I am going to get the 2012 K2 Obsethed and am deciding between 179 and 189. I am going to be living in/near SLC by next winter (for anyone who remembers my thread from a few months ago, I am not there yet because my girlfriend wasn't ready to leave the midwest, but she is ready now so we'll be moving before next winter) and hopefully doing most of my skiing at Snowbird, with the occasional trip to JHole, Squaw, etc.. I am 165 pounds and 5'11". 19 year old male. I am a very aggressive skier. I want the Obsethed for the powder days, I'll ski something else when the snow is more than a few days old. I want to be able to stick the landings of big drops, but also make quick turns in tight steep chutes and take them through glades (but still only when the snow is fresh). I don't care at all how they'll perform on low snow, groomers, ice, moguls, etc. I'm also not concerned with the wide open powder fields, if that was my concern I'd be getting a different ski. Available lengths are 169, 179, 189. 169 is out, I was leaning towards 189 but after talking to someone I started putting more thought into the 179. One thing he told me is that since the ski is only 117 underfoot, 189 would be too long for a ski that narrow in his opinion, not sure if other people feel the same way about only going long on fat skis. I've always liked skis on the shorter end but since I want to do big drops on these, going short might not be a good idea in this case. I also don't know what bindings to get and I know very little about bindings, so I'll just rely on whatever people suggest.
Any suggestions are very much appreciated, and let me know if I can provide any other information that would be helpful. Thanks.