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Spring skis for a big guy - thinking about Head Peak 84

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Hi everyone,
Long time reader, first time poster to the forum. I'm posting for some advice for a new pair for spring skiing in the bumps.

About Me
I'm a big guy at about 225 pounds and 6'5" in height. I ski anywhere between 6 and 12 times a season lately, am a pretty solid level 7 skier, and really only ski in Vermont although I'm planning a trip to Utah for next year.

Why I'm asking for advice
I ski on Volkl AC30 184s currently, and they are the only skis I have. I love these skis and their grip - very stable, and I like to ski fast on them. As I have been working on skiing in the bumps more and more, I've found them to be really hard. Maybe they'd be easier If I were a better skier. This past weekend, I skied Killington on a warm and sunny Saturday, and the snow was soft. I skied on my brother's Head Peak 84 in a 170 length in the late morning and refused to give them back to him for the rest of the day - I had so much more fun skiing on them than my ac30s, given the conditions. Anyway, I concluded that I really want a ski with more flex that will help me improve in the bumps and that I can use in the softer snow.

I am thinking that, although I had a ton of fun on the peak skis, I should go longer to a 177 length. The problem is that I can't find any for sale.

1) I am curious if anyone on the board has any feedback on skis that are comparable to the peak 84 and can satisfy what I am looking for, and
2) whether the 170s may be too short. I am almost certain that everyone will tell me the 170s are too short, but just curious in opinions.

Thanks for reading my first post to the forum!
post #2 of 3
You may want to think about something in a all mountain ski in the 88-94mm waist. May be even in the low 180cm at your size.

Lots of great skis out there that will give you more then your looking for.

Or get something in the mid 80's waist and then look for a powder ski in the 110-120mm waist if you get the erge.
post #3 of 3
Yup, 170 is definitely too short. I'm a heavyweight (although a lot shorter than you) and even I am on 176+ in non-rockered skis. In addition, I will probably start to go up to 180s for my next rocker purchase as I've found my 173 Shiros to feel too short in really deep or heavy snow.
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