firstly- I need to update the information from my original post. I went back and double checked, and the skis are actually iM75s, 170cm in length (114-75-103). She is about 150lb if that helps. Also - the LX82s in 164cm that she skied have a 127mm shovel, and were not a problem but the Heads Rev 85 pros have a 130mm shovel, and there was significant clattering between tips when skiing them.
Secondly-I'm new to the forum, but I can't quite understand a couple of your comments:
"Well, if she would ski properly it would open up a lot of opportunity's ski wise".
Well, she has been skiing for over 35 years, was brought up skiing in France from the age of 6, where she was taught "properly" to ski with her feet tight together, with the ability to transition effortlessly from short, tight turns to GS, to bumps, or whatever comes her way. She can ski anything that the mountain throws at her while maintaining fantastic form, whether on ice, hardpack, slush or powder, but hasn't resorted to having to widen her stance.
"77mm is way to skinny to be an every day ski out west."
We have lived in CA for 15 years, skiing anywhere up to 30 days a year up in Tahoe, skiing all conditions from slush to cement, to 6 feet of fresh dump. Neither of us has skied on anything wider than a 75 underfoot in that time. You don't need snowboards on both feet to ski in deep snow, crud or slush if you have good technique and can ski "properly". It may come as a surprise, but the iM75 was once considered a "mid-fat" ski (when it launched) targeted for off-piste performance while retaining stability on the groomers (both of which it achieves very well).
As with you, I don't mean to be rude, but I do find it astonishing that people think that it is somehow impossible, or no fun, to ski on anything other than corduroy without resorting to a fatter ski.
That all said, given how skis have moved over the years, you'll notice that most of the skis she tested were indeed 85-90 underfoot, but all were compromised in some regard. What I was hoping for by posting was to see if anyone had any thoughts on what she could try? It is clear there is a huge amount of knowledge and expertise with different skis here, and we are simply looking for some advice.
Any opinions on Kastle BMX78, LX72? Head Rev80, Rev90? A modern-day equivalent to (and yes I am continuing to date myself) Salomon X-screams, or Dynstar Intuitivs?
Thanks for any opinions and help,