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Looking for wide'ish, Mammoth-friendly skis for my wife

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  • 5' tall
  • 108 lbs
  • Level 7 skier
  • Currently skis a Volkl 724 Gamma (105/71/93) and loves them**
  • Comfortable on all blues and many blacks
  • Doesn't do bumps
  • Doesn't do trees
  • I wouldn't say we're on groomers, but it's definitely on-piste
  • Only wants 1 ski, doesn't care if it's a compromise and not the "best" at something
  • Doesn't ski too fast
  • Prefers medium-size turns

 

** She didn't love her Volkl's in Park City after 9" of snow that morning or Mammoth this past February when it snowed about 18" on Friday and we skied on Saturday.

 

I'd like to get some suggestions for some skis that she could demo that would be suitable for trips to Mammoth, which we go to about 4-5 times a year.  I was thinking something significantly different from her 724's width-wise (at least 85?) and not overly stiff.  Thanks.

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If you want something in the 85-90mm underfoot range I'd say the K2 Missdemeanor or Volkl Kenja (although she said she doesn't like Volkls they probably weren't these?) are great options for ripping the on-piste crud and groomers at Mammoth.  If she's really looking for something to ski 18" in, the Nordica Nemesis is much wider (98mm) but still a fantastic all-around.  I entered her information into a new ski recommendation engine at skigenie.com.  Check out the results: http://find-skis.skigenie.com/ski/results/c2tpZ2VuaWVpc2F3ZXNvbWU3NTc=


No, she loves her Volkl's, but they're just not ideal for lots of new snow.  The MissDemeanor was already on the list, so it's good to get confirmation on that.  Keep the suggestions coming!

post #3 of 11
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She loves her Volkls, they're just not ideal for lots of new snow.  The Missdemeanor was already on the list, so it's good to get some confirmation on that one.  Keep the suggestions coming!

post #4 of 11

This statement....'on piste but not on groomers''....is a little puzzling but IAC..........

 

The ski that immediately comes to mind is the Fischer Koa. This is a flat tailed ski that is light, nimble, and medium in flex. It is pretty good in firm conditions and very good on the chalky wind scoured surfaces that Mammoth gets so often. While there is no particular need for a twin tip, if that appeals to her, the Line Celebrity and Salomon Lady really elevate the playfulness factor but will compromise somewhat on firmer surfaces. All the skis mentioned are very suitable for a 5 footer in her weight range and all are available in shortish sizes.

 

SJ

post #5 of 11
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Here's what I mean by on-piste, but not necessarily on groomers.  

 

To me, groomers are just that...groomed.  Every night a snowcat goes up and down the run and does its job.  But at Mammoth, there is a lot of blue/black terrain that I would say is not groomed by a snowcat on a regular basis, or at all.  Am I mistaken in my understanding of what people mean when they say "groomer"?

post #6 of 11

If you want literally only one ski that will even get used on a Mammoth "deep day", you might keep an eye out for last year's Rossi Voodoo BC110 or the S3 in a 159cm.  (same ski different topsheet)...both are 98mm underfoot, early rise tip and tail design, and probably enough float for any conditions for her size.  These are however definitely soft-snow biased, and will only be "OK" on hard conditions.  My wife is a little bigger and skis the BC110 in a 166 which is 105mm underfoot, same type of design and we're regulars at Mammoth...she loves them for any soft snow condition, deep or not.  There's a woman who wrote up a review of the S3 last year in the review forum... 

 

Also, Blizzard "Crush" but I doubt you can find a place to demo that in Mammoth.

 

only thing about her situation is that she could wants one ski that will be ok in any condition at Mammoth, and in a heavy snow year like last year (and some say this year), that means being prepared for that big dump, which isn't likely going to yield a ski that excels in the conditions you say she likes the most.  SJ's idea of the Koa 84 could split the difference, but on new snow days, she might have more fun on S3/Crush type of ski, which by most accounts do fine on-piste in a place like Mammoth; and if she is like my wife, her terrain preferences may change quite a bit after trying a ski like that (she's gone from "70/30" to "30/70" on/off-piste preference since acquiring her BC110's)

 

FYI, my wife's "quiver" this season will probably be those two skis: Koa 84 159cm. + Rossi BC110 166cm.

She's going to start off seeing if she can get away with just the Rossis and add the Koa if she misses that more on-piste friendly ski.

post #7 of 11

I've tried this ski and can recommend it as being powerful and playful, solid and light: Salomon Geisha. buy it the right size, no need to buy long.

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I've tried this ski and can recommend it as being powerful and playful, solid and light: Salomon Geisha. buy it the right size, no need to buy long.



Very good ski for it's width range but quite a bit wider than what was asked for and thus, perhaps less than ideal for a skier with a rather limited appetite for the gnar.

 

SJ

post #9 of 11
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What about the Dynastar Exclusive Eden (126/85/110)?

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What about the Dynastar Exclusive Eden (126/85/110)?



Excellent ski but it's best for a strong skier and might be a little stiff for her weight. The Koa is very similar in shape and general capabilities but just enough easier going that I'd suggest it over the Eden.

 

SJ

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