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Skis advice for my wife

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Some advice needed please.

My wife is late in life to skiing (started when she was 40) , now done 6 weeks with lessons every time.

Hated it for 1-3 years . Has slowly come around and in our recent trip to Selva - she was coping fine with steep reds back to resort .
Parallel turns but not really carved.

To try and keep her keen , I bought her some boots after year one and skis after holiday #3.

She is 152 cm tall and weighs circa 50 kilos.

I bought her some Dynastar Neva 78 in 145 cm length.
An all mountain ski with tip and tail rocker (they were on a huge discount at Glisshop) .

She has got on OK with them but I do wonder if she needs something more piste focused to really get to grips with carving?

Bit narrower and perhaps shorter?

To try and help it all click into place?
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@sheffskibod, As far as shorter and narrower is concerned, a 78 is pretty narrow for all-mountain skis and you'll probably struggle to go shorter than 145, which sounds about the right length anyway.

I think I have tested the Neva 78 (the yellow topsheet ones), and as per my general experience with Dynastar, they were too soft and a bit flappy, but very easy to ski. Boringly so. So the skis shouldn't really be presenting any problems, and a more piste-oriented ski (which probably won't be much narrower) may be too stiff if she's struggling.

Really, you should get your wife to come here and describe how she's feeling as there may be better suggestions to be made than just throwing different skis at the problem until she comes around...
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I'm not sure what ski would suit best...but her Ski length looks about right to me.
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Cheers for the responses so far @Scarlet, @Old Fartbag

Perhaps its just confidence she needs. Fear of falling might be a limiting factor.

Will just have to plan more trips Very Happy

And maybe rent some different skis to see if it makes any difference.
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@sheffskibod, fear can definitely be a limiting factor, but I don't think at this stage you're going to find skis much more confidence building than what you have! This is good – spend your rental money on some private lessons and you might findyou get better results Very Happy
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@sheffskibod, IMO. It goes like this: Lessons from a good instructor -> More Confidence -> Handle better Skis. It certainly doesn't usually work the other way round. Toofy Grin

EDIT. Scarlet got there first.
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Thanks all.

In past holidays , she has always wanted to be the fastest person in a slow group (and has never wanted to push herself)

However in Selva , she found herself a little bored / frustrated as the (intermediate) group was almost too slow for her .... I think this is a good sign she is prepared to push herself a bit more.

She had a private lesson in year 1 and found it too full on. Maybe now is the time to return to that for some specific focus.

I had a good experience with New Gen in Courcheval (lesson was for my son , was just a boys trip) so maybe I will seek them (or similar) out.

Maybe I should get to VDI and seek out Steve Angus...
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I remember someone’s wife getting a lot better after he turned up with a male instructor for her who was particularly easy on the eye (her words).
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Orange200 wrote:
I remember someone’s wife getting a lot better after he turned up with a male instructor for her who was particularly easy on the eye (her words).

I have also witnessed that - and it wasn't somebody else's wife. Toofy Grin
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I’m a similar height and have used similar all purpose skis the same length. Having learnt as an adult, I second the other posts that it’s best to focus on increasing confidence in finding an instructor she clicks with to optimise technique, and keeping super fit, strong and flexible (as falling in your 40s is less fun than in one’s 20s), rather than the skis. No harm in renting different types though.
She sounds motivated, which is great. My husband and children all started aged 5, 5, 3 respectively so I had to keep up! Definitely more ski trips needed....
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