Last season, my now ex-gf had a pair of Salomon Ladies, which she liked a lot, but then demoed a pair of Volkl Kikus and LOVED them. She was a pretty good skier, but those Kikus helped her absolutely kill the pow. She was rocking the bowls, trees, and the entire mountain with those on. We broke up when I moved to Montana last May. Ironic since she was a great skier, but long story short, she didn't want to move away from her family and it didn't work out.
I got a new girlfriend soon thereafter (actually my fiance now!) Well, the new season is upon us, and my girlfriend really wants a new pair of skis and boots. Her stuff is WAY outdated and groomer specific. We'll be shopping for boots for her locally, but will probably be shopping for skis online. I've been encouraging her to demo skis this season so she can figure out exactly what she likes the most, but she doesn't even want to bother demoing, as she's ready to be the first on the lifts on a pow day. I've never skied with her, but all the guys we know who have skied with her, including an old instructor, said she kills it and is a pretty advanced skier. We shall see. She definitely wants some good twin-tipped, rockered, fat skis.
After the ex loved the Kikus so much, I'm tempted to buy my fiance a pair with some Marker Griffons (or Squires). She's about 5'8 and might be around 140-150 lbs. I think the 170 could be a great size for her. She's thinking she's going to be buying them, but I'd like to surprise her with some for an early Christmas gift. :)
She's big on pretty topsheets, FWIW. I showed her the women's S7's and she was not a fan at all. A shame, because I found a good deal on some in Bozeman, and I know they're a great ski.
Aside from the Kikus, are there any similar alternatives that a girl like her might enjoy? It would also be kinda cool to find her an American-made ski if that's possible. A good all-around ski would be great since we're just starting her quiver and can only afford one pair this season. That's why the Kiku's great...it kills in pow, but has no problem with groomers either.