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    Default BOARDIES! Anyone Ski and/or have knowledge about skiing?

    Soooo here's the deal.
    I work for a company that gets me a SWEET deal on skis for self purchases.
    My fiance is pretty much hounding me to buy her a pair for christmas.
    The thing is, I snowboard… so I have ZERO knowledge on how to go about sizing skis for her & surprising her with them.



    That being said, anyone know how to size skis?
    I know I need her height for the skis & bindings come with them.
    But what about boots? Anything special I need to know??

    HEEEELP!


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    Default Re: BOARDIES! Anyone Ski and/or have knowledge about skiing?

    There's a lot you probably need to know, and I can almost guarantee that, while it'd be less "wow!" it'd be much better to get her input on what she wants. There are so many different types of skis depending on skill level, preferred style of skiing, agility. I would never buy a pair of skis until I demo them to make sure that they're a good fit, because I've gotten skis without trying them and hated how they skied. Sure, if you're good enough you can get past the differences between your style of skiing and the flaws in your ski compared to your style, but it's much better to find a pair that's a good match.

    That said, if you want to take a risk, the modern shaped ski should come up to somewhere between the top of the nose and the hairline for the average skier. You want parabolic skis most likely as they are so much more comfortable with turning and they no longer have the shitty speed-reduction issues that they used to. I'd avoid anything like fat skis or straight skis as they're pretty specific products and she has to a)ski a ton and b) be good enough to want skis for different styles for them to be worth it. I don't know how people feel about them now, but when I raced I loved my Rossignols: they had speed, stability and were able to keep an edge really well.

    Boots are something you absolutely should not buy for her sight unseen. She will absolutely need to fit many pairs of boots to find what works for her, and I wouldn't buy bindings without knowing what boots you're going to have. I'd say the ski, while still something you shouldn't buy without having tried it first, could be reasonably gifted without boots and bindings, and you could tell her that you'll buy her those once you guys can get her fitted and find the right pair.

    Edit: if you wanted to make the skis a gift and still let her demo to find the right pair, you could go to a thrift store, find an old pair of skis and boots, wrap those up and then tell her she can upgrade with whatever best fits her once she tries stuff out.
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    Default Re: BOARDIES! Anyone Ski and/or have knowledge about skiing?

    Thaaaaaaank you!
    I suspected it might be best for her to demo before purchase, she insisted she didn't need to & it would be fine.
    But I could imagine getting up to the mountain & dealing with nightmares of skis she doesn't like.
    Thanks a ton.
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    Get her a pair of Armadas
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    Get her a pair of Armadas
    They do have some sexy skis.
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    They do have some sexy skis.
    Rossignol or K2's are pretty good skis for intermediate level skiers. Skie height should come somewhere between her chin and her forehead. Parabolics are a must, twin tip if she wants to ski backwards down the bunny hill.
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    Default Re: BOARDIES! Anyone Ski and/or have knowledge about skiing?

    That's where demoing comes in, right? Because I've never liked the feel of K2s. Atomic made some stuff I enjoyed back in the day in terms of speed, but it felt like I sacrificed some stability with them.
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