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Blizzard viva 7.6: size questions

post #1 of 9
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Help!

I'm new here and been scouring forums here and at the ski diva, I *think* I've decided upon the 10/11 blizzard viva 7.6 for this season (But I'm game for suggestions).

About me:
I've been skiing on old 2002 atomic 9.18's in 150 length. I'd classify myself as a solid intermediate female who tries to keep up with her expert husband.. I am 5'4" and 120 lbs.  I normally ski in the northeast (NY, VT), and go to austria at least once a year. If I go out west, I rent (which I am fine with). I ski primarily on piste on the lovely NE or alps hardpack (95% of the time).  I have been really working on my carving, and don't mind going fast-ish as long as I feel in control (both of my knees are post-ACL reconstruction so I'm wary at times). But I also like to have a few fun, easy runs after enjoying a schnitzel mit pommes where I cruise down the mountain taking in the view.

So about these vivas. I'm comfortable, obviously, with 150, as I've been on it for a long time. The Vivas come in a 149 length and 156. Based on my height/weight, what ski length would you recommend for me?  I'm hesitant to stray from my beloved 150-ish length, but then again, will I be holding myself back? My fear is that the ski will feel "uncontrollable" for me, too long and awkward. With my atomics now, I feel as though they get a little squirrley in the crud and sometimes on steep ice. As for a demo, I live in Manhattan, no car, and probably not going to make it to a demo day before we leave for austria this year.

Thoughts? (or if you'd recommend a ski that might suit me more?)

 

Thanks!
Laura


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post #2 of 9
Good selection in skis. If you are looking for better performance in hard snow conditions, I would suggest the 156. The Vivas have a pretty quick turning radius so I don't think you should have any trouble controlling the longer skis. You will definitely notice greater stability at speed with the longer length as well.

At 5'4" the 156's should come almost to the top of your head which is where most advanced to expert skiers are skiing these days. I think you will like them at that length and they will coax you to the next level. I have a feeling your expert husband has already suggested this.

Good luck.

Rick G
post #3 of 9
Thread Starter 

RickG, thanks for the input!

Well you know its funny, he says "are you sure you want to go up in size?"!!! He taught me many moons ago on shorties. I think he is scared that I'll go too fast. I am told I'm better than I think I am (likely my lack confidence in charging down the mtn)

Do you think that edge to edge turns will be really hard work or not too bad with these skis at a 156?

post #4 of 9
Your husband is just trying to maintain his superiorority over you by telling you to stay short. LOL

Unless I am off with my estimate of where the 156's will hit your 5'4" frame, I really do belive based on what you have said about your skiing ability, the slightlty longer length won't even be noticed when carivng turns after one or two times out on them. But you will notice an improvement in stability at speed, edge hold and in variable snow conditions.

So unless the 156's are way over your head they are the better long term choice.

Rick G
post #5 of 9

156 should be a good lenght for you; my daughter who is an intermediate/advanced skier is happy with her Porsches in a 156, but I suggest you go for a higher performance model, a Dynastar Exclusive Active or Exclusive Elite.

post #6 of 9
Lets not confuse her anymore than neccessary. The Viva 7.6 has plenty of performance for an advancing intermediate. Last season our shop sold many pairs to advanced to expert women and they love them. Though I am sure your Dynastar choices are fine skis in their own right, I am not familiar with them.

Rick G
post #7 of 9
Thread Starter 

LOL rickG.  i showed the DH and he laughed and laughed :) Thanks for the input. I think I will start to drive myself crazy (wait, maybe I already have) if I start to throw a lot of other skis into the decision without the ability to test drive them. I feel like I am doing this pretty blindly as it is, but I am trying really hard to find the right skis!!   I think I'm going to go with the 156s. Thanks!

post #8 of 9
Thread Starter 

LOL rickG.  i showed the DH and he laughed and laughed :) Thanks for the input. I think I will start to drive myself crazy (wait, maybe I already have) if I start to throw a lot of other skis into the decision without the ability to test drive them. I feel like I am doing this pretty blindly as it is, but I am trying really hard to find the right skis!!   I think I'm going to go with the 156s. Thanks!

post #9 of 9
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Originally Posted by rickg View Post

Lets not confuse her anymore than neccessary. The Viva 7.6 has plenty of performance for an advancing intermediate. Last season our shop sold many pairs to advanced to expert women and they love them. Though I am sure your Dynastar choices are fine skis in their own right, I am not familiar with them.

Rick G


I would agree with this.  The Viva 7.6 is a fine ski and will likely be plenty of ski for some time to come.  Not that there aren't other skis out there in this category but the Blizzard Viva 7.6 is really nice.

Enjoy!

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