I'm looking to buy my dad some skis for xmas. Here's the catch: he's 79 years old, which means he's no longer a very powerful skier. He's been skiing for about 70 years, so he knows what he's doing, he just doesn't have the legs to handle a lot of ski.
He almost exclusively sticks to on-piste and groomer blues and single blacks. But, since we primarily ski out west, I'd like to find him something that also won't discourage him in the event it snows. In the past he's opted to sit out on powder days.
So ideally, something that has super easy turn-in and doesn't have too much pop. Primarily for groomers, but is also easy for him to handle if it dumps overnight. I put him on a pair of Volkl AC30's last year and I think it was a bit too much ski for him. Btw, he's about 5'8", 170 lbs.
I posted this over in TGR but just got a bunch of fat ski suggestions. Go figure.