Originally Posted by BigE
The ski alone won't do all that.
Using braking as the default technique is the trouble. Usually means the skier "turns all at once"; ie, there is nothing progressive about the turn..... that will take some instruction, not new skis.
I am not sure I have done a good job explaining what specifc skills or masteries she is going to work on. Partly becuase I don't know. Certainly she will be getting some additional coaching at an updoming ESA. I am not a coach, not trained in MA, and cannot say anythign specificly as far as what she should work on. I know that she wants so work on some stuff to become more dynamic in her skiing overall and that she needs a ski to practice advanced and expert level technical skiing.
As far as the ski fixing anythign... I think she is looking to get a ski that will help to reveal what is not working, not to help fix anything per se. Ideally the ski would be demanding of proper technique and rewarding when skied correctly. My experience is that different skis give feed back that helps a skier do different things better. Being on the right equipment, equipment that tells you to do the right things, can make skiing and learning much easier. I don't think new equipment is going to magicly improve things all by its self. However if you are going to pay $1000 for ESA then it also makes sense to pay $200 for the right tool to help her learn while she is there.
I sort of wish I still had a narrow carver in my quiver. They ar ea hoot to ski on. Even if she doesn't learn anythign from it, it shodl be fun. I don't see how a SL ski could be a bad idea. Worst case scenario she doesn't ski them and we sell them in a year or two.