I am looking for recommendations for a friend of mine. Her son began skiing with us last year. Day one, on my son's old skis, as I am explaining "pizza-french fries", he takes off and starts skiing and turning "parallel". Don't get me wrong terrible form and stance, but this was his first ever run. We took him skiing a total of 5 days - two of which were powder days - and he skied everything we allowed him to and would have skied everything if we hadn't said no. That said - Yes, lessons are the first most important thing! Also boots are covered ... if he hasn't grown. I will fit him this week when we go to the cabin. His mom says he is the same shoe size. My son's old boots fit him and they are good boots, lightly used. The old skis are way too short - 135. He is 5'10'' about 165 lbs.
He needs a ski he can grow into. He is a great athlete and will progress rapidly once he gets proper instruction. What is a good all mountain intermediate ski that will allow room to improve to advanced. The skis can be from previous seasons; in fact we will probably check ebay for some gently used skis and hit some ski shows which will have overstock skis from previous years.
We ski mostly SoCal so groomers with occasional lucky pow days which allows some tree skiing. Bumps are minimal due to grooming. Ice is occasional patches rather than a serious concern. Mornings have some rock hard corduroy though so chattering is annoying.
Thanks for your advice.