Heidi skis

Heidi Ski off-piste model 2010Yes, there’s a brand of ski called Heidi Ski and they come from Switzerland. I tried some out at last weekend’s ski test held in Le Grand Bornand just up the road and I was really impressed. Despite the off-piste model being only 80mm across the centre, these babies floated nicely and with such a narrow waist, turned off piste like no other pair of ski I tried all day. I should point out, however, that I’d never really skied off-piste before – that’s what I’ve used my snowboard for. This year was going to be the year, and Heidi Ski were looking like my ski of choice. Aren’t the graphics lovely too? You don’t want to buy a pair of skis with horrible graphics, do you. I remember once asking a snowboard instructor friend what my next snowboard should be and his reply was: “The one with the nicest graphics,” so I’m pretty sure it’s not just me that looks at the graphics as well as the performance of the ski.

Other favourites were the Dynastar Legend Sultan 80s for on the piste (I’m pleased about this, as I’ve bought a pair to use for telemarking which I’m still learning how to do), Movement Black Rose for both on-piste and off-piste (and lovely sparkly-in-sun purpleness), and the Salomon S7s fo, r off-piste (although sadly I’m not that good off-piste yet to use them the way they deserve), but I came home and Googled Heidi Ski. I wanted a pair of Heidi Skis…until I saw the price. There’s no way I can afford those beauties no matter how lovely they were, and so the hunt for a new pair of skis continues.

Apologies if this post sounded a bit “me me me”: the beautiful snow of the French Alps is what motivated me to live in France in the first place. I’m passionate about the snow and winter sports, so sometimes I can’t help myself but write about it all. Back to French observations next time.

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7 comments on “Heidi skis
  1. I skied powder on my flagrantly piste-oriented Volkl Tigersharks the other day. I now want a pair of something like these Heidi things. In fact, looking at the graphics these would do nicely.

  2. I’m somewhat jealous that I won’t get to ski this year… No need to apologise for what you put on your blog :)

  3. So when we wear the Heidi skis, do we have to yodel? We’re off to buy me a winter ski coat this w/end. I have no idea where mine walked off to. At any rate, it was old. Last x-mas, we went skiing in the Alps. Or rather, my husband skied. I rolled down the mountain, crying like a big fat baby. This year, I think I’ll take a lesson in the Pyrenees…

  4. Wendy says:

    If you can afford them, get them, misplacedperson!
    Samanda, lessons are the way forward: I’m always braver with a stranger telling me what to do than with someone I already know. Good luck!

  5. Sage says:

    Came over from Potts blog–good interviewing. I too am still trying to learn to telemark–I can handle small hills but nothing steep (but in the skiing around here, that’s not a problem).

  6. Wendy says:

    Sage, welcome. :) Steepness I can handle, but speed is my enemy – time to upgrade from soft beginner telemarks I think. I spent ages practicing on a very short blue run (just long enough to feel the pain and get back on a chairlift) and that really got me confident for steeper stuff. Good luck!

  7. Kelly says:

    Hi Franco Phoney!

    Thanks for the write up and glad you liked them.

    We have a couple of events coming up in Verbier for anyone who wants to come over the mountain and join us for the day : Feb 19 -10 and March 5 – 6, Ruinettes, Verbier.

    Let it snow!
    Kelly at Heidiskis

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