It looks like this will be the year for me to swap out my beloved 2005/2006 Apache Crossfires (160cm). I'm primarily an East Coast skier and am looking for a one ski quiver that can take me through a bit of powder and trees but will probably see more hardpack and crud than not. I am not an extremely hard-charging skier, but I ski the Crossfires happily and comfortably. However, I did blow my ACL a couple years back and while rehab went well, I'm feeling the need for a slightly softer, lighter and more maneuverable ski, particularly since I'm not spending a ton of time on the mountain.
I'll probably be demoing this winter, but am open to just picking up a pair of skis if I can find a good price on a 'can't miss' kind of ski like my Crossfires were when I bought them. The Volkl Kenjas have been highly recommended to me and I'm just about ready to pick up a pair since it looks like I might be able to find a 2011 pair for not much more than just demoing for a week. Before I pull the trigger, I have a few questions though:
-Any other skis I should take a serious look at?
-What length? I'm 5'4", 130-135lb. Will a 156 feel too 'spinny' or will it be the right way to go to keep my knees happier? Should I just stick with the 163?