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Skis for a lower level intermediate

post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 
I'm considering getting some new skis as a gift for my wife

I'm thinking a female specific ski. Maybe one of the deals at Tramdock or other I-net dealers. No worries I can set them up for her. I will also have a shop run them through a binding check.

She hasn't skied the past 2 seasons because she was pregnant and now we have a darling 17 mo Boo-Boo Zoo baby.

She is currently on one of the lower level female specific Rossi skis at 160 cm. I'll post up the name when I get home and look. I forget the name of them!

She is 5'8" and I'm not posting her weight. Sure way to get killed!

She wants to go shorter in ski length.

Thoughts? I know demo...I hate demos. Other thoughts?
post #2 of 18
the head every one is a great ski for a good solid intermediate to less agressive advance skier...very lightweight and LOADS of shape...it can be skied way above the skier its aimed at too, so its not something she'll outgrow anytime soon..its only 72 or 73 mm underfoot though, so depending where you live you might want something a little chunkier

where do you live? does she ski fast?
post #3 of 18
I've said it before - if you only ski once in a while, you should be renting. It takes years to pay off the cost of buying vs renting when you only go a week or so a year. plus you get good quality, new skis every year, and don't have to worry about maintenance or transportation
post #4 of 18
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We live in WV. I ski every chance I get. The past couple years I've only got in 30 something days. That is mostly because we have a 17 mo. old Baby Zoo.

I have skied 33 seasons. I went to high school in Switzerland, there was a lift about 100 meters up the road from school.

Mrs. Zoo had skied once before I met her. I got her up to doing some blue runs, before Baby Zoo.

So, Mrs. Zoo hasn't skied at all the past 2 seasons. Props to her for indulging my ski whim. She went to Jackson and Targhee for spa treatments, elk watching, and Yellowstone snow coach tors, 2 years ago, while I ummm... shoed the gnar?

I know about rentals and demos. Around here you are usually limited to one ski. Those skis usually have the fracus beat out of them.

I would rather purchase her something, let her ski it locally here in WV.

Then, proceed with my evil plan...UT, WY, CO...
post #5 of 18
JZ, Your wife sounds like a candidate for something in the Dynastar Exclusive line, maybe around 152cms.
Did you see this:
http://www.dcski.com/articles/view_article.php?article_id=1128&mode=headlines
Any ski swaps in your neck of the woods? It's an inexpensive way to gear-up an occasional skier.
post #6 of 18
Thread Starter 
Thanks, I'll investigate the Dynastars!

There are some ski swaps. The picking is usually pretty sparse. I would like some ideas on what to look out for. If I have some knowlege about what skis are appropriate, then I can look for a deal.

I will try and get up to Willys and demo some skis (7-Springs, PA).

If I am not careful, she may want to try snowboarding again!

How about the K2 Sweet Luv, or True Luv?
post #7 of 18
Severine, from SkiDiva was in the identical situation that you're wife is in last season. She got the Dynastar Marie Martintod's. They have inspired confidence and skill in her that has really made a difference.
They've been popping up on Tramdock a lot lately.


I'd also suggest the Blizzard Viva G3.
There are many great options out there.
Where do I begin?
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post #8 of 18
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I've been trying to get the Mrs., to join the Diva group.

I was even tempted to join it myself (In drag of course)!

It is kind of tough when your significant other relies on you alone for information. I am always looking at expert level stuff. I have to make a concentrated effort to find her some skis!

I'll keep those in mind TC. Thanks! Give me a heads up, if you see some.
post #9 of 18
I'll definitely keep my eyes open.
Have you seen anything in particular that she is interested in?
post #10 of 18
K2 true luv on tramdock right now for $290
post #11 of 18
Thread Starter 
Close...too long. Want something really easy for her to ski.
post #12 of 18
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Originally Posted by Trekchick View Post
I'll definitely keep my eyes open.
Have you seen anything in particular that she is interested in?
Those Dynastar exclusive 7's are dirt cheap...$99...

Are those any good?

The Maries...twins, right? I was wondering about that. Might be easier for her to smear, skid turns on...Sounds risky...I am a risk taker though...but she is not...

ARGH!
post #13 of 18
I'm not terribly smart about the dynastars, as a whole line. I've demoed a few and know a few friends who have them. I'll dig up the information from the Jeannie thoren night I went to, where I described the skis in their line.
post #14 of 18
Johnny, I don't find info n the Dynastar Exclusive 7, but this is what I posted about the Dynastar line on SkiDiva in a TR of the Jeannie Thoren Experience.
http://www.theskidiva.com/forums/sho...8&postcount=15

The whole TR has some nice information on some things that Dynastar has implemented into their technology to accommodate the female form(nicer than saying wider hips )
http://www.theskidiva.com/forums/showthread.php?t=5162
post #15 of 18
If you don't want to demo, you can't go wrong with the K2 Luv range, they are very forgiving and easy to ski, they would be a good choice, Tru Luv or One Luv.
post #16 of 18
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Originally Posted by Johnnys Zoo View Post
Those Dynastar exclusive 7's are dirt cheap...$99...

Are those any good?
The Exclusive 8's were a low intermediate ski from several years ago. I can only guess that the 7's were targeted toward beginners.
post #17 of 18
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Originally Posted by wbsr View Post
I've said it before - if you only ski once in a while, you should be renting. It takes years to pay off the cost of buying vs renting when you only go a week or so a year. plus you get good quality, new skis every year, and don't have to worry about maintenance or transportation
Do you say this because you believe it, or are you just shilling for the rental store in your sig?

Anyway, the above is crap. You can buy perfectly good used gear for the same price as about four to eight days of rental.
post #18 of 18
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Anyway, the above is crap. You can buy perfectly good used gear for the same price as about four to eight days of rental.
That sounds about right. Buy a pair of clear-out skis from 2008 that has a binding package thrown in and you'll have a pair of skis that pays themselves off in a season or less.
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