Hi All, Based in part on some glowing reviews here and elsewhere, I recently purchased a pair of new 2009 Volkl Gotama's as a soft-snow/powder (when we get it in Maine) alternative to my 173cm Volkl Racetiger RC's. I'm 45 years old, 5'10", 185 lbs., and an advanced skier. I bought the 176cm Volkl Gotama's, as that was the only size left, and I figured that they'd be OK, as my 173cm Racetiger's suit me quite well.
After I purchased the Gotama's (of course), I also found some threads here and elsewhere discussing how the 2009 Gotama's ski "short" and are, in fact, shorter than labeled. I put a tape to my Gotama's and found that to be the case: the 176cm ski is actually more like a 171.5cm ski. When I subtract the lost running length of the kick tail (maybe 7cm), I'm looking at what would seem to be a fairly short ski. (The tip of the skis hit me mid-forehead when I'm standing stocking-footed, but if I exclude the running length lost to the kick tail, the tips reach my mouth.)
Some other context before I level some questions: Powder in Maine (and at Sugarloaf, where I do most of my skiing) is infrequent and far from bottomless when we're blessed with it. Part of what appeals to me about the 2009 Gotama is that it's a non-rockered ski, allowing me, in theory, to enjoy more float when we're blessed with powder, while providing me the ability to negotiate the harder snow en route to the lift when the fun is over.
So, my questions to the group are these: A) Are the 176's too short for me in general? B) What about in "powder" that might only be -- at most -- 10 inches deep? and C) If they are on the short side, what downsides can I expect to experience in the ride?
Many thanks, in advance, for the sage advice.