Hi I'm a mostly east cost skier. I ski NY,PA,NJ, and occasionally VT. I am going out west twice this upcoming year maybe three times. My old skis are too short and thin. I have Nordica Tranzit Fire's. They are 160 cm length with a waist width of 75. They performed poorly in 9in+ of powder. Considering I will be visiting Whistler, Snowbird, and Tahoe. I need to know what new skis or a recommended waist size for my ski needs. I am looking for a new length of 170-173.
Ski Waist Size/ New Skis
I'm a little smaller than you and I use a Line Prophet 98 172 cm. I'm 5'5" / 150. I think you could go up to high 170s depending on the ski you choose. I believe something around 90 to 105 would be a good ski to use out west and still good to use on the east coast. Remember that east coast is your home place, so you need to get something that will be better there than in Snowbird or Tahoe.
There are many skis in this class, Nordica Hell & Back, Nordica Steadfast, Line Prophet 90 / 98, Blizzard Bonafide, Bushwacker, Kabookie just to mention a few. I you won't demo that it's hard to know exactly what's best for you. If you decide to buy before trying I wouldn't pay anything close to full price on the skis, if so just way, do some demo and buy, you are already paying full price anyway.
Here is a bargain http://starthaus.com/2013-nordica-steadfast-flat-ski-blem.html in case you decide you wanna go with no demo time. I can't really suggest 170 or 178 because I've never skied this, but there are people here who have experience and they can provide better feedback on this particular ski. With the Line prophet 90 or 98 you could go either 172 or 179, they ski short and also measure short, my 172 cm is about 170 tip to tail. I believe the Line Prophet 90 172 would be a good choice for you! But unless you have a chance to check it out or find a great deal it's hard to justify buying this instead of the nordica above.
Good luck! and wait for others to chime in!
I believe the new flite has different construction, lighter and has less early rise. so a slightly different rocker profile and lighter construction. It says it has a composite matrix, while the rest of the prophet line has a metal matrix.
Metal. The Prophet 90 has, the Flite does not.
With the majority of your skiing in the mid Atlantic I would suggest the Rossi 88 over the Flite, it is a great hard snow 88 that will still be fun west.