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Looking for advice on whether to buy ski geared for an intermediate or advanced skier

post #1 of 8
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I skied a lot in my 20's & early 30's took 10 years off and am getting back into it. Starting up again I am a level 6 / 7 and am in the market to buy new skis. Based on reviews I have read I have narrowed it down to either the Atomic Cloud 7 (Intermediate ski) or the Blizzard Viva 7.6 (Advanced) ski. I ski in New England (VT & NH) we bought a ski condo so will be skiing a good amount this winter. I am 5'4" - 125lbs.

 

Any advice on whether I should stick with a intermediate ski or go for the advanced? Is the difference that substantial?

post #2 of 8

I am not familiar with the Atomics but I can reccomend the Blizzard Viva 7.6.  It is one of the better selling ladies models in our shop for a good reason.  It is rated highly in the press as a ski that an intermediate skier can use to become an advanced skier and then continue to use to become an expert.  In other words it has a wide performance envelope and is forgiving and easy to ski.

 

Good Luck,

 

Rick G

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Any advice on whether I should stick with a intermediate ski or go for the advanced? Is the difference that substantial?

 

If you're a level 6/7 -- unless you're looking at things marketed as "race" skis, probably not.  More "advanced" skis tend to be stiffer and (generally) will hold up better at high speeds or on gnarly surfaces.  But they may also be somewhat less forgiving.

 

Your best bet is to demo a few things if possible.  It's hard to find truly bad skis these days, but the 'feel' from different manufacturers can make a big difference depending on your personal taste and skiing style.

post #4 of 8

Get expert skis.

post #5 of 8

I'm a firm believer that your gear should be able to be skied better than you can ski for the same reasons you buy a car that can handle doing 100mph and never plan on going faster than 70mph.  The tricky part is how much better.  I would get the best performing recreational ski for your size.  Especially if you're going to be skiing a lot more. 

post #6 of 8

Buy the Blizzard 7.6 without any hesitation. Even though it is rated as an "intermediate" ski it is plenty of ski for your level and beyond. 

post #7 of 8

^^^^ What he said, if those are your two finalists. Would be a great Eastern groomer ski. 

post #8 of 8
Thread Starter 

I really appreciate all the advice - which seems to be indicating the more advanced and, unfortunately, expensive ski is the way to go. Now all we need is some snow, can't wait ski!!

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