Let me suggest something different than the usual suspects.
Because your daughter is in Italy, she would have access to skis made at the Blossom plant which is located there. Not only does Blossom sell its own branded skis, it makes boards for VIST, Hart and other high end labels.
As the owner of a pair of VIST carvers and their fraternal twin, the Hart Phoenix, I can attest to their pedigree and quality. With dimensions of 116-66-101, the math tells half the story. The other is the wonderful quality and feel of these very well-crafted skis.
As a Mainer, I am no stranger to hardpacked and icy conditions. That is when I reach for the VIST's or Hart's. With a 1/3 bevel and sharp edges, they are a scalpel. I do find the VIST's less forgiving than the Hart sibling, but that is likely due to the VIST comp plates on them. VIST has a brilliant modular system that allows you to mount a plate and then move the toe and heel up and down the length of the plate, fine tuning the ride to taste. The plate on my VIST's definitely adds stiffness. But the recreational plate (TT plate shown) on my Phoenix's does not.
My wife skis on a pair of the VIST carvers and loves them. She is a solid intermediate and has no difficulty with them - even with the stiff plate. But they are, for her, like a driving a Porsche around town.
The VIST's, so far as I know, are not available in the US, except, perhaps, at the Nordic House in Stratton, Vt. They certainly are available in Italy. But they are costly skis - probably in the $1000 range.
In the alternative, I would absolutely jump on this deal:
Get them in the 158cm length. This is an extraordinary ski at a stupid good price. On them, she could leave all those heartbroken young Italian men in the dust.
I wish your daughter happy trails.
PS: I owned and skied the Supersonic for a few years. It is a vary capable ski. But the VIST/Phoenix are in another league.
Edited by deliberate1 - 12/28/14 at 9:36am