Originally Posted by mtcyclist
I would question why you are only considering Volkl. There are so many companies that make skis that are as good and in some cases better than Volkl. But, if you really want to stick with Volkl, try to get her on a pair of RTM77 or 80. Volkl says they're for advanced skiers but when I demoed the RTM84 I really felt like it was pretty easy to just relax and cruise along, but if I wanted to "up my game" the skis would respond accordingly. These things are ridiculously easy to ski on or off piste. Other than that, consider the Nordica Belle to Belle or the Atomic Affinity Storm or Pure. If possible she really needs to demo some skis so she can pick what she likes.
Sadly I don't really know much or had someone close to me that knew much about skiing , most of my friends snowboard. Volkls marketing made it easy for me to figure out what would be logical upgrades
I started on ac10s unlimited
To a pair of racetigers when I started doing gs and then I picked up a pair of tigersharks for rec sking.
It was easy to tell what lines would do what based on their website .
For me I can't really tell what a 124-78-100 vs a 126-75-108 would do differently . So it's hard to tell which ski is more for groomers vs powder when comparing skis between brands . Also I can't tell what would be heavier and harder to flex between brands .
I was between the volkl Tierra but I saw some women had issues turning them an they felt heavy to get in and out of the turns on that skidivia site . I am thinking the 2013 chiara would be better because it is 20% lighter and releases from turns easier .
We looked at the k2s and the graphics look really nice like the Chiaras . She is just afraid of getting an intermediate ski and by the end of next season wishing she had something more stable at high speeds . (She was really surprised that the rentals she had felt bulky her first day this year vs on her 6-7th day feeling very sketchy at higher speeds)
The way she put it was along the lines of " I want something that won't require an exponential increase in energy to get edge to edge (ie not too heavy ) however I'm afraid if I get something too intermediate marketed it won't hold an edge well once I am doing steeper verticle "
Mind you we live in north nj and ski in NY and VT so it's mostly artificial packed snow we encounter for 80% of the year .