After a long hiatus we got back to skiing last year. She is stuck in the intermediate rut in a big way. I think some new skis and boots may help her A) Improve, and B) probably of more import to her, have some more fun while skiing. We ski at Powder Mountain (northern Wasatch) and the terrain she prefers is mellow and on-trail. On a 1-10 scale of aggressiveness, she is about a negative 4. No kidding, she just likes to tool around at slower speeds and have fun. She's never going to really 'get after it,' it just isn't her personality type. That's ok, but I would like to get her into a ski that may help her start enjoying some powder, especially since Powder Mountain has an incredible amount of terrain and very little of it is groomed. We're not living in UT for the night life, right?
So, last season she rented the Salomon Q-85's for a day to see what the new-tech was like and she skied more assertively and with greater speed (relative, of course!) than I have ever seen her do. I forget the length but I think they were 167cm. Her turn transitions were much quicker than her usual stem-christie and she was obviously more comfortable on the blue runs. There was nothing notable about the conditions; it hadn't snowed in a few weeks and we were on firm packed-powder groomers (ie lousy for UT).
So, she is 5' 6" and about 160 lbs. She has taken a liking to the Salomon Q-96 Lumen but I am worried that it might be too much of a ski. I do like the rocker-camber-rocker profile as I think that will help her out. Is 96 too wide for a person that skis at slower speeds on groomers? She doesn't angulate into her turns.
Another ski I was thinking about is the Rossignol Savory / Saffron / Sassy but the only thing I have heard about them is that they are akin to the men's Soul & (I haven't skied it but understand it is easy and fun). Also, she doesn't ski nearly as much as I do; maybe 8-10 days per year if that is a factor. Therefore maybe something in last year's model to soften the purchase price.
Thanks for any suggestions on models and/or sizes.
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