I finally convinced my lady to try some girl's specific skis on the free demo day on Mt Hood Meadows. She is a solid intermediate, chooses moderate speed and blue groomed. She is 5'5'', her weight she keeps for herself despite my very reasonable explanation that it is a "need to know" detail but my guess would be 130-140lbs. Her current skis 154 Rossi Zenith 5 2006 model. The demo day was ~10'' fresh and all groomed runs were pretty much full of chopped snow. She tried couple of skis, both in 152cm length:
1. Salomon Origins Diamond Z10 TI, 120-76-104, 11.4m radius - verdict: heavy, busting through the chopped stuff and lays nice arcs. No steering necessary, just Fire-and-Forget, remember to switch edges
2. Dynastar Exclusive Idyll with NX11 Fluid bindings,124-78-106, 14m radius - very light but yet stable and floaty, keeps her steady in the chopped.
Both much more floaty than her 68mm Rossis, but lightness of the Idyll was a contributing factor. So here we are and I'm looking for the Idyll in 152 with NX11 and some damage control if possible.
any other ideas will be appreciated as well