I'm 3 season skier, about level 7, happily skiing blacks and double black on the piste in Australia.
I'm shortly about to move to Europe for the winter there and the next couple of years.
I'm 5'10" / 178cm and range between 85kg an 90kg depending on how good a boy I've been.
I own a pair of 162cm Rossignol Z76s. They are too short and I feel uneasy when I get over 50kph.
I primarily ski in resorts on the piste but would like to ski more powder and backcountry - I just need the right location and some friendly guiding. This may not come in the near future and I suspect that I may end up skiing resorts all this European season as well.
I'd like to try a bunch of skis on a demo day in Europe this year but I've got a friend coming over from the US in 2 weeks who is happy to bring a pair of skis for me and the discounts are just too temping and I'm considering taking the plunge on something without trying them.
Blizzard Bonafide in 180
Volkl Mantra in either 177 or 184
Volkl RTM 84 in 176 or 181
What do we think about lengths?
Am I being silly going for the fatter freeride/expert skis not having ever ventured off the piste? Is the RTM and good choice in this case or is there something else that I've missed?