About the snow... 25 cm (10 in) is a serious dump. Usually one or two per winter. Usually there are 10 to 15 cm of fresh snow. Nothing serious, but it is possible to learn to ski.
Once a year we try to go skiing to mountains - Austria, Slovakia, Georgia. If we are lucky, we get a snowfall. Usually the snow is heavy since Europe gets it from Atlantic storms.
My first and last (at least I hope so) experience with ski rental was in Georgia. They weren't waxed... piste skis were too short and soft, powder skis were too heavy, sinking and stiff (Rossignol Bandit 108)... I don't want to rent skis anymore... And I don't want my wife to rent skis - she doesn't deserve it.
That's why I bought http://www.epicski.com/products/pale-l4y-wicked these skis for myself and now I am looking for something for my wife.
About my wife. She is skiing for 8 years. Under 20 days per winter. She skis groomers fast - personal best is 93km/h measured by AlpineReplay android app. But she goes faster than she should. When it comes to bad visibility, heavy and chopped snow she loses her confidence and struggles.
As for powder - she is a complete beginner. She has skied one real powder day.
She needs skis which would give her confidence... Sort of extra skill... When she gets confidence, she goes faster, skis float better, they are easier to turn -> happy wife -> happy me :)
Originally Posted by Trekchick
Sorry for adding confusion to the mix, but......
when you have powder what sort of powder is it?
- Light and fluffy
- High moisture and heavier
- Inconsistent and mixed
What sort of skier is your wife? (you can pick more than one, or add to the description)
- Hard Charger
- Light footed and finesse
The sort of ski and length depends on this.
Mark is on target with the size of the ski in relation to the skier.
For instance I'm 5'6"(167 cm) 135 lbs (61kg) and I ski powder skis in the 170 ish length. When I go shorter it feels squirrelly and unstable.
When I go longer it feels unmanagable.
Getting the right length will make a difference in how stable she feels.