This is my first post. Obviously I am popping in here 'cause I need some help. Hopefully some of you here won't mind helping me out even though I'm not an established community member.
I just got back from my wife's parent's place in France and we brought her skis back. The airlines conveniently destroyed one of her skis despite the fact that they were in a hard sided lifetime warranty case. They must've put several hundreds of pounds across them. The skis were Rossi DV Pros, 183cm, 64mm sidecut. About 88-90mm up front and about 75mm in back. She's been renting here in the USA and clearly says she isn't keen on the whole fat ski thing and was really looking forward to having *her* skis again.
I realize that they don't make 'em quite like this anymore but I think she'll be wanting to get close to the same feel and style that she enjoyed with her old skis. We live in Southern Appalachia so that'll be our primary snow conditions (i.e. not enough of it). She is an advanced to expert level skier.
Any suggestions on new skis that would fit the bill or a line on where to come across old stock or good condition used skis in that would suit her would be very appreciated. Also very helpful would be info on how much I should be trying to get the the airlines to compensate us for the damage (i.e. how much it will cost to purchase the replacement skis and have the bindings swapped over).
Thanks very, very much to anyone that can help out.