Whoo first post! Honestly, I never thought that I'd be posting on a ski forum. I've been a die-hard snowboarder for the past 5 years and probably have acquired enough boards to last me for the rest of my life, but I'm sure you all know how easy it is to keep buying and buying new gear...I digress. :p
Onto the real situation at hand. I'm interested in getting back into skiing!! I skied for about 4 years before converting to snowboarding. Previously, I would have considered myself an intermediate-advanced skier (probably closer to intermediate to be honest), but it's been a while. That being said, I consider myself an expert snowboarder who gets out ~30-50 days a year.
I have Tecnica Inferno Heat boots (flex 100). I've never owned a pair of skis, besides XC. I live in Vermont (I know, I know...living in VT and not owning at least one pair...) and I'm looking for skis to use exclusively on East Coast as I will rent some powder skis when I head out West. My budget is $500 or less for both skis and bindings, but I'm open to past year's models if not much tech has changed, waiting until we get closer to the end of this season, or finding a deal on used ones. I think I'm looking for 80-88 sidecut? Should I consider high 70s? Here's the real kicker: I'm 5'5" and weigh 115 pounds after eating a big meal. The smallest size for the majority of mens skis seem to be 160, which I'm afraid are going to be too long. I ride snowboards ranging from 147-154cm. I've never ridden a kids snowboard, but should I consider kids skis? Women's skis? Any advice is greatly, greatly appreciated. I have spent countless hours researching.
My top contenders are:
Atomic Nomad Blackeye TI - 160 -- Not sure if I need TI as I've heard it makes it stiffer?
Atomic Nomad Blackeye - 160 -- I can knock off about $100 if I get the non TI
Fischer Motive 86 - 161
Rossignol Experience 80 - 152 or 160 - Really interested because of the 152 length
Head Rev 85 Pro - 163-- Too long?
Dynastar Powertrack 84 - 162 -- ?
Atomic Crimson TI - way too long
I'm open to any and all recommendations about skis or lengths. Thanks in advance! :)