I apologize for yet another 'Which Ski Size' post but I have searched high and low on both the internet and in this forum and cannot find a definitive answer so any help is really appreciated:
I am 6'-5" and weigh between 210 and 215 lbs. I grew up skiing on straight skis but then took a 10 year hiatus from the sport, I am just getting back into it the past two years. I purchased boots last year and am looking at purchasing skis this year before I take a trip to Winterpark near Denver at the end of February. Based on my past experience and the speed with which skiing is all coming back to me I would consider myself a low end expert or advanced skier. I stick to the groomed slopes and like to take black diamonds fast, I never really skied much in powder though I will muck around in it if it is around.
I am looking at purchasing last years K2 Apache Crossfire skis because I am finding some really good deals on them online and I am on a limited budget. Also my brother has these skis and really likes them and we are the same weight, height, skiing style etc (people think we are twins when we are out and about together).
My question is whether I should order the Crossfires in the 177cm or 184cm length? My brother was sized for and skis the 08/09 crossfires, which suprises me because all the size charts indicate he should be skiing the 184cm, especially because he is definitely an advanced skier (more so than me).
I would be really grateful for any insight that anyone can give me regarding whether I should follow my brothers lead and get last years crossfires in the 177cm or if I would be best getting the 184cm crossfires. I also understand that K2 skis are mellower and damper than say Volkl's skis which is fine with me, but does this mean a longer ski in the K2 crossfire is going to be more manageable than the same ski in the Volkl AC30 or AC50?
Thanks in advance for the help.