Wonder if you can help. I'm in the market for a narrower ski to add to my quiver and have pretty much pinned it down to the MX78 as I can get a pair at a decent discount. My one question is re length (as there's no way I can demo).
Stats - female, 54kg (120lbs) 170cm (5'6"). Skied quite a bit as a child but then had a long break until 3 years ago. Should be better than I am by now but would put myself in the high advanced category (can get down anything on piste, off piste with varying degrees if grace). Skiing mainly in NZ at the moment where hardpack, dust on crust, re-frozen gunk and boilerplate are pretty common.
My initial thoughts were the 160 but given my weight I'm wondering if the 152 would be better (looking at 2012 models). I'm reasonably fit but don't want something that *needs* to be driven aggressively all the time. I currently ski the Icelantic pilgrim in a 151 (90mm) and while I love it in the softer snow, I feel the need for something more front-side and hard snow specific.
I'm more of a short, technical turn person than a 'blast down at Mach 2' person so would be willing to forego some stability at speed for ease of handling and manoeuvrability.
Hopefully that helps but if any other info would be useful please let me know!
Many thanks indeed in advance :-)