My wife is looking to pick a second pair of skis to complement what she already has (Blizzard Viva 7.6 in 156 length).
She's currently about a level 7 skier, hangs out on black/blue runs. East coast around 40 days/year (Sat/Sun every weekend) with the occasional trip west.
She loves the Viva for its quick, fast turns. It transitions easily from short to wide turns and doesn't seem to have a speed limit which she says is a lot of fun and was exactly what she wanted when we bought it.
For a new ski she'd like something with a little more width to handle the crud and something that would not punish her for skiing slow, gentle turns which the Viva doesn't really like to do. She's considering becoming an instructor next year and is concerned that the Viva doesn't handle the slower speeds as well.
Thanks for any suggestions you can provide!