I am an avid skier and my boyfriend is interested in starting to ski as well. He has been out a few times with me and enjoyed it. However renting seems like a waste of money in the long run, so we are looking for a pair of used skis to get him started. My boyfriend is 6'1" and rather thin/light. We would be skiing in the Canadian Rockies.
We came across a pair of almost brand new Head John 94's with bindings for his exact boot size for a very good price. However since this is not a beginner ski, I have some concerns. The ski is 180cm (132/94/119) . It seems like they would be a perfect do-everything ski for him if he were more advanced, but I'm concerned they will be a little too long, a little too wide, and a little too stiff for him just starting out. That being said, it would be something he could definitely progress with, which is important because he can't really afford to be buying new skis ever year/couple of years. He's athletic and a quick learner, he was slaying blue runs by the end of his first day.
I have read that the factory tune is not so great and a 3 degree side edge provides better turns, so I could consider doing that.
I want him to enjoy skiing, so would really appreciate any opinions/advice on how much more difficult it would be for him to learn on a ski like this, and whether you think it would be worth it in the long run.