34 yrs old
Skis typically 15-20 days/year
Mostly in VT or NH
Current quiver: J Skis 186cm (98 underfoot) with Look Pivot 12 bindings
Recently befriended a group of snowboarders who love to shred the Big Dip at Jay Peak. This is the backcountry side of Jay Peak that consists of steeps and tight trees. Admittedly, I've not done much tree skiing over the years so every time I get into them, I ski cautiously. Otherwise I'm a speed demon on groomers. But these snowboarders go through these trees like it's not even there. And I know this has a lot to do with my poor technique but do you think shorter skis would make it easier? I went through these with my 186cm skis (moderate rockered tip and tail) and I had trouble making quick turns as I was afraid of hitting trees.
I'm thinking, at my height/weight, a ski length between 160-165 would be ideal. And I'd only use them for tight tree skiing. I've got enough skis to get me around everywhere else just fine. And yes, I know I need to improve my technique as well but at my age, learning new technique is getting harder and takes longer to adapt. Nonetheless, I enjoy skiing in tight trees (getting super bored with groomers and really, everything else in between) and I want to get better at it. I just feel like my skis are too long for this type of terrain. Thanks for your feedback!