Old 29-05-07, 11:32 PM   #1
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Skis for a Novice Lady

Hello there,

I guess I am considered somewhere between novice and intermediate. I've skiied about 10 times now, with local hills comprising most of my experiences. I have been out west and skiied down a few 3-mile green runs. My husband thinks that I have more ability than I do. I still don't have that confidence factor, but I am athletic and just love the sport!

Now that I've been on some real mountain runs, I decided to purchase a pair of skis. I am really short and light, just 5'3" and about 118 and being somewhat new at this, I thought that the K2 First Luv (146 cm) would be right for me. I will be fitted for nice boots before the beginning of the next season, too because I feel that they may be even more important than the skis.

Does anyone have any comments about these skis and whether I can be somewhat aggressive with them as I get better? Perhaps after one more winter, I could move up to a solid intermediate ski like the Sweet Luv or Atomic Balanze 5:3? I guess right now I am looking to quickly increase my skills and build confidence and am looking for some type of validation that I'm doing the right thing. I do know that the shorter the ski, the better I seem to do on the slopes. I know how to carve, too, but still need to feel more comfortable at it. I just cringe when I hit ice still. I should also mention that I am in my mid forties, so perhaps this is hindering me somewhat mentally......?

Thanks for being here! Jackie

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Old 30-05-07, 03:52 PM   #2
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I have heard good things about the K2 first love. K2 makes good ski euipqment so I can't imagine you won't be pleased.

"shorter is better." Not always, while shorter is easier to turn it lacks stability as speed increases. Since you have only skied 10 times, I don't think you will have to worry about that but keep in mind for your next pair of skis.

Yes, I believe that boots are the most important item when skiing, if your boots don't fit right it doesn't matter what skis your riding.
Good luck this season!

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Old 31-05-07, 10:28 AM   #3
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Thanks, Justin! I don't think I'll be a speed demon anytime soon, so nothing to worry about there. Our next ski trip will be Whistler/Blackcomb, so I am pretty excited about that!!!

My hubby just found Atomic Balanze 3:1 skis for me (141cm) for a better price, so I ended up declining the K2s. I hope this wasn't a mistake, but they were my second choice in skis. In fact, some people like Atomic better so it's a win all the way around (I think).

Take care,

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Old 31-05-07, 04:39 PM   #4
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Firstly, Welcome to Talk Ski!

I think if you lack confidence then shorter ski's are definately going to be a better option, they will be easier to turn with at lower speeds etc..

I would definately recommend that you get a pair of boots, I have had a lot of trouble with rental boots not ffitting correctly and finally decided to buy a pair of ski boots for next season.
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Old 01-06-07, 10:52 AM   #5
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Thanks, Michael. My next purchase is a pair of ski boots. I will be so ready to hit those slopes next winter.....I can't wait!

By the way, what is your opinion of the Atomic Balanze 3:1 ski vs the K2 First Luv I had originally purchased? I am hearing good things. I realize that they are geared towards women and you haven't had personal experience with them, but perhaps you know someone who has used them?

I guess if one doesn't possess some natural ability, the best skis or boots won't help, but I am told that I am progressing quite well. I have yet to take a nasty spill though. I have had a few little "slips", but nothing major. I manage to ski all the way down and have now learned to carve which makes things so much more enjoyable! It really helps to control my speed so I don't feel like I am freakishly out of control. Now I must master other techniques as I approach the blue runs and eventually the black diamond runs - the sideslip. I am hoping that the new lighter skis and lightweight boots will help give me greater maneuverability.

Another thing I have difficulty doing at times is SKATING on my skis! I cannot figure out why I can sometimes do this, sometimes not. The last trip to Tahoe was murder on my shoulders from pushing myself around. Perhaps it's the skis and boots that I rent on a given occasion that would account for this? Hopefully, new equipment will eradicate that problem also?
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Old 04-06-07, 09:28 PM   #6
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Hey Jackie,

Boots are more important than skis, boot rental tends to be poor and never really fit you.... I get them fitted probably... and spend as much as you can...( with in reason!)

First I prefer the atomics.... have only skiied on the mens version... how ever the K2 are a nice ski... twin tips and fairly stiff for that..

Personally I have a pair of Liberty skis ( which are a new make check them out ) and also ski on Scott Astec Pros. These are both very good all mountain skis.

When looking at skis, a good website to look at is www.skireviews.co.uk really good site

I wrote a little on skiing on ice if you are interested...http://www.freewebs.com/skiarticles/...topicID=195340
"If your not living on the edge you are taking up too much space"

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Old 05-06-07, 12:03 AM   #7
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Thanks for the tips. Here in the Midwest, most of what we ski on is ice. At least I have learned to carve and have some control; however, I have done some really scary turns on it where I think I was held up by the grace of God. It's not the best feeling to know that your feet can go out from under you at any time! There are varying degrees of ice, too and it's tough to predict what's coming (especially in the shadows around a turn). It could be the snow cone stuff or nearly rock hard....who knows? Take care, Jackie
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Old 15-11-07, 11:04 AM   #8
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Dalbello Ski Boots - Advice Needed

Hello Everyone,

I went to the local ski shop and was fitted. For me, the best fit was the ladies Dalbello ZS-6. I classify myself as a novice/int. This boot is classified as Int./Advanced. However, everywhere I read says it is a freeride boot. This gentleman knows my age and skill level, but recommended these boots anyway. He said they will give me tons of control and flex and that I can advance and be more confident in them.

Anyone have advice about boots and whether recreational versus freeride makes a difference? From my understanding, the freeride boots will take a shock much better.

One more thing.....mondo point sizing. I can find these boots for a bit less on the net (not many left though). I am also afraid of E-Bay because I don't want to buy a fake boot. My safety is something that I will not tamper with. Now, every chart I see has a different mondo point size for me. My shop tells me that my 7.5 U.S. foot size is equivalent to a 24.5 in a ladies boot. I'm afraid of making this purchase online now because if the boot doesn't fit me, I am back to square one. The shop will probably sell my boot (which is currently on hold) by that time.

Any and all tips are welcome before I make this purchase. They are last year's boots and are on sale for $240 versus the retail price of $395. He has also recommended that I insert "Smartfeet" into the ski boot, which helps with lift.

Thanks for your opinion.

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Old 15-12-07, 12:35 AM   #9
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ya the shorter your skis when you are beginning the better. I would deffinetly buy your boots at a local shop were they can properly fit your boots to you and dont want to take chances with boots they are very important

on skating i found it that you should use your skis to push you along instead of soley relining on pushing. remember practice makes perfect.

Did you have fun up at Tahoe? Where did you go? I live up there.

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