Lets not forget the OP's feedback.
My girlfriend finally wants to upgrade her 10 year old Fischer World Cup RC-4's from her High School racing days in Northern VT. She is moving away from ripping up the mountain like a GS run and likes hitting the bumps and trees more with me.
She is 5' 6", weighs 130 and is expert level, IMO. She has been skiing since she was 3 and just destroys me on the slopes (it would be embarrassing if it wasn't so awesome). We were in Tahoe last spring and she demo'ed the Line Soulmate's (98 waist). We had a very Eastern like day at Heavenly since they hadn't gotten snow in a month. She rode the Soulmate's like a fine tuned German Sports car; I think they are what she should be looking at (I love the Prophet 98's, so biased).
She's also looking at the Blizzard Black Pearl and Volkl Kenja's. We ski almost exclusively in VT and NH, with a trip out west every couple of years. She wants to be able to rip like she can in race skis, but also have the response and flex needed for bumps and trees. It's hard to find a ski that can do both things awesome and not just good.
What do you all recommend? I'd love to here from other women on the forum who are similar in ability. Also, she hates the graphics on most women's skis....she prefers the look of men's skis.
Yeah, she is learning that. I like trees, bumps and powder. She has learned to love them as well, but still likes to just let loose on a groomer every now and then.
I think the way to go is lean a little more towards a ski for the bumps, trees (like the Aura's) and whip out her Fischer's for those icy days.
The Auras's are not necessarily the most forgiving in bumps and trees. I'd still lean toward my post
Head Rev85 (unisex ski) if you want to stay in the narrower side of midfat.
Nordica Hells Belles for a bit wider and pretty aggressive.
Blizzard Samba if she's good with something on the wide side of midfat (98mm) that really responds to someone who knows how to make RRX and is still playful in the trees and bumps.