Ghost, Your question is bouncing a bit. You started with skier levels, then migrated to ski equipment, now we are at the crux of a secondary market 5 star (Porsche) suitability for your daughter. So now that we know what the question really is, you know the drill: height, weight, skier ability and intention, terrain and past skis that worked well or not. A Porsche is a fine ski with great edge hold, but it does take some force to bend. That said, I know a lot of young women that highly praise the ski, even for bump skiing. I have not seen an actual review specific to the Porsche, which more like the early 2002 - 2003 5 star/ P50 without integrated bindings.
Also, I agree with Greg's description of Expert. Sadly his dad and friends are younger than me. I think there are many level 9 skiers on this forum. Relatively few will admit it because its immodest and implies that a skier is at the top levels of skill and athleticism. I see level 9 as many shades of expertise built on the foundation of levels 1-8. In level 9 one may become a racer, freestyler, backcountry powder hound or refined recreational expert, instructor or ski patroller. The options for expertise are so varied and broad, no one can claim to be an expert of all. I have my areas of expertise, and try to become better in others. That is level 9, and probably describes many members here, although most will characterize themselves as advanced. Its kind of like calling a Carerra an advanced car. Many would consider it quite expert, but there is always something else out there that can beat it in turns or straighaways, offroad, fuel efficiency...get the picture? Lots of ways to define an expert or more accurately, "specialist"
Originally Posted by Ghost
I take it your take on it is that "advanced" = level 8.
Yes, but more importantly, would the "advanced" skis suit my daughter? (eg. Volkl Porsche GTS aka old 5*s with a cool name on sale cheap, or Balanze 11, or ....i.xrc). Problem is she needs stability and grip for hard icy conditions at speed, but not hair trigger full-force response, also a ski that will skid a turn, as she never learned skidded parallel turns on her way from stem christie to parallel carved turns (I just told her how the skis worked and she was carving) and it seems she could use some practice at that. She prefers a heavy stable ski to a hyperactive light one, but still should have one that turns fairly effortlessly.