OK. I'm panicking and I need someone to alleviate the shortness of breath and sick feeling...
So, last year I skied some pretty deep days in Utah including a bluebird 25 inch + day at Powder Mountain. I managed to both demo and rent the Rossi S3 in a 178cm and despite being 6'2 and 215lbs, I found it a joy to behold! The bumps felt just awesome and although I'd never really skied DEEP powder, I had great fun.
Now, I dont ski the west very much. I live in Boston and mostly ski the East coast - I currently own some K2 Rictors in the 176 length and they do everything I want as far as the typical east coast conditions deliver EXCEPT trees and bumps. They just dont like 'em.
Now imagine my surprise when visiting a local ski shop I found some 2013 S3's in 178cm which were on sale for less than I had seen them anywhere before? I told the guy to put them to one side and I went away and thought about it. The reason that I was in two minds is that the general consensus of opinion is that a 178cm is WAY too short for me. I read thread after thread from people saying "dont buy the 178's!" and that "these things ski way short!" but I cant get my head around why they felt so damn good in Utah?
I need some help. Tell me what is going to happen if this ski is too short? Bearing in mind I have my K2's for the really hard days, and this ski was so good in the groomers and bumps of Utah, am I going to hate them? I've pushed the button on the purchase and they are being FedEx'd as we speak. I need someone to help me calm down!!