Kate and I spent a morning turning them at Keystone. Day 003 was not very comfortable due to Day 002. We managed to make it through my blisters and ever present 99.7 fever. tell you the truth I about passed out at the bottom of the outback. lets pass over my problems and move into Kates advancements. We learned a few things.
Kate is essentially a beginner skier. 5-6 days last season with a heavy devotion going into 2010-2011. I personally cant wait to make her a pair of skis. A pair of skis that scream at the establishment and advance her into the realm of "more fun". We had a miscue and forgot her K2 "whatever luvs". The "whatever luvs" are an ok ski. They got her through 5-6 days and she is way past them. Does the industry sell "Kates" these skis so they will sell more skis? I would think so. If i cut them in half, i would find some poplar, some triaxial fiberglass and some base material. All low grade, cheap and just right to make a simple, low end ski. We got her a wider more "performance" ski. Well, at least wider, I figure around 95mm from the look of them and it had a little metal, titanium is my guess. I am sure they have a lightweight core as it is a "female specific ski". Long story short Kate did much better delivering power to the edges, busting through crud, and her speed increased. The issue is, her DIN needed to tighten, not the one in her head, just her bindings.
Long story short
Never compromise on a ski purchase. A ski will never allow Joe blow to ski like Harkin Banks (sorry had to do it) but we would recommend that if you have potential in you, don't ever let that potential be relegated in the "whatever luv" because it was 30$ cheaper or "some dude ski shop guy" said this one is the best for "Kates".