athletic, 42 yrs old. My wife is had a skiing induced ACL tear three years ago. When she got back on skis we fixed her boot issues with a pair of custom fit Krypton's. She was still hating her Rossi B1w's however. I decided to butt out and turned her over to a good VT ski shop. Her main concerns was the lack of edge hold on the B1's. She demoed a few pairs of skis then the shop put her on men's Metron10's. She demoed them and LOVED them. They gave her confidence. By the end of the year she was in small bumps and even some moderate tree runs. My point is to encourage her to demo even if she says she does not want to. She will not find the ski that makes her truly happy until she stands on it.
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