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post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 
I'm looking for new skis for the season...Just started my search and I's not easy to decide.
About me:
5'7, 140, women - expert, ski mostly in Utah and California, current ski: Salomon 1080 (now I don't really need twin tip skis).

I ski mostly off-piste, love moguls and fresh snow. So, here is the question what ski is best for me?
I demo some Heads (Monster - like it) from last year, I'm going to try Volki AC50 and maybe Elan Free Spice, Volki Bridge...I like to have skis with 85 - 95 mm in the waist, but also possible to ski on groomed (so big mountain skis are out).

I'm not big on twin tips anymore, just like to enjoy fast, stable ski that is not too stiff for moguls. Also people who know my style, say that I don't really need to have women specific skis (I'm aggressive when it comes to skiing :).

I understand that is hard to combine every characteristic in one pair of ski, but I'm sure you guys have some good recommendation.

many thanks,
m.
post #2 of 10
Thread Starter 
ok, so after doing tons of online reading, visiting ski shops I think I'm down to 2 skis:

Volkl AC50 and Atomic Crimson Ti.
They are very similar with Atomic being lighter I think it would be better for me. I look for lenght around 168cm. Hopefully they as good as they tell :)

any advice?
post #3 of 10
Those are 2 skies I've seen recommended to 170+ guys. You should seriously consider if they may not be too stiff for you.
I'd recommend something a tad softer like a Sultan 85.
post #4 of 10
Welcome,
You will get a lot of opinions, about as many as there are members on this site.
I would strongly recommend demoing the AC-50,before buying, as it is a very powerful ski for someone 5''7", weighing 140#s. A better choice in Volkls line might be the Attiva(women's series) Aurora similar waist with a wider tip. Again demo first with these skis. I have some friends skiing the Elan Free Spice and really like it. I'm not real familiar with Elan's line.
I am a lighter weight male skier and find ski choice for lighter skiers to be even more critical than before.
Skis you might want to look at would be the Dynastar Legend(women's series) Exclusive Powder( replaced by the Eden for 2010), a little different type ski would also be the Salomon Lady;the Fischer Watea 84; also the Scott Mission is also great. Any probably in 160-170 cm.I believe that sierraski.com(sierrasnowboard.com), evogear.com, and O2gearshop.com, all have some of last years versions of these skis on sale.
Look at their "outlet" sites in addition to in-line
There are a lot of good skis from last year, on sale.
post #5 of 10
Thread Starter 
great responses everyone!
I decided to go to Squaw sometime this week and demo recommended skis...That's probably the best thing to do. Hopefully I will find my ski before the trip to Utah.
they have Atomics, Volkls, Nordicas, Salomons, Heads and Dynastars, so I'm pretty sure I will have fun!

thanks a lot and "see" you guys around!
post #6 of 10

Essel - the Head Monster 88 were the best skis of the last 10 yrs.  They stopped making them last year & the Peak 88 is not a substitute.  However, the 2009 model is still available at good price. I'd recommend the 163's (hope that number is right) for you.  It is a most versatile ski & I doubt you'll regret the choice.  Sure they're twin tipped, but this is not what they're about & I found it handy when backing out of trees.

post #7 of 10
Thread Starter 
So I ended up going to Squaw and trying few skis. I'm so glad I did it. One day trip but it was worth it. Unfortunately conditions were not what I want it for testing, but good enough to get the idea:

-- Atomic, Crimsons Ti, 169cm -- very stiff ski, great on high speeds, but hard to make quick turns, heavy...
-- Head, Peak 88, 169 cm -- great ski, like to be pushed and will reward for it ;) went easily through crude snow.
-- Blizzard, Magnum 8.7, 167 cm -- surprisingly good, I didn't expected quick response and good feeling on steep runs.
-- Line Prophet 90, 165 cm -- good overall ski, playful and energetic, holds its edge on long fast turns, bumps ok.
-- Rossignol Phantom 87, 162 cm -- at the beginning I got the weird feeling, something wasn't right...but I fell for this skis... I was having a lot of fun and still feel secure on high speeds. Soft enough to perform well on moguls, very responsive and forgives small mistakes.
-- Rossignol Phantom 87, 170 cm -- this is the ski. Much better feeling than the 162...

So at the end of the day I was happy with my choices. It confirmed that I like aggressive but not too stiff ski. Today I visited few stores and it seems like the Phantom is nowhere to find (and a little pricey). I think I'll go with one of the Line: Prophet 90, 165 cm  or Celebrity 165 cm (women specific), the graphics are not so attractive to me .
Here is the question: they both are identical (sidecut, 125/90/113 millimeter, etc.) but since the celebrity are made from different material and as a result are lighter (~ 800 grams), should I go with it or no? The different in price is $100, where the men's prophet are cheaper. Me: Women, 173 cm, 140 pounds, agressive expert skier.

Any comments?
post #8 of 10
If you liked the Phantom the best of all then that's the ski you should get. If you can't find the Phantom, then the Sultan 85 is the same construction and flex with a minute 1mm difference in dimensions. The Sultan 85 is very easy to find. Many highly intelligent dealers carry the Sultan including of course the world famous Start Haus in Truckee.

The Celebrity is not the same ski as the Prophet 90.

SJ
post #9 of 10
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Originally Posted by Kootenay View Post

Essel - the Head Monster 88 were the best skis of the last 10 yrs.  They stopped making them last year & the Peak 88 is not a substitute.  However, the 2009 model is still available at good price. I'd recommend the 163's (hope that number is right) for you.  It is a most versatile ski & I doubt you'll regret the choice.  Sure they're twin tipped, but this is not what they're about & I found it handy when backing out of trees.


Don't count out Head 88's.
Please read:
http://www.epicski.com/forum/thread/89353/head-peak-88-2010-replacement-for-the-monster-88

Jon
post #10 of 10
hi i had done ski that was my first time exciting and difficult that was in asia hadnt ski in a cold area and snowy ....i just brought light things and not much
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