One of my friends recently asked me about skis. She's also 5'8ish, and ~120lbs. She skis bulletproof/hardpack groomers 90% of the time, sometimes hardpack bumps, and teaching lessons through to around level 7. I'd say she has a more "finesse" style than power. Skis at a moderate pace. Last winter she had a knee injury and I believe there's still some laxness in the ligaments, but as long as the physio/doctor give her their blessing, she hopes to ski this winter.
Given the terrain and snow conditions up here, I'd normally suggest instructors try a recreational race ski sharpened to 0.5 base/4 edge; something like a Fischer RC4 GS, or a Head Integrale 1000 for a lower speed ride. But I'm uncomfortable making this recommendation because:
- I'm concerned that a rec race ski would introduce way too much shock in her knee
- I don't know what girl skis feel like, or the issues for girls to work a shorter unisex ski
- Many people seem to suggest that 85mm waists are as good as 72mm waists for Ontario groomers
I'm thinking she needs something that's damp (to absorb the vibrations), and neither noodly nor particularly stiff. Something like the Salomon Enduro is likely too stiff, but has the right dampness. The Integrale 1000 on the other hand is soft enough, but probably transmits too much vibration. She also commented that she likes the idea of a "light" ski (which I can understand - though lightness tends to conflict with dampness).
So what kinds of characteristics would you suggest in a ski for my friend? What ski models would you suggest?