I am a 42 year old man from Denmark who has been skiing for pretty much 40 years, even if I only ski for one week a year - typically in Norway or France. Back in the first part of the 00's I had sort of gotten fed up with skiing. It didn't excite me all that much anymore. At this point I had NEVER owned a pair of skis. Always rented. I did own my own set of boots though. Anyway, in 2008 I decided that I really wanted for my wife and kids to learn how to ski so I went out with my wife to buy her some skiing clothes. Somehow we ended up going on a serious spending spree that day buying tons of stuff, included skis for both her and myself. This was a pretty big gamble, but it paid off.
The pair I got was a pair of Dynastar Speed Course 172 cm skis. I was sceptical, as I had previously always had skis that were at least 185 cm and often 190cm+ (I am 188 cm - about 6'2 - myself and weigh about 82 kg - about 180 lbs). Anyway, on the very first ride on my new skis I knew I had made a great purchase. What a feeling. I immediately rediscovered my love for skiing and infact even more than before. These skis were fantastic. They just cut through the mountain. I finally taught myself to carve, whereas I had learned skiing the old-fashioned way back in the early 80's. I loved and still love how amazingly stable these skis are at high speeds and I have always loved going FAST. I am definitely an advanced skiier, although calling myself an expert would be a stretch. I almost exclusively ski on-piste. Going really freaking fast with huge carve swings on a nicely groomed red or black piste is my favourite thing. Even blues are alright if I can have the space to go fast.
Anyway, as much as I love my Dynastar Speed Course 2008 skis, one of the skis is starting to break apart, so I should start looking for something new. Which leads me to my first batch of questions.
1) Has there been much progress in skiing technology over the last 9 years? Should I expect to get something even better than my Dynastars or should I be happy getting something as good as them?
2) Basically I want something like my old Dynastars. Something that has a superb edge hold that you can go really fast on with great stability. I don't care about off piste skiing and powder is rare where I ski, so we are talking regular groomed pistes or at times icy pistes in Norway or France. Would you have any recommendations? Would something like Rossignol Hero Elite LT TI or Dynastar Speed Zone 12 TI be what I am looking for?
Now for my wife. She has now been on seven skiing vacations since 2009 (each lasting a week) and has progressed from beginner to intermediate, or possibly even advanced intermediate. However, she is still a fairly cautious skiier. She is not decidedly slow, but certainly not fast either. She can ski on groomed blacks but avoids bumpy pistes and icy pistes and is generally most happy on groomed reds and blues. She has zero interest in off piste skiing or powder skiing. Strickly on piste skiing. We are now at a point where I feel like her beginners skis are pulling her development back, so we are looking to buy a new pair for her. We want something that is good for intermediates but are more stable at higher speeds than beginner skis. Some stats: She is 40 years old, is 6 foot tall (183 cm) and weighs about 66 kg (146 lbs). For some reason she cares quite a lot about how the skis look, so she really likes these very girly looking skis Atomic Vantage X 77 CTI. Would these likely be a good fit for her?
Any input is appreciated. While I am a very good skiier and have been skiing for 40 years, I really know very little about skiing equipment.