2018 Volkl Flair 76 Elite Women's Skis 2018 Volkl Flair 76 Elite Women's Skis

2018 Volkl Flair 76 Elite Women’s Skis

The Volkl Flair 76 Elite is a ski targeting intermediate skiers who spend the majority of their time on moderately pitched, groomed slopes. There is no metal or carbon in the ski, unlike some of the more aggressive, higher end Flair skis, rather a dual wood core that reduces weight compared to the stiffer, more advanced skis. Even beginner skiers can enjoy the Flair 76 Elite as it is far from overpowering. Much on the contrary, it’s relatively easy to ski, pretty lightweight for an all mountain ski with a system binding, and a confidence inspiring ski for less aggressive skiers. We put quite a few women out on the Volkl Flair 76 Elite, none of which really fall into the beginner or intermediate categories, but they still provided us with some great feedback and even though their skiing ability and level of aggressiveness might surpass the ski’s, they still had a lot of fun on it. All of our testers skied the 161 cm length.

Tami Razinger’s typical type of skiing involves steep backcountry terrain, cliff drops, and a high level of aggressiveness. She is, after all, a competitive big mountain skier on the national level. The Flair 76 Elite certainly does not fall into a class of ski that she would compete on and probably isn’t a ski that she would choose for more relaxed all mountain skiing either, but she found the ski to be much more impressive than she expected. “The Volkl Flair 76 Elite is recommended for the learning skier. For beginner to intermediate skiers this holds an edge great on firm snow and is quite stable. It felt a little shaky at high speeds.” If you would describe your skiing at “high speed” you probably want to jump up in the Flair line to a ski with metal, but for the rest of us the Flair 76 Elite is plenty of ski. Tami “recommends the Flair 76 Elite for use on groomed slopes at the resort, not for powder or off-piste skiing.” We agree, Tami. It’s definitely most at home on groomed, firm snow.

Elissa DeGolyer is another skier who we certainly wouldn’t classify as either a beginner or intermediate due to her alpine race background and very precise skiing, but is another who enjoyed the Flair 76 Elite quite a bit. Elissa thinks it is a “good everyday ski for the strong intermediate looking to get comfortable with their ski ability. It has a super smooth turn with an easy balance point.” You’ll notice that Elissa thinks the ski is best for “strong intermediates” while Tami included “beginners.” This is a good time to mention that there are more beginner oriented skis within the Flair line. Volkl has a Flair 76 (non-Elite) with a softer flex and also a Flair 73 that uses a composite core instead of wood. First time skiers may find the Flair 76 Elite to be more challenging than those two skis, but it’s really quite approachable for new skiers who are very much still learning and progressing their technique. Elissa also commented that she felt that the ski had a “medium stiffness that allows for easy edge control.” This is one of the reasons why we describe it as confidence inspiring. It’s easy to ski, yet has the stability you need to hold an edge.

We think the Flair 76 Elite really is a great choice for beginner and intermediate skiers, but after hearing the reactions from two much more advanced skiers we think it could work for someone with a lot of experience, but maybe less aggressiveness than they used to have. Even advanced skiers who just like to cruise the mountain without feeling like they have to constantly drive a ski with a lot of energy will really enjoy the laid back, cruising nature of the Flair 76 Elite.

Testers

Katrine Wolfgang Ski Tester Headshot Image

Katrine Wolfgang

Age: 53Height: 5'5.5"Weight: 168 lbs.

Ski Style: Smooth carving

Elissa DeGolyer Ski Tester Headshot Image

Elissa DeGolyer

Age: 28Height: 5'8"Weight: 130 lbs.

Ski Style: Precise, aggressive, extensive ski racing background

Tami Razinger Ski Tester Profile Photo

Tami Razinger

Age: 23Height: 5'4"Weight: 155 lbs.

Ski Style: Fast, aggressive, competitive big mountain skier

7 Comments on the “2018 Volkl Flair 76 Elite Women’s Skis”

  1. Hi,

    I am recently back on skis (after about a 10 year hiatus) and looking for new equipment. I ski mostly blues and single blacks with some runs through the woods every now and again. I ski at local resorts in PA and some in MD and NY (east coast skiing) on groomed slopes. I’m 38, 5’8, 135lb. I have looked at the Volkl 76 elites (I have only skied volkls in the past) and the Blizzard Black Pearl 88s. Do you have any suggestions for others or any suggestions what might be the better ski for me? Thanks!

    1. Hi Sarah!
      Welcome back! For groomer specific skiing, I’d go with the Flair 76. The Black Pearl 88 is a great ski, but has a more versatile and all-mountain personality. Blizzard also makes a Black Pearl 78, so if you’re looking for that narrower waist, it’s a lighter option than the Flair. I’d stick to the >80 mm range underfoot for your application. Have fun!
      SE

  2. Thanks for all the great reviews. I demoed volkl yumi 2019 at 154 and loved them. I’ve seen the Flair forncheaper and wonder how they compare. I’m 50 years old. 5’5 and 128 lb. ski mostly easy groomed blue runs but need to get through any chunk if it’s a snowy day. Only ski a few times a year while on vacation. Thanks!!

    1. Hi Sherri!
      The Yumi is a far better performer than the Flair. That said, if you’re only skiing a few times a year and not leaving the groomers, there’s nothing wrong with the Flair. Just remember to buy the skis for the conditions and terrain that you ACTUALLY ski rather than those that you WANT to ski. Hope that helps!
      SE

  3. I am looking for the best ski for my wife. She is 5’0″ and we ski in New Hampshire. She is advanced beginner to early intermediate. She has looked at the Volkl Flair 76, Atomic Cloud 7, Head Pure Joy, and K2 LuvIt, but not sure which will work the best for her level and our region.
    She is also skiing just frontside trails. Any input would be great.

    1. Hi Keith!
      We sell a lot of Flair 76 and everyone really seems to like them. Easy to get on edge, smooth and stable throughout the turn, and generally well made. The Cloud and the Head are on the lighter side, and I’d peg those as more beginner oriented than intermediate. The K2 would be my second choice, but still a bit distant from the Flair. I’d say the 147 cm length would be the right one. Hope that helps!
      SE

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