Was in our local shop yesterday, and they had a great deal on a pair of 2011 Line Prophet Flites in her size.
Currently,she is skiing on Salomon Scrambler 6 skis that are about six years old I would guess. Maybe 7. Don't have the dimensions at my fingertips, but they are the typical wide shovel, narrow waist, sort of a a sparrow tail type ski. Definitely not meant for off piste skiing.
My wife - long term intermediate who wants to improve but has some fear of pushing her limits. She likes powder, although those skis do'nt cut it when it gets over 8"or so. She has trouble navigating crud. She has fun in the trees at her own pace. Doesn't really like bumps but would like to ski them better esp when they're big and soft (like at WP last year).
90% of our skiing is at Greek Peak - a small bump in central NY. It's 35 minutes from home and cheap. And they let you tailgate at chair 5. They groom too much, esp after powder. Besides that we are doing one trip out west, and one trip to VT each year -- or sometimes a few trips to VT and skipping the trip west.
I think she would benefit from going to a wider ski that doesn't have that carver profile of the Scrambler6. Plus her Scrambler's are too short for her -- she's 5'8". I know when I went to (then) a wider ski -- my Public Enemy's -- from more of a carving ski, I saw a drramatic affect to my stability, to my ability to cut through crud, and to my overall confidence level, that has led to much improvement in my skiing in the past few years.
But it's hard to verbalize the affect in terms that she wants to hear. She asks - "What difference will these skis make?" And I don't have a good answer. Except to say that she has the skills to ski much better than she does, but not the confidence. I think the wider ski will give her more confidence to use her skills. She does want to improve -- she took a women's only clinic last year and really enjoyed it, and plans to again this year. I've seen the ladies she skied with...my wife has better skills, yet some of those women are ripping harder than her because they aren't afraid.
How can I describe the difference in skis, and how they would affect her skiing? Or won't they?
Edited by billyymc - 11/9/11 at 5:26pm