Hi Everyone, I just joined ballofspray! I have been skiing for a while, but my husband and I just bought a Mastercraft ProStar and I decided I needed to actually buy a real ski to go with it. I have been skiing whatever mostly fits that's in the ski shed, which happens to be a really old O'Brien competition slalom ski, like 25+ years old I am sure. I am sure it was great back in the day, but skis have changed a lot since then. I have pretty much plateaued and need something to help me improve and get some more confidence to ski harder. I ski open water, about 26mph. I don't turn that hard (but I want to!) and don't really link my turns very well. Sometimes it takes a couple of times before I get up and crashing isn't uncommon! I am told I need to ski faster, like 28mph and I need to learn how to cut through the wake better. I want to improve and maybe try the course someday thought I am pretty far from that! I would still like a ski I can improve with. I have tired an inexpensive beginner slalom ski but wasn't a fan. I am not all that familiar with the latest and greatest, but whatever I can get I am sure will be an improvement. I don't want to spend more than $500 and am hoping to bet a deal on ski it again or somewhere online. So far, I am looking at HO TX, HO CX and looks like the Radar Lyric is popular, but I can't find a good deal on that ski. My husband is a proficient slalom skier and working on improving in the course and loves his HO CX. I am 5'1" about 120lbs, so I am thinking a 65" would be good. Any recommendations would be appreciated!! Thanks!