I'm not going to claim to be a particularly good skier. But I have paid great attention to ski design for the past ten years or so.
While I am shifting more toward xtal, I put in 20-40 days a year at Stevens in a normal season. I pay attention to the skiing going on around me. With a couple exceptions, the best folks on the hill the last 5+ years, regardless of conditions, are on >100 skis. Often >110. There are two reasons. First, except as a carving specialty ski, very few places demand a ski narrower than 100 these days. Modern designs have simply changed the game. Clearly there is much personal preference, but there is not longer a "need" to go so narrow. Second, per the Blister pitch - it is not a given that narrower means better learning (and I'm far from a fan of everything Blister is producing these days). Yeah - you can get too fat for a newb. And you can get too rockered. But honestly, you will not handicap yourself at all with a modern ski in the 100+ zone with sensible rocker.
I'll even claim that you will handicap yourself learning on something too narrow and too oriented toward carving by old-school driving forward. Most wider modern soft snow skis are meant to be skied pretty centered, whether you are carving or smearing. There is no reason to develop muscle memory for habits you will want to unlearn right away on different gear.
Go see what the wall at evo looks like. While the gap has closed the past few years, That wall has been the benchmark for modern skis in the region for some time. Heck, even the wall at Sturtevants looks nothing like it did 4 years ago. And they cater to a much more conservative end of the market. (though one regular here can speak to that a bit more than I can)
FWIW, I just got my first pair of sub-100 skis in over half a decade at the end of last season. After such a bust of a season I figured a screw around hard snow carver would be good fun to have. I'll mess with it now and again on hard snow days - but honestly, at 82 wide it does not even look like a ski compared to most of my fleet.
For my .02, get something in the 100-ish zone or even a shade wider. Ideally with a decent bit of tip rocker, a bit of camber, and real, but modest, tail rocker. Then find an instructor who is comfortable with that class of ski, Ideally one who does a bunch of free skiing on skis like that or wider. It can be done. Or take Leavenworth Skier up on that offer at TGR. Sounds solid to me....
Edited by spindrift - 8/12/15 at 8:47pm