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Help needed to choose a ladies ski

post #1 of 20
Thread Starter 
Anyone that can chime in on this one, feel free. Here's the situation:

gf wants to start skiing this year, is pretty athletic but has never been on two sticks before (boarded a few times, I talked her out of that being an option lol)

She's a normal build, 5'4", and i'm guessing will get half decent at skiing by the end of one season. So my question to anyone who has an answer is what ski can I get her that will be forgiving enough as she first begins without being a pushover that she will outgrow quickly? And what length would be ok for her? (i'm over 6'1" so I have nada experience in short skis or what a woman would need)

And for the sake of this, lets keep her on-piste for now. We'll deal with deep once I see she likes it (she better like it dammit)

And yes, she will be taking lessons. I'm not gonna be "that guy" and try to teach her myself!

SO...

shoot ideas out there, people! A ski, a reason for the recommendation, and any opinions on length are all welcomed and appreciated!
post #2 of 20
Some really good deals on Atomic 918s.
post #3 of 20
Nordica Olympia Fox. It's not a beginner ski but it's easy to turn an very forgiving. Put her in 144s.
post #4 of 20
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Originally Posted by hockey View Post
Nordica Olympia Fox. It's not a beginner ski but it's easy to turn an very forgiving. Put her in 144s.
FWIW, There is a difference between the FireFox and the Fox. The Firefox is a great ski but a bit more advanced than she needs for now. A ski that is too advanced may stunt her growth and we don't want that.
First and foremost, I'd get her boots that fit correctly. She can then demo skis and see what is likely to fit her needs.
Usually the price of demo goes toward the price of purchase if you buy from the demo shop.

Skis I'd put on her short list to demo are:
Olympia Fox(not firefox)
Fischer Vision Exhale
Elan Wave Magic

*I'm sure I'll get more ideas as the day goes by, I usually do.
post #5 of 20
I put my wife on k2 burnin luvs..I think 154's..She is about 5"6, normal build. She started skiing alot better right off the bat..Went from greens to blues..Amazing what a decent ski can do for confidence.

Lee
post #6 of 20
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Originally Posted by bwxmas View Post
I put my wife on k2 burnin luvs..I think 154's..She is about 5"6, normal build. She started skiing alot better right off the bat..Went from greens to blues..Amazing what a decent ski can do for confidence.

Lee
That is a good ski with advanced skier possibilities, yet has a speed limit. Good Solid Choice!
post #7 of 20
Dynastar Exclusiv 9 150 cm. 104/67/93. Reasonably forgiving groomer ski, right size, but not a total noodle; she could make some real progress on it.

Peter Keelty's review from www.ts2003.com: "Damp, stable, good top end. Probably best for the majority of sport to advanced groomed snow and sometimes-bumps female skiers."

Reason for recommendation - I have a pair sitting in the basement going unused that my 16 y/o daughter has grown out of. (She's now 5'6" and 120 lbs -- has been on these Dynastars for the past couple of years and it was my idea, not hers, to move her up to something a little wider for more varied terrain).

I'm trying to sell locally at a garage sale this weekend, if not I'll post them here on the gear swap section and will sell and ship with Look bindings for a reasonable price.
post #8 of 20
Echo trek's comments about boots and demoing.

For her shortlist I was going to suggest the dynastar exclusive 8 or possibly 9. I wouldn't have her start from scratch on the 9, but it works if you're thinking to buy after she's got a little bit under her belt.

When I started skiing, I had rentals my first day and at once I realized I was hooked and went out searching for gear. I got the exclusive 8 and used that from my second day on skis, and it worked really well for me.
post #9 of 20

skis for gf

yo,
get the exclusive 8s, see my pm...
post #10 of 20
Thread Starter 
OK I have gotten some great feedback above, so let me ask if I should go with the height rule for her on choosing the length... being that she is 5'4", I was thinking something from 145-150? I personally don't go with those old rules of height determining ski length, but then again, i'm not just starting out either...
post #11 of 20
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Originally Posted by Reddgabe View Post
OK I have gotten some great feedback above, so let me ask if I should go with the height rule for her on choosing the length... being that she is 5'4", I was thinking something from 145-150? I personally don't go with those old rules of height determining ski length, but then again, i'm not just starting out either...
Though Height is a consideration, weight is more important. This could be a touchy area for a Boyfriend to pursue
I'm only 2" taller than she is and I prefer a ski in the 160-170 range. Depending on how she skis and where she skis, she may prefer something in the 150-160's range.

Two things when getting into skis:
Good Fitting Boots first, then demo demo demo!
post #12 of 20
Thread Starter 
Well the boot thing I'll be taking her to do. So no prob there. As for her demo-ing skis, that won't be happening. She wouldn't know the first thing about what she'd like about one over another. She's going to get skis, ski them for her first year or two, and then we'll talk about trying out new and more elaborate equipment. Ok so she weighs around 135-140, maybe a lil less. I'd say the 145-155 range? Is 163 too much for a complete newb?
post #13 of 20
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Ok so she weighs around 135-140, maybe a lil less. I'd say the 145-155 range? Is 163 too much for a complete newb?
163 may not be "too much", but if you're only going to keep them for a year or two, go with the shorter skis for sure. Easier to learn on, and she'll have more fun.
There's so many options out there for beginner skis for women that I wouldn't know where to start to give you recommendations. You can probably find some of last year's models for a good price.
post #14 of 20
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Originally Posted by Lori_K View Post
163 may not be "too much", but if you're only going to keep them for a year or two, go with the shorter skis for sure. Easier to learn on, and she'll have more fun.
There's so many options out there for beginner skis for women that I wouldn't know where to start to give you recommendations. You can probably find some of last year's models for a good price.
What she said^^^^^^^

In comparison, I am 5'6", 125 lbs, and athletic. I learned to ski 20-something years ago, and was accustomed to skiing on 185cm advanced skis, so jumping down to a 160-170 length seemed short to me.

If you're starting her out on these then a high 140-low 150's ski is going to be easier for her.

You are on the right track. Now get thee to the PM box and see what kind of smokin deal sierra jim can give you, on some skis that will make her ><!!

He's da' man!!
post #15 of 20
After a couple of seasons of renting, I bought my wife a pair of Atomic C9 puls, which she has improved with. She loves them.
Not sure if these are still available
post #16 of 20
I'm not quite sure about the OP's intent????

Is it to buy a pr. of skis for her to learn on?
............................OR.................... ..........
Is it to buy a pr. of skis for her to develop skills after she has learned??

If it is the first option....suggesting demoing might be a touch premature.

SJ
post #17 of 20
Bad me, I got my threads mixed up.
This is a beginner. Learning skis.....see I DO make mistakes!
Phil is usually first to point that out
post #18 of 20
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Bad me, I got my threads mixed up.
This is a beginner. Learning skis.....see I DO make mistakes!
Phil is usually first to point that out
Phil said it's my week to watch you.............

SJ
post #19 of 20
Set my GF up with a pair of head XRC 800's,
Used them from low intermediate to passing her CSIA Level 2
post #20 of 20
Thread Starter 
Yeah SJ, it's a first ski. There will be no demo-ing for her. I just want her to have fun. Thats the goal here for now. (and my goal is to do laps while she learns with whomever instructor can keep her smiling)
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