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Old 01-08-2009, 01:27 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Question need advice on first skiis

I am looking to buy my first pair of skis. I've been a skier for a few years now. I would say i ski at an intermediate level. In the past, I've always rented my skis, but am now ready for a good pair of my own.

I mainly stay on groomed runs at resorts. I'm at 5'9" female at 150 lbs. I'm not too familiar with proper sizing , reliable brands, and styles for the type of skiing i do. I don't want to spend an arm and a leg, however, i don't want a piece of crap.

any suggestions will help, b/c I'm clueless.
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Old 09-04-2009, 09:49 PM   #2 (permalink)
 
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Default Good timing, more women's choices than ever before

Well you are in luck, the ski industry has recenlty figured out that women are the new demographic
to sell ski equipment to. That realization has brought to market the first legitimate
"female" friendy gear not just cutesy graphics but gear designed for women specifically. Prior to now
a "womens" ski was a light version of the male model, not any more.
You need to find a reputable shop to help you narrow your search, annual gear guides by Powder, Ski and Skiing magazines (at your newsstand now) are also a great resource to help find the perfect ski for you. As an intermediate who skis on-piste on groomed runs you'll want an intermediate to advanced level ski in the women's category. Typically you'll want to get a length anywhere from chest high to chin level or slightly above. Look for a ski that's forgiving and easy to initiate turns this combination will give you the confidence needed to improve your ability without being unpleasantly surprised by a ski for a higher ability that will put you in your place. While you do not want to cheap out on skis or boots you should spend as much as you can for your gear but do not get gear that is too much more advanced than your current ability.
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