Old 29-09-09, 08:07 PM   #1
 
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Buying skis for my friend

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Im looking to buy skis for my girlfriend. She is 16 years old and has stopped growing. She is 5 ft tall and weighs about 110 lbs. I was looking at the skis bellow with the 145 cm size. She is new to skiing and went a few times last year with me. would these work well for her?


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Old 14-10-09, 03:48 PM   #2
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That is a children's ski. 110 lbs should have an adult ski.
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Old 17-10-09, 05:49 AM   #3
 
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Hi,
Im looking to buy skis for my girlfriend. She is 16 years old and has stopped growing. She is 5 ft tall and weighs about 110 lbs. I was looking at the skis bellow with the 145 cm size. She is new to skiing and went a few times last year with me. would these work well for her?


evogear.com/outlet/skis/k2-luv-bug-youth-2009.aspx


I second the previous post. Also you are probably looking at a women's designed ski with her weight - she may not be able to throw enough weight around to make a normal ski flex properly.

Until she gets better at skiing, and begins to know and love the sport (and embrace the high cost of it too) I's stick to rentals and at least a couple of lessons this upcoming season. If it gets to the point where she is doing the skiing well and enjoying it, then move forward to the next big step and buying a really good pair of custom fit boots (look up Surefoot). After the boots are dialed in, then start trying some skis to see what kind of ski she likes to ski on and the kind of stuff she likes to ski. Some of us like every part of the mountain, some bumps, some powder, some trees, and some brutally groomed corduroy slopes. And, the ski manufacturers have built a ski for each niche to ski in as well as all-mountain skis too. The bottom line is thatyou have to ski a lot to find the niche where you want to ski (yeah, I bet you there are people that love to ski on boiler plate icy stuff and there is a ski for that also.)

Until she skis more and gets her legs under her, her confidence up, and her overall technique improved, I wouldn't be laying down any kind of $$$$ for skis. If you buy skis now, the best turnout would be that she skis out of them by the end of the season; the worst turnout being that the skis suck for the type of skiing that she likes to do and she's trapped in a ski that is holding her improvement back. In either case, the money is spent and I think it turns out bad.

Instead of skis, how about buying her a few lift tickets or lessons? Considerably cheaper and I think the outcome is more predictable.

Hope it helps,

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