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Hi I an 16 years old and weigh 143 pounds my parents bought me a pair of k2 164 cm skis and i am around 5 foot 8 or 5 foot 9 is that a good set of skis for an intermediate/advanced skier?

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It depends a lot on what you want to do. In racing, pros (they typically weigh 180-220 lb) on the men's side ski 165cm in slalom (super tight turns, steep, and icy) and over 215cm in downhill (really, really big turns, steep, and icy). Of course you have to remember their skis are insanely stiff for their length. Plus despite how length seems to get a lot of attention, especially by sales people, it's at least as important to look at the intended use of the ski and things like turn radius and waist width.

 

Assuming you like to ski on groomed blue square type trails without much ice and don't spend much time in moguls or the park, I'd guess you'd like a 170-175cm ski with a 15-18m turn radius and roughly a 80mm wide waist. But it really depends a lot on what your skiing looks like.

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Originally Posted by runforlife123 View Post

Hi I an 16 years old and weigh 143 pounds my parents bought me a pair of k2 164 cm skis and i am around 5 foot 8 or 5 foot 9 is that a good set of skis for an intermediate/advanced skier?



Yes.

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I dont know what model the skis are but since you are posting in the race section I suspect they are SL race kind of skis. 1 cm under the mens FIS length... hmmmm. But all in all, thats a good length for carving on the gromers. Be sure to tune them well. Lucky guy with parrents like that :).

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Originally Posted by tdk6 View Post

I dont know what model the skis are but since you are posting in the race section I suspect they are SL race kind of skis. 1 cm under the mens FIS length... hmmmm. But all in all, thats a good length for carving on the gromers. Be sure to tune them well. Lucky guy with parrents like that :).



Doubtful... K2 doesn't make race skis anymore as far as I know.

 

But to answer OP, your ski is good for what you're looking for.

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