Obviously there are lots of different opinions on what ski size to get, and it generally seems to come down to some combination of height, ability, and terrain. Does weight come into play at all?
Whenever I read reviews, I'm always at least 20-30lbs heavier than the reviewer, and I'm wondering if I should take that into consideration, or if it doesn't matter. I'm 6' 230lbs and in pretty good shape from wrestling in HS and college and playing rugby for the past 6 years.
I'm still skiing on my beginner skis that I bought 5 years ago when I picked the sport back up, 167cm Elan FlowXT, and I'm starting my research for a new pair of skis, probably looking to buy at the end of the season. I'm looking at the magical "All Mountain" category, because buying multiple pairs just isn't an option. These would be just for the East Coast, because if I ever do make it out West I'd just rent rather than ship. The most difficult on map trails are right at the top of my ability, depending on conditions of course.
I know I'm going to need to go longer, but how much? 175? 180? Then I've been told that twin tips and rockers make a ski feel shorter, so now I'm up to 185? What about size underfoot, does weight come into play there at all?
I'm not expecting answers to every question, but I wanted to show how easy it is to think yourself in circles.