So, my son's best buddy has had to give up hockey this season. Too many concussions and a bout with mono have made his doctor nix competitive hockey for his safety.
He's been skiing instead and is ready to buy some skis. As a hockey player, obviously he is ramping up fast (used to ski but at age 8 had to quit for hockey). Caveat: I have not skied with him yet, but he is a fantastic athlete, and as he is a skater I am confident he has (or soon will have) darn good technique. Before he buys we are going to do a demo up at the mountain so he can figure out what he likes and doesn't, but I'm pretty sure we'll be looking at something between 175-180, 90-100 underfoot, and appropriately "sick" for a high school senior. Budget ... lower is better. He has a job, will be paying himself, so I want to keep it used, or at least pretty cheap.
He is in rental boots now, too -- he understands a skate fit, so we will work on that here in person. He is 6'1", 160, wiry athlete. If you have a narrow 26 lying around, though, let me know.