I'm just getting back into skiing after probably 6 years off. I'm 26 years old, 5'8 and 165 lbs. I live in the Okanagan Valley of BC so I usually ski at Big White and Silver Star but I'll also be taking trips to Revelstoke since it's only a 2 hour drive away for me. I would say that I'm an intermediate skier right now but my skill level will likely increase fairly quickly because of my age and the fact that I'm fairly athletic overall. I'm not into back country skiing. I like to skis mostly on runs and also duck into the trees to find some powder. When I'm with my girlfriend, we tend to stick to groomed runs. When I'm with my friends, we tend to ski more in the trees.
I want to pick up a pair of skis right now since all the 2012 stuff is heavily discounted right now.
I went skiing twice in the last month and demo'd both a Rossignol S3 in 17X length and a Rossignol Experience 88 in 170cm length. Both days I was up there didn't have much fresh snow at all. I immediately liked the Experience 88s better but that was probably because of the conditions. I found them a lot easier to turn on.
I'm still leaning towards the S3s because they seem like a better do-it-all ski and they would be a lot better in the powder. They'd also be way better for trips to Revelstoke. I'm leaning towards the S3 in 168cm length. I was just hoping to get some suggestions as to what skis would be better for me?
Finally, I know this is beating a dead horse but what length would be recommended? Typically, I prefer shorter skis because I find them easier to control. I just don't want to buy the 168cm length and regret not having gone longer.