Originally Posted by Altanaut
Well, duh, yeah I meant Rossi's.
My husband (he of the 8-ski quiver) pointed out that I don't have any "deep powder" skis. (I'm so happy with my S7s that I ski them most days, regardless of conditions.) It's not that I'm looking for a ski that does something better, as I'm pretty sure my limiting factor is technique rather than equipment. Increased fun is my holy grail.
But to answer your question: yes I have the 169s. This brings up a recurring issue. I hear of women skiing fatter and longer skis -- like what you said about 178's. But my hub and a friend who is a level 3 instructor both say that I don't need longer skis. The instructor uses 150-something skis (she's shorter than me but only by a couple of inches). Is stability at speed the only thing gained by longer skis? I'm not the fastest person on the mountain but I don't ski like a granny -- and I haven't hit a speed limit on my S7's.
What you will get from longer skis is primarily oriented toward lift in deeper snow and also more fore-aft stability when getting knocked around by rough conditions. A fatter ski will naturally give you more lift but may not give you the stability. In fact, in some conditions, you'd probably get less stability.
So............since you seem to really like what you have and can't point out an area you'd like to improve, I'm not sure that a new fatter ski is going to deliver your nirvana. It may, but it may not. OTH, there's nothing wrong with buying a new wider ski as an experiment, you may just find something that that you currently don't even know that you want. Then again.....maybe not.
Out of curiosity, does you Hub or the L3 instructor think you need wider skis? or just different skis??. BTW.......I'm sure yours is different but many husbands that are gear heads seem to want their wives to get skis that will do something that they think you want to do but not necessarily what you want to do.
IAC.........there's a lot of ~~ 170cm skis available that are wider than what you have. Whether one of them will deliver that as yet undefined epiphany is unknown..............but there's one sure fire way to find out. Buy one and see.