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What skis to rent for my parents?

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It would be the first time my father's on carving skis...he's been skiing for a long time (most recently on some 180cm Fischer skinny skis). He's an intermediate skier - covered a lot of miles but doesn't go for tough stuff. It would be great to get him skis that would help in the transition from old school to carving.

My mother is a low intermediate, happy cruising blues and at best reds. She's been on some very early carving skis, a bit of sidecut but not as much as today's models.

Suggestions welcome - model, length (I guess height minus 10/15cm), etc.. Also, should I get from the ski shop Intermediate or Advanced Equipment? (I'm thinking Advanced may be maintained better, it should be fine for my father, but will it be too hard for my mother?)

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How about B1w's for Mum and B1 or B2's for Dad, both at nose height?

Only because I'll bet all hire shops carry them and they can all be skiied fairly well with modern or older techniques. Or so I hear.
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Just warn them not to try so hard and they'll be fine - I very definately remember my first outing on carvers (after years on straights then a big break) and once you get the hang of not needing to inititate turns much it's plain sailing...

I still ski very old style (weight on one leg, legs fairly close together, HUP unweight to initiate etc) and the ony carvers that have ever given me issues were some Salomon crossmax - which I hated. Rossignol and atomics have always been fine (beta pul 9.18/C9, rossignol t power and whatever their predeccessors were) which is usually what I end up on after my mini rant to the tech about the crossmax Happy

Personally I wouldn't worry too much - rental shops carry gear because it is good for run of the mill holiday skiing, which sounds like your parents level, I'm sure they'll be plenty of models that suit. I always take intermediate skis and maintainence has never been particularly poor. Usually only 1 season old.

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How about a lesson for them both so they can think a little about what they should be doing to benefit from going to shorter or manoeuvrable skis?

If you're going to be in the shop with them at the time of renting just make sure they don't end up on anything with too much sidecut (Metrons etc) as if they're still skiing like frenchies they'll have a nightmare on them.

Whenever I've hired skis (not that often) I'm really not that bothered by models - I go in the easiest shop (or cheapest Wink) and just get on with it.
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