I am planning on purchasing the Nordica Soul Rider in the 169 or 177. I am 5'6'' and 190lbs. I live in New England split my time between weekend trips up North and the annual trip to Colorado. I am an aggressive skier. I like backcountry and steeps but also like the trees and the bumps. I want an all-mountain ski that can do it.
I demoed the 177s and really like them. They occasionally felt just a little long in the bumps and trees. I did not try the 169 and will not have opportunity to try before purchasing. I am willing to sacrifice a little length to be quicker in trees, but I don't want to go too short for powder days.
I am new to EpicSki. Any thoughts on the ski length are greatly appreciated.