My girlfriend has a pair of Nordica Olympia Drives in a 146cm. length.(76mm. underfoot). She is 5'2", 120#, level 6, and skis at moderate speeds, in the west, particularly in Cali (Mammoth, Tahoe). She has had trouble with these skis in heavy crud and deeper snow as they deflect and get knocked around quite easily. She will likely keep just the Nordica Drives and one other ski, so it has to be somewhat versatile, not a powder specialty ski.
So question is, in terms of width underfoot, for a woman of this size, where should we be looking? I know that for myself, at 165 lbs., but an aggressive level 7, for a ski to be able to give me decent float in powder (say knee high) and bust some crud, it's about the 94-105mm. range if not higher. But does she really need something that wide?
The other question of course is what length? For her, nose high is about 150cm..head high is around 158cm...and I'm guessing with twin-tips it's the same rule of adding around 8-10cm. to match running length...
one model I was looking at was the Fischer Vision Zeal, which seems to be similar to, say a Watea 84..but it's 84cm. underfoot at 159cm...and 88 mm. under foot at 168cm....but not sure if this is gonna be big enough