I’ve been a long time unregistered lurker on these boards so it made sense to register and post up now that I have a specific question. There’s a lot of experience on these boards and I could certainly use some of that knowledge.
I’ve been skiing for about 8 years but have only put more time and effort during the past two years. When I first started I only skied about 4-5 days a year so progress was slow. I’ve progressed much more during the past couple of years and would consider myself an advanced Intermediate, but not an advanced skier. I can ski most blacks some better than others. I’d consider myself fast and aggressive on the blues and am steadily improving on blacks. Being that I’m aggressive and love speed on the blues, I think my hesitation on the steeper blacks is more mental than anything else and that’s my project for the next winter.
Now that I’ve introduced my history and where I’m currently at skill wise, my question has to do with proper ski sizing and the relation between height and weight. When I first started I bought Atomic Beta Carvers at 150cm. They were fine for the first few years, but as I got faster they felt unstable and began to chatter. Last season I bought a pair of Atomic Smoke Ti’s in 157cm. I didn’t really notice a difference going up 7cm in size. The Smoke Ti was great at speed, but seemed lifeless at low speed, kind of like a 2x4 on my feet. I’m wondering whether the metal made the ski too stiff for me.
My confusion over ski size stems from the fact that some charts emphasize only height and others only weight. I also read references to heavy skiers and wonder whether that is heavy in general or heavy for your height. I’m between 5’4” – 5’5” and weigh 170lbs.
According to every chart I’m heavy for my height. I’m not overweight at all just have a stocky build. The size recommendations differ greatly between the height and the weight recommendation. The ski size recommended based solely on weight is generally 10-15cm bigger than the recommendation based solely on height depending on the chart referenced.
I’m thinking about picking up a different set of skis and was looking at the Blizzard Magnum 8.0 CA based on the reviews that state it is stable and stiff at speed but also playful at slower speeds due to the lack of metal. As I mentioned I’m currently on a 157cm. The next jump in the blizzards is 158cm and 165cm. My Atomics come up to my forehead so my thought was that the 165cm’s would be to big based on height, even though they are within range based on my weight.
I’d love to hear any opinions from similarly sized skiers out there. Thanks for the help.