I'm in the middle of instructor clinics and planning on instructing this season, for the first time.
While I am so far able to demonstrate the skills, drills and techniques for newbie skiers, I would appreciate some feedback on skis.
(Yes, my boots fit well.)
I'm 5-10, 140 lbs. My daily driver is K2 Apache Outlaw, 92mm at the waist, 170cm in length. I've had them for 3 years and pretty happy with them, looking to get something wider later this year (probably in the 98-105 range) and/or possibly powder ski as finances allow. That said, they might not be an ideal width for teaching. In soft snow they were great with the various drills, but on hardpack a bit more effort to get securely on edge.
I also have a pair of Stockli Spirit SC, 65mm at the waist, I think about 174cm in length. Picked those up last year (for $99 ) but haven't used them more than a couple of runs since we generally don't have too many really hard pack days in the PNW.
As I'm taking the clinics I'm acutely aware that most, if not all of the instruction for never-evers and other newer-to-skiing skiers is done on flat groomers. I'm thinking the Stockli's might be the better tool for this, maybe easier to cleanly demonstrate edges and wedges and such. Is there any reason a 65mm wide ski would be inappropriate for teaching?
Any other suggestions? I'd rather not spring for a new pair of skis just for teaching, not just yet at least.
Another way to ask this question: what skis do you like to use for instructing?