My fiance and I love skiing, but she has not had much of an opportunity to ski in the last 4 years due to med school. She's looking to get back into it this year (finally!), and I'd like your thoughts on gear for her. Below is some background information:
My fiance is 5'4" and ~135lbs.
My fiance has been skiing since she was a child. However, she's always used hand-me-down gear and has never been properly geared up, nor has she received extensive formal education. Nearly all of her experience has been with poor-fitting boots and straight, old-school skis. That said, she is confident on the slopes and can get down nearly any frontside slope.
This winter, we are both enrolled in a month-long "development" course at our local mountain, which is basically an extended small group lesson. We meet with an instructor every weekend for 4 weekends.
In the future, we'll probably stick to on-piste skiing mostly. We are planning to move next year, but we don't know where this will be yet. There is a good chance, we'll be in the west with close access to bigger mountains (Whistler, Tahoe, etc.). Right now, we're stuck on the east coast mini-mountains.
Boots - We went to a fitter and got everything set up a few weeks ago for this.
Skis - Initially, we were thinking of renting performance skis for this season as she "learns" the technique for shaped skis. This will also allow her to try out a few different brands/shapes and see what she likes. But, I'm finding some good deals online, and I'm wondering if it makes sense to just go ahead and buy skis now. In particular, I found a good deal on a 160cm 2012 Rossi Experience 83. Should we just spring for this now?
If we start doing a lot of off-piste skiing, we'll prob start thinking about adding a second, wider ski into the quiver.
Thanks for your help!