I've done my research and settled on the 2011 Magnum 7.6 ski. Seems to be a good intermediate/advanced ski at a decent price.
I am an intermediate skier bordering on advanced. I do blues with ease and can manage my way down blacks. Typically ski east coast( PA, Snowshoe, New England). I spend 90% on groomed or slightly choppy snow.
I have 8 year old beginners skis (size 168) and boots and can only go so fast with them without losing control. I am looking to improve my ski performance to reach high speeds with ease. I'm not a bomber (I like to stay under control), but I do want some performance. I purchased new Lange RX 100 boots this off season to help me improve, and skis are next.
I weigh 155 pounds and 5'9" tall. 27 years old and in average shape.
I am stuck on whether to buy the 163 or 170 cm skis. Do you have any advice?
Also, is it worth spending the extra money to get the 2012 version, or to get the 8.1 version?