> In general, will buying from a website online be less expensive than a
> retail store?
Try to find a ski shop or boat dealer that will let you try out (demo)
a few skis so that you can pick the one you like the most. Some may
charge a small fee to do this, but they should refund it back to you
in the purchase of a new ski. This is the best way to find a ski you
will be really happy with. Things have really changed over the last
5-10 years and different skis will be very feel very different from
each other. By buying on line, you won't really know what you are
getting and a good ski shop or dealer should be priced very
competetively with on-line or mail order.
> Do they make a ski that is easier to get up on for
> slalom? Also, what difference does the width of a ski make?
Wider skis will be much easier to get up on, but also have their
limits as far as performance. I think a wide ski would be a very good
choice for you to start out on. If you get to a point that you really
like to cut hard and ski the slalom course, then a wide ski will start
to hold you back, but they are best to learn on.
Try out both types and see what works best for you. Good luck.