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Beginner Skier's First Ski?

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My wife put on the planks for the first time last year. Rental equiptment is out for this year. The lines and equipment quality make for a poor time getting on the slopes and staying there. Donna skied three days last year and is 48 years old - 5'3 and 125 lb. Being a late comer to the sport, her progress was slow, but she really enjoyed herself. I want to get her skis which will allow her to progress further and which will allow her to learn her way around the slopes. My local ski shop suggested that there are two ways to go: (I) a volkyl 142 energy beginner-intermediate carver or a 120 Atomic, with the 120 Atomic probably being the better of the two until she progresses more. The 120's seem sooo short, but I am told lots of skiers play around with them and that they are a good fun learning length. Any thoughts or comments?? Thanks,
Stan
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120s are very short, but your wife is very small. It depends on the specific ski, but that does sound awfully short. Is it a kids ski? If she were to go with the Volkl, I imagine that they would be in the 148cm range.
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Check out some Atomic 8.18s in maybe a 140-150.

My wife learned on those skis in 150 and advanced extremely quickly but she outgrew them as she is not petite and has very strong legs.

We sold them to a friend who is around your wife's size and she is doing very well on those skis.
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