How is everyone doing? New to the site and have found a good amount of information on here already but like my name says I am in over my head. I am just going to come out and say it... Yes, I am a knuckle dragger (a term my father and the old guys use for snowboarders). I have been doing a lot of research to get my girl friend the perfect ski to make her happy and I have come across the 2013 Salomon Rockette. It is labelled as an all mountain ski and are 153 length with dimensions 130-86-114. She is about 5 foot 2 130 pounds (maybe lighter I am not really sure) and is a very experienced skier that could use a little work on her technique.
So this is where things get interesting. We are from MA and would ride Sunday River almost every weekend until this year when we moved to Anchorage AK. Right now she rides some hand me downs from her brother that are also 153 and 73 underfoot. She does fine on them but last year had a lot of trouble in the couple of powder days we got to ride. Here is my question, is the 86 underfoot going to help her in powder or should I get her something 100 underfoot and she can ride her old skis when its not a powder day?
My research has shown that the rocker tips will help her stay up in the snow but the skinner midsection will allow her to also ride the lower part of Alyeska (the resort here in AK) where she will run into groomers, mashed potatoes, ice, and bumps. We are also interested in doing some backpacking and reviews show that these are very light so thats got to be a plus?
So to recap my rant. If she is happy with the pair she has now should I get her a new pair purely for powder (100+ underfoot) or will these Rockettes be sufficient for a good skier new to powder?