Any suggestions as to what we should look at or demo? Budget is tight, so we would probably look to pick up used ones. I'd prefer to start looking at a 1-2 year old model rather than brand new stuff.
Thank you in advance!!!
Agree on the Fischer Progressors. Another option is one of the Head Supershapes, however it may be tough to find leftovers at this point. A third option is a consumer race ski like the Fischer Superior SC and RC. A bit more demanding and less versatile than the Progressors or Supershapes, but a step up on the groomers.
I second Epic's suggestion of the Fire Arrows. The 76 would be perfect for your wife, and the 84 Pro would likely suit your size to a T.
I had the 84 EDT. It likes to go REALLY fast, to the point that I found it "shortened" my local Mt. Hood Runs too much (though they were a BLAST at Sun Valley). They just kept begging me to go faster and straighter.
FWIW, I'm near 200 pounds during the ski season.