Originally Posted by eaglez21
Ski Type/Length Info:
I'm 5'9 165lbs, love skiing all over the mountain (mainly blues some blacks)/LOVE dipping into any trees I can find/hitting kickers/maybe some bump skiing/NO Moguls (yet).
Conditions out here are mostly packed powder and at times groomers.
P.S. There's a demo shop near me selling Atomic Ritual 174cm (103mm waist), any thoughts?
Originally Posted by eaglez21
MtCyclist, your comment is exactly what I am feeling, been a great winter so far full of powder which is why I am leaning towards a ski in the ~100 range. One question, is this going to be too much ski for me (I have read it is for experts on many websites)? I plan on getting to that level throughout this skis lifespan, however, I love an easy turning, playful ski that I can bounce around with.
There is some good info here, @eaglez21, but you have to put it in context.
Reality check time: When you say "no moguls (yet)" I read that to say that you are not confident in the bumps and that you are largely skiing groomed runs on the Front Range. Given that, and your size, with all due respect, I think that the Ritual is a bit too much ski for you, both in terms of width and in terms of flex pattern. The Ritual is a nice ski, I've spent significant time on it, and it is the daily ride of a couple of friends out here in the PNW. It has a light, crisp feel, but it is still a pretty strong ski, the metal spine makes it reasonably stiff, powerful and stable. I think that it benefits from some competent input to really work. It isn't a particularly "hard" ski to ride, but if you aren't yet skiing bumps, going to a Ritual will make your ski days tougher - and if you are mostly skiing the groomed with a bit of low angle natural snow I don't see the point of the width (although for the right skier, someone who primarily skis off-piste, someone comfortable in bumps and natural conditions, I do think that the Ritual makes a fine, western all purpose ski).
I get that you found a deal, but there are going to be insane deals all over the place in the next month (check in with any PNW shop - lots of stock floating around out here, lots of deals to be had).
Net, I think that you'd have less fun on the Ritual than something better tuned to your current level, especially given your size. Rather than the Ritual, I think that the Atomic Theory is more along the lines of something that would make sense for you. A bit narrower, a bit less stiff (no inlaid metal spine), a more compliant, easy-going version of the same concept. Or maybe the new Crimson Ti (which I haven't tried), but I understand is softer and more soft snow friendly than the prior version, but still a nice groomer ski. Or look at some of the other more compliant skis in the 88-100 range - Sin 7, Sollie Q98/90. Maybe a Blizzard Bushwacker. Maybe a Prophet 90/98.
As for length, at 5'9, 165, in the Atomics, 174 is the length - 182 would be nuts at your size and level (that is my size, and I'm 5'11, 185). If you aren't comfortable skiing moguls yet, the 182 Ritual would ski you (in the bumps and everywhere else).
Good luck and have fun demo'ing.