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Which ski to buy?

post #1 of 5
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I'm a new skier, just bought boots that I'm trying to break in (Rossignol Xena 10) and now I'm looking into buying my own pair of skis.

I'm on the heavy side for skiing, 5'0, 150lbs (trying to cut down) so I need a little help from the pros deciding which ski to go with.

I've narrowed it down to two choices, which are at the local ski store and the guy also recommended them;

1. Rossignol Bandit B1 w/ Sapphire bindings - 145 cm
2. Atomic Diva B9:6 - 144 cm

So for someone skiing around Lake Tahoe (sugarbowl, etc) which should I go with??

post #2 of 5
Rent demos until you find out what you really like.
post #3 of 5

Be a Diva

That Diva was very popular with all of the ladies groups that I worked with last year. The ski really hasn't changed all that much in the last 3 seasons or so, (waist got skinner, shovel got wider) graphics have improved. The shovel makes turn initiation so easy! It has a slalom ski side cut but it is much, much softer ( but not squirrely ) and the tail is very forgiving for those occasional times that are voluptous hips my trail behind us. Lol. ( To quote a friend we are just good old "sturdier girls"!) The ski was a real confidence builder. Last season it was my most borrowed ski from my quiver-o-demo skis. I use those ( Diva)for my students that are really wanting to start tipping their feet and carving. It will quite comfortably take you through level 7. Some of the the Nordica (fox and the Mint) were pretty popular too. I don't have anything bad to say about the Rossi just not that stoked up on them that's all. I just have 1st hand experience with how well that Diva did for students. After 26 yrs of teaching (level 3 cert.) when I find something that makes life easier for my students I'm not afraid to recommend it. I hope that helps you out a little.
post #4 of 5
P.S. If you want a quick tip on easy boot break in wear them while vacuming your carpet. Put them on with the socks that you will wear when skiing, and buckle them up. ( leave the toe box buckle quite loose for this instep buckle modrerately loose) As you push the vacum cleaner out with your arm, flex your ankles deeply, (Your shins should move forward and downs against the tongues of the boots. This will help to seed your heels into the heel pocket of the boots. Compressing the liner more to the shape of your foot. This is a lot more effective than just walking around the house in them, and will save you break-in time on the hill. It can take 10 or so day's skiing on a boot to get the liner broke in depending on the boot. I recomend getting use to them as much as you can in the preseason. The ski season wil be a whole lot less stressfull and more fun that way.
post #5 of 5
Originally Posted by ebough View Post
Rent demos until you find out what you really like.
As a new skier (assuming you're a completely new skier here) your experience demoing each ski may be dependent on a wide variety of unrelated factors. In addition when your technique is not consistent, it's difficult to judge what is due to your technique and what is due to your skis. At epic we tend to over think everything related to skiing . Also we tend to forget about the cost aspect of skiing.

I would, in this case, suggest making a decision without demoing (if the Diva really is all that Perma-grin says it is, it sounds like a good choice). I don't know much about those women's skis so I can't speak to a model in particular.
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