Long time lurker first time poster.
I'm from the east, and generally ski there, but last week our family decided to pack our bag and head out west to Park City. I decided it was time to ditch my almost 15 year old Salomon X-Screams, and try some demos. I am 5'9", about 155lbs and was looking for a nice all mountain ski with preference toward groomers. I wound up demoing the Blizzard Brahma in 166cm and a Rossi E88 at 164cm. I think I may be the only person in the world that didn''t like the Brahmas, I found them ok when I was pushing things hard, but for casually skiing around, or teaching my son how to ski, I had a very tough time finding an edge to turn on.
On the other hand I fell in love with the E88s, they seemed to turn easy, and bust through everything I threw at it The only problem I had with them is that they felt very slightly unstable at higher speeds (not sure if this was because of the skis or my ability level). I consider my self an advanced skier working on becoming an expert however I am not sure if this will happen as I have been skiing for almost 30 years and for the past 15 I feel like I haven't gotten much better.
I was very happy with the E88s and have decided those are going to be my next skis, but I am curious if I should move up to the next size at 172, I know they will be more stable, but am not sure if they will be too long and I don't know when I will have the chance to demo another ski, Also will the extra 8cm effect performance on moguls? I'm not a great mogul skier but would like to learn.
Anyway thanks for the help in advance.