I`ve started skiing this season, had been to the mountains for about 20 days since the local resort had to wait until late January to open. I`ve been using a lease package skis included in my class and season pass package. The skis I`m using is a 160cm, 110/72/95 old Rossignol RocX, which I think it`s not stable as soon as I start to go faster, just to narrow and maybe a little bit shorter than it should be. I`m about 5.5 / 5.6 tall, so far I had a chance to demo the Line Prophet 90 165cm which I think it`s very forgiving and it was easy to handle, I had no problems with this one and the Nordica Hot Rod Tempest 170cm, which found to be too stiff and too long for me, kind hard to make turn maybe because it was longer than I am.
Now from my short experience I know I just hate groomed runs, I`m already comfortable on easy non-groomed blacks and even go through the lift lines and some trees if I think there is a not so hard way down and bumps, bowls. Most of the time when I`m skiing groomed runs it`s either when I`ve never been to that side of the mountain or I`m skiing with my wife which just can`t/don`t like/hate going off piste, just the opposite! :-) So sometimes I ski with her but I'm always trying to go on the side piste instead of the groomed.
I`ve been doing lots of research on skis and what should I buy for next season, there is usually a big sale/swap/fair by the first week of November and the local shops will have deals on new and used skis. Since I like/spend most of the time off piste and also when I`m skiing groomed I have to go slow because my wife is very cautious and refuses to ski at high speeds I`m totally fine compromising the groomed/hardpack performance in order to get a better off piste performance on my skis for the next season. I`m not looking for anything supper fat like 110+, I`m thinking something around 90 - 105 would be ideal for me.
Also on my research I've seen that rocker skis usually feel shorter than they really are, but not sure how this would work!
Now here is my question, most of the skis in this class start with lengths around 175+ which is at least 3 inches longer than me, how much longer should I go when considering an off piste ski? I`m thinking that 165, 166, 167cm is the longest I should be considering, I`m afraid that going longer will make it very hard to make turns specially on fresh/powder snow
Since I`m planning on buying skis early next season, I won`t have a chance to demo, but at my level of skill I would probably won`t be much accurate making evaluations... I`m more worried about buying something that I won`t have to get rid of because it`s just too big and I won`t be able to handle...
I`m considering skis like Blizzard Bonafide/Bushwacker 166cm, Blizzard The One IQ 163cm, Rossignol Experience 88 162cm (maybe too short), Rossignol S3 168cm (maybe too long), Line Prophet 90/98 165cm, Atomic Panic 165cm, K2 Aftershock 167cm, k2 Recoil 164cm.
I`m not really sure what I`m gonna be able to find a good deal at the fair in November, but I`m kinda listing all my options basically based on the mid-fat but short class of skis available in the market. I`d love to be able to pick some other skis like the Kung Fujas which I`ve seen good reviews, but at 169cm I`m afraid it`s going to be just too long for me...
I ski in Idaho, Bogus Basin is my local ski area, but I do weekend trips to Sun Valley, Brundage and Tamarack ski mountains we usually get lots of snow during the winter so it`s not unusual to ski on a 5" to 10" of fresh snow from the previous night.
Edited by mfa81 - 4/8/12 at 2:03pm