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He goes my first post!

I'm 5'5 and 180 pounds. I ski mostly at Ober Gatlinburg, TN and Cataloochee, NC (don't judge), but hope to get up to the Northeast soon. I am looking at the Line Supernatural 92 Lites in the 172. A) Will these work in powder as well as ice? B) The longest ski I've been able to rent is 160. Do you think 172 will feel like too much? My ability: I comfortably ski blacks, but this is the Southeast so judge accordingly. Thank you! Open to other suggestions, just try not to break the bank.
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He goes my first post!

I'm 5'5 and 180 pounds. I ski mostly at Ober Gatlinburg, TN and Cataloochee, NC (don't judge), but hope to get up to the Northeast soon. I am looking at the Line Supernatural 92 Lites in the 172. A) Will these work in powder as well as ice? B) The longest ski I've been able to rent is 160. Do you think 172 will feel like too much? My ability: I comfortably ski blacks, but this is the Southeast so judge accordingly. Thank you! Open to other suggestions, just try not to break the bank.


Welcome to EpicSki!  Always good to hear from folks in the southeast.

 

Have you looked at any of the EpicSki Articles about buying gear?  (First Run using Articles tab on menu bar).  Note that the first purchase should be boots, not skis.  Unfortunately, I don't think there are any good boot fitters in TN.  The closest may be in Asheville, NC.

 

How did you learn to ski?  Lessons or figured it out for yourself?  As you have gathered, a black run at Ober or Cat is pretty easy.  If you are heading to the northeast, you won't really be skiing in deep "powder" in any case.  While conditions are really good right now in the northeast, I doubt you'll be ready for the areas where there is untracked powder over a few inches.  I've just spent a few days skiing in Vermont.  Had a great time, but I learned to ski powder in Utah and am an advanced skier who has plenty of experience skiing ungroomed terrain.

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marznc,

Thanks for the input! I've read a couple of the buying articles. My biggest question was what length to you think would be best. I've narrowed my main skis down to the: Head 80/85 pro (undecided), Line Supernatural 92 Lite, Rossingol Experience 88 Bassalt, and the Rossingol Sin 7. I think I need something in the 170-177 range, but how much different will this feel than the 160's I've skied on (rentals)? Once again in open to any other suggestions.
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Oh, and I took one lesson at Ober a few years back. I gathered most of my knowledge from talking to people on mountain. I would rate my self a solid 7, but then again this is the southeast.
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