I'm looking to get my wife a new pair of skis for Christmas, or suggest some new skis to demo when we go out to SLC area this year. I have no clue about women's skis or something for her ski type/ability.
She is a cautious intermediate who strongly prefers groomed greens and blues but has skiied groomed steeps before. Her technique is cautious, and she makes very frequent skidding turns in order to control speed. She hates powder and variable conditions and complains about negative impact on her control. She is currently on a pair of old Rossignol Sapphir 3 skis that we got on deep discount when she wanted to start skiing. As she's progressed in ability, she is complaining about chattering and lack of stability at speed on her skiis, which I believe is making her afraid of going fast, making smoother turns, and learning to carve (which would be the next progression in her skills). She is 5'9'' and around 190 lbs. Each season, we generally ski 3-6 days in places that get good snow, with another 1-3 days on potentially icy East Coast mountains.
Any advice from those in the know about specific models or brands in general? I think something with good torsional stability would be ideal to help her be more confident at speed. A responsive ski that will give her good control is a must (she already has a pair of good boots to pair with them). I'm hoping that this can be a ski she can grow into as she becomes a more confident high intermediate who can also handle more variable conditions. I still anticipate that she will be doing most of her skiing on groomers, however.
I'm worried that her current pair are holding her back - any suggestions/recommendations would be appreciated. Thanks!