. Bought boots ( well fitted and working fine) and poles and decided to demo skis and get a pair as the season winds down. Instructor who I have worked with for a couple weeks suggested Blizzard Brahams and we had a great time with them. This weekend tried Heads that were for intermediates but were thinner under foot and did not care for them. This week I will again forego the rentals and try to demo K2i 85 Ti, Salomon X-Drive 8.3 or Vokl Kendos, all chosen from lots of reading.
OK here's data. Age 73, heavy now at 196 pounds but normally closer to 185, 5'8" tall and fairly fit and active. I expect to ski Hood's three or four areas, groomed blue runs and don't need speed . I don't specially care about getting on blacks but would like to be competent on all blues. At this point, I just want to enjoy getting on the hill.
My questions: 1. The Brahmas were only 166 long and I am concerned they may be too short plus my reading suggests they are for advanced intermediate and experts which I am not . My instructor (very good and experienced) and I both thought they worked well. Are they likely too short or too much ski for me?
2. Which of the other three and what length should I demo next , given that I probably will only demo one more day?
Sorry about long post and thanks for any advice you can give.