Originally Posted by bklyntrayc
Although you may think you are saving money by purchasing now, an initially inexpensive but poor choice will cost you more in the long run if you have to buy twice.
I suggest you wait and demo a quite a few different types of skis from a shop that will work with you. I've found most womens specific skis to be terrible, especially those geared toward intermediates, but the pink topsheets and flowers are pretty. Others love them and swear by them.
It seems you don't have much experience with the type of skis you'll want to use in CO, so take some time to demo so you know what 68 underfoot feels like vs 78 or 99. The advantage of doing your own on snow testing, is that you'll become familiar with the feel of different lengths, widths, stiffness and flex patterns and what works best for you. Most shops will refund the demo costs toward a purchase, or you can take that knowledge and buy a used pair and further reduce your costs.
The ski he got me was fun, but I decided I wanted something more kick, so I bought another to compliment the one I had, then another, then last year the Metron.....hence the quiver.