I know this thread comes up again and again, but I really need some help. My wife is in an interesting place. She skied quite a bit in her early 20's but then took a lot of time off. Started picking the sport up again last year, but since having kids, life changes, etc. she's digressed a bit in her abilities. It seems to be more fear than anything else.
Well, she is a good skier in form, very cautious and slow. We've tried to rent "better" skis for her thinking that would help instill more confidence, but I think the better tuned demo skis may be part of the problem. When we go to the rental shops, since she has her own boots, they seem to assume she is better than she is and put her on higher performance and longer skis than she probably needs.
We would like to get her some skis of her own at some point since renting/demoing is such a hassle. However, I would like some suggestions on what she should be demoing. Should she just stick with crappy rentals until she improves? I feel like lousy skis will hinder her ability to improve as quickly, but so far my gut has been pretty wrong on this stuff.
Her issues probably go well beyond "ski gear discussion", but it is a part of it for sure.
We are headed to Alta in a few weeks, so if anyone has some specific suggestions or ideas, we are all ears.