Hi there. I am considering buying the Volkl RTM 84. I am female - 5'9" and in the 150 lb + range, work out a lot and very fit. I live in Vancouver BC and ski local mountains and Whistler/Blackcomb as much as I can. I have been skiing since 1991 and learned on straight skis 185's. For the last 5 years my skis have been Salomon x wing 10 (traditional carving ski shape 118-73-101: 14.9 turn rad) in 166. I am having a hard time deciding on 166 or 172. The ski rep I spoke to recommended sticking with what I'm used to now - 166. But everywhere I have read reviews saying go a bit longer because of the rocker technology and extra width underfoot. Would it really make that much of a difference in how they ski? They are expensive skis, even at late season sale prices so I don't want to make a mistake. I haven't seen them available for demo and it's a bit late in the season for that anyway. They sound perfect for west coast conditions and I spend most of the time on groomed runs, but enjoy and have to ski varied conditions at times. I am an intermediate to advanced skier - but I'm a bit of a chicken, even though I can pretty much ski all over the mountain. I have to follow my husband everywhere on his snowboard... Thanks for you input.
PS. I have also been looking at the Blizzard Black Pearl - but they seem a bit too radical for me, my husband thinks I should go for the Volkl's cuz they're a little more traditional but still have the improved aspects for deeper snow... Ugh. Can't decide. I can make it through powder on my Salomon's, but it's on an as needs basis and not a lot of fun after a few runs...
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