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Volkl AC3 Unlimited or Volkl S1 Unlimited for beginner/intermediate?

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Hi, first time poster here and new to the awesome sport of skiing (snowboarded for last 10 years). I'm looking to purchase my first pair of skis and have two options:

 

163cm Volkl AC3 Unlimited Titanium (2007ish) - 118/76/104, intermediate/advanced

 

http://www.ski-review.com/ski_reviews/review/volkl_unlimited_ac3_titanium_2007/

 

156cm Volkl S1 Unlimited (2006ish) - 112/66/99, beginner/intermediate

 

http://www.skis.com/Volkl-Unlimited-S1-Skis/85941P,default,pd.html

 

I'm 5'10" and 155 lbs. I consider myself a type I, maybe low type II skier who mainly sticks to groomed runs. Don't care much for speed, just want to enjoy carving the snow (short, fast turns) and hang with buddies 3-4 times a year.

 

My last rentals were 156cm (don't remember head/waist/tail dimensions). They were easy to turn and pretty fun.

 

1) Should I stick with 156cm or go with the 163cm? I'm afraid I might "outgrow" the 156cm.

2) Is the 66cm waist too small on the S1's?

3) Should a beginner use "advanced" skis (whatever that means)?

 

Would appreciate any advice, thanks!

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As an advanced skier who used to own the Volkl AC30's, (same as the AC3),  do NOT get this ski.  It demands perfect technique or it will throw you.  The newer ski designs are easier to ski on.  Spend a little more to purchase one that isn't so old.  Generally, advanced skis will handle speed better while an beginner/intermediate will be easier to turn.

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As an advanced skier who used to own the Volkl AC30's, (same as the AC3),  do NOT get this ski.  It demands perfect technique or it will throw you.  The newer ski designs are easier to ski on.  Spend a little more to purchase one that isn't so old.  Generally, advanced skis will handle speed better while an beginner/intermediate will be easier to turn.


As a (then) low intermediate who did get thrown around by AC30's, I would very strongly second this.  If you so much as *think* about sitting back, they'll take off without you.

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