I am looking to replace my backcountry set up and am not sure what skis to purchase.
I am 32, a level 7 skier, 162cm, and 145 lbs. I'm athletic but a little nervous on my skis after an ACL injury a few years ago so I am hesitant to get skis that are too long, but I don't want to have to replace this purchase after a season or two if they soften up or if I get better at skiing. I ski on the west coast of BC and split my time between backcountry and in-bounds at Whistler/Blackcomb. I am looking for a ski to be my "quiver of one".
I haven't had proper touring skis before - I've been touring on 158cm Line Prophets Flite and I find them too soft (with fritschi freerides and garmont boots). They were OK at the resort when they were new, and they got my from a level 5 to a level 7 skier, but now they are too light for me, I think (they chatter on crud and inbounds, they are OK in soft snow still - maybe too soft for me?).
The K2 Gotback looks like a fun ski - but I am not sure between 160 cm or 167 cm. Has anyone my ability and size tried them? Any other recommendations for a ski that can do it all? :) I have never tried a women's-specific ski and wondering what the female skiers think of them, or if there are some other skis they enjoy. My plan for these skis is a few 4-5 day ski traverses, a few weekend tours, lots of day-tours, and lots of days skiing at the resort.
Thanks so much