Originally Posted by bmg97
Thanks for the info. I am just trying to find a ski stiff enough and I would guess 194" and up. Most skis that length are race or fat powder skis with 100mm under foot. Im also trying to keep it cheap without buying used. Its going to be hard to fit all that criteria.
You won't find very many frontside skis (which is what he probably wants if you're skiing in New England, unless he plans on going off-trail a lot) bigger than 180-185mm in length. There are skis that are plenty stiff in those lengths -- especially racing or "recreational racing" skis.
You do NOT want 100mm-wide powder skis for icy Eastern conditions. :-) If you're skiing out West it may be a different story.
Most used skis, unless they've sustained some sort of actual damage or were used for more than 2-3 seasons, are likely to have plenty of life left in them. Another option would be renting/demoing if your friend is not planning on skiing that often (although I'd still recommend buying your own boots.)