Ski Tests Chix Value Buy

Group verdict

Six skis stood out, but the edge in price gave the Nordica Fate the title of our 2011 Chix Best Value Buy - it shared the gold medals with the K2 Super Free and Kastle MX 70. The silver medals went to the Dynastar Exclusiv Elit, Elan Inspire and Scott Maya.

Target skier

We asked distributors for a ski/binding package that would sell for $1200 or less and would suit capable but improving women skiers who want an all rounder that looks good and will keep performing well up the ability range. Value for money is a very important factor here.

Skier ability:
On the ski school rating scale, these skis will suit classes 4 to 1.


Armada Cantika
Armada Cantika
Comments: Easy turning, but too soft to be pushed really hard; Sue. Great in the soft, doesn't hold and edge so well on the groomed; Joanna. Verdict: One for off-piste cruisers or improving skiers looking for a forgiving ski.

Blizzard Viva Magnum 7.4
Blizzard Viva Magnum 7.4
Comments: Handles well at medium pace, seemed to be itching to take off, but got skittish when it did; Navena. Handles beautifully at medium speeds on medium terrain; Susie. Verdict: Well-priced option for intermediate-level cruisers.

Dynastar Exclusiv Elite
Dynastar Exclusiv Elite
Comments: Tidy turns with little effort asked; Navena. Really responsive and it holds an edge beautifully; Joanna. Verdict: Good choice for the category.

Elan Inspire
Elan Inspire
Comments: The recipe is right - good cruiser for improving intermediates; Sue. Really fits for cruisy skiers at medium to advanced level; Susie. Verdict: They said it - cool choice for cruisy skiers.

Head Mya No. 5
Head Mya No. 5
Comments: More an entry-level ski and a really good one at that; Navena. Really forgiving - great for intermediates wanting to progress; Joanna. Verdict: If you don't want to push your skis hard, then this could be one to go with.

K2 Super Free
K2 Super Free
Comments: Best all rounder in the group on-piste and off; Navena. Very responsive, awesome through all snow types; Susie. Verdict: Has all the credentials.

Kastle MX 70
Kastle MX 70
Comments: Stable underfoot whatever the speed, not really a cruiser; Sue. Amazing ski for more accomplished women skiers - great response and hold; Navena. Verdict: Busts the price barrier but a top choice for capable, athletic women skiers.

Nordica Fate
Nordica Fate
Comments: Great stability all the way through the turn, surprisingly good for this category; Joanna. Really good wherever you take it; Navena. Verdict: Top of the class here - highly recommended.

Rossignol Temptation
Rossignol Temptation
Comments: Great for lower intermediate/entry level skiers - soothing performance; Navena. Hop on and enjoy the ride, but don't go pushing them too hard; Joanna. Verdict: More an option for skiers starting out or staying on as low-speed cruisers.

Scott Maya
Scott Maya
Comments: Great fun wherever, whatever - no negatives; Sue. Super fun, really responsive and lively on piste or off; Joanna. Verdict: Another top choice; will take you a long way up the ability ladder.

 

jim darby/the snow biz
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arnie wilson/from the alps
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go flip/flip byrnes
Meet the fashion victims; a whole winter world of them.


There's a lot to like about ski lifts, and the people who make them.

Life is full of ironies. The Alps got the snow and Russia got the Olympics.

Meet the fashion victims; a whole winter world of them.