Also, I think the Expert Slaloms are shorter than and intermediate slalom overall. I ski on a 174 T-power Cobra X (2002). Im 185 lbs. In 2002 it also came in a 181cm. A longer slalom is more forgiving to fore/aft position, and more versatile all mountain. Unless you like being thrown in the back seat alot, longer is easier but trades off a little turn initiation speed. For those that dont race or only stay on course, but enjoy fast turns with alot of energy, they fit the bill nicely.