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Sizing a powder ski for my girlfriend

post #1 of 11
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Hey Everyone, 

 

I am looking to buy my girlfriend the rossi voodoo pro bc110.  She is a strong skier that ski's the entire mountain out west comfortably (double black hike-to terrain included) but doesn't quite "charge" (speed-wise) like a true expert might.  I think its time she gets a more advanced ski for deep powder days and crud that will boost her confidence more.  She is 26 y.o. 5'5" 140lbs and currently skiing on 158 dynastar legends that have a 75mm waste. I can get them discounted at a 159 length.  Does that seem right? Thanks in advance for your help. 

post #2 of 11

They ski very short, the 159cm length won't help her feel more comfortable skiing faster in cut-up snow. They will make powder skiing 'easier' in the way a snowblade makes groomers 'easier'.

 

her height and weight would put her smack-dab in the sweet spot for the 166cm.

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Thanks for the help.  I realize the rocker will make it feel shorter but I guess what I'm asking is if the 159 will be beneficial and she'll enjoy them or if they'll ski so short she wont have fun on them because they will feel like snow blades?

 

The one thing I failed to mention is her skiing style is somewhat dated (mine has only changed a bit in the past year).  People used to make a lot of turns on steep terrain and it is more common to see people making larger GS turns regardless of what bumps are beneath them.  She tends to make a lot of turns without really picking up speed on big GS turns off-piste.

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Thanks for the help.  I realize the rocker will make it feel shorter but I guess what I'm asking is if the 159 will be beneficial and she'll enjoy them or if they'll ski so short she wont have fun on them because they will feel like snow blades?

 

The one thing I failed to mention is her skiing style is somewhat dated (mine has only changed a bit in the past year).  People used to make a lot of turns on steep terrain and it is more common to see people making larger GS turns regardless of what bumps are beneath them.  She tends to make a lot of turns without really picking up speed on big GS turns off-piste.

 

buy here the 176.....

 

shell open up her turns quite a bit:P.
 

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Originally Posted by drewski180 View Post

Thanks for the help.  I realize the rocker will make it feel shorter but I guess what I'm asking is if the 159 will be beneficial and she'll enjoy them or if they'll ski so short she wont have fun on them because they will feel like snow blades?

 

The one thing I failed to mention is her skiing style is somewhat dated (mine has only changed a bit in the past year).  People used to make a lot of turns on steep terrain and it is more common to see people making larger GS turns regardless of what bumps are beneath them.  She tends to make a lot of turns without really picking up speed on big GS turns off-piste.

 

Yes, they will feel like snow blades. Don't do it.

 

I have a friend who skis a lot like that -- she's a phenomenal skier, one of the best I've skied with. She is also about that size (and her everyday ski is somewhere around 158-160), and was demoing these skis last spring. I thought she'd like the 176, as it skis so short, but she preferred the 166. (In fact, she bought a pair.) So I think with that skiing style, 166 will be fine. But not the 159.

 

They are definitely hard to find at that size -- except brand new -- though.

post #6 of 11
Thread Starter 

thanks again.

 

Yea, I've decided to avoid the 159.  She'll just have to wait...  Fortunately for her she doesn't need them till mid-december anyway. 

post #7 of 11

My sis is about 5'2" and tiny and skis 172 Czars in powder. Don't go to short for powder skis, especially if they have any rocker.

post #8 of 11

get her a 180 pontoon and if she likes riding them you should probably marry her.

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Yes, they will feel like snow blades. Don't do it.

 

I have a friend who skis a lot like that -- she's a phenomenal skier, one of the best I've skied with. She is also about that size (and her everyday ski is somewhere around 158-160), and was demoing these skis last spring. I thought she'd like the 176, as it skis so short, but she preferred the 166. (In fact, she bought a pair.) So I think with that skiing style, 166 will be fine. But not the 159.

 

They are definitely hard to find at that size -- except brand new -- though.





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Originally Posted by drewski180 View Post

Thanks for the help.  I realize the rocker will make it feel shorter but I guess what I'm asking is if the 159 will be beneficial and she'll enjoy them or if they'll ski so short she wont have fun on them because they will feel like snow blades?

 

The one thing I failed to mention is her skiing style is somewhat dated (mine has only changed a bit in the past year).  People used to make a lot of turns on steep terrain and it is more common to see people making larger GS turns regardless of what bumps are beneath them.  She tends to make a lot of turns without really picking up speed on big GS turns off-piste.

Perhaps she's got it right and you've got it wrong.  Case in point - you climb for over an hour to access an uncut slope - you launch into powder 11's, hit the bottom with 4 turns at warp speed in 30 sec.  She jumps in, hits 50 turns, gets that floating feel over and over, and arrives at the bottom in 3 minutes.  Who gets the best payback for the uphill effort?  Anyone who skis like you will want a wider, longer ski to keep you on the top and prevent diving.  Anyone who skis like your significant other will want a shorter ski to ski the way she wants.  Her way isn't dated - just different.
 

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Perhaps she's got it right and you've got it wrong.  Case in point - you climb for over an hour to access an uncut slope - you launch into powder 11's, hit the bottom with 4 turns at warp speed in 30 sec.  She jumps in, hits 50 turns, gets that floating feel over and over, and arrives at the bottom in 3 minutes.  Who gets the best payback for the uphill effort?  Anyone who skis like you will want a wider, longer ski to keep you on the top and prevent diving.  Anyone who skis like your significant other will want a shorter ski to ski the way she wants.  Her way isn't dated - just different.
 


dont see the logic, I can make shorter turn in powder at higher rate of speed on my Bigger skis.

post #11 of 11

Assuming this thread is still going there is some confusion on the Rossi Voodoo Pro (this year's and last).  Contrary to the specs you may see on many websites they get narrower as they get shorter.  The only length that is 110 underfoot is the 176.  At 159 they are something like 95 underfoot and if I remember correctly the 166 (which I think would be right for your girlfriend) is in between.  I ski the Super 7 and really wanted this for design for my wife but she skis a fatter ski everyday and we wanted at least 110 underfoot in something like a 166.  We ended up with a dps Wailer 112.

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