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Ski Length

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Hi! I am new to this forum and would appreciate some imput on ski length. I have been on straight 180 Volkl zebra "s" for about 8 years. Before that I was on "very old" 1968 (yes 1968) 180 Hart Camaro/combination flex. I absolutely loved those skis and literally skied them to death. I have had a love/hate thing for my Volkls and started to demo a few shaped skis last week for the first time. I was shocked at how easy they turned but am having a hard time deciding on what length to buy. Demoed 160's and liked them (I think). I'm obviously from the old school and lets face it, old habits die hard. Old school tells me go long - new school tells me go shorter. I'm 5' female (fast approaching 50) weight goes from 135 - 145 .East Coast skier about level 8 considering the Dynastar speed carve 63. What do ya think??
post #2 of 5
In the Speed Carve, 162
post #3 of 5
If I were you (and I'm not), I certainly wouldn't go longer than 165, and staying around the 160 mark would be my best guess.

Oh, and take lessons when you get the new skis to get the most out of them without having to work too hard.

Oh (2), and have fun!

post #4 of 5
If it's a radically shaped ski, then even 150 would be a a reasonable length but if it's nominally shaped, I'd agree with those that posted earlier.
post #5 of 5
I agree with the Fox and Oboe, that 160-165 cm. could be the right length.

But if the ski has sufficient flex you could, and due to your height, you go as low as 155 cm. The femal slalom competitors are using skis under 160 cm.

Some other skis to consider are the Dynastar Intuitive 69 L, Volkl Carver V3 20/20 Energy, a little softer skis than other Volkl models, and the Atomic Beta Ride 8.20.The first two have skis under 160 cm, and the Atomics start at 160 cm.

The best thing you can do is to continue to demo. You are your own best judge of what works best for you.
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