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Last time I owned skis, they were 180s, while I am rusty now, I would expect to resume my Int/Adv skill level, skiing about 10 days each year. Mostly on blacks and basic mogul fields, but when out West would like to dabble with some Powder skiing.

5-8", 175lbs, mod. aggressive. Need all mountain ski that can handle all of the above...out West and the Northeast.

The technology has past me by so I honed in on the Atomic and Salomon offerings.

M11 or B5 at either 152 or 162
Scream 8 or 10 at either 155 or 165

My main question is more about ski length, but chime in with any comments. I feel like I could be aggressive and improve on the shorter lengths, but what is the trade off? Just Speed?

Thanks, Great Site!
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Originally Posted by weogio
Last time I owned skis, they were 180s, while I am rusty now, I would expect to resume my Int/Adv skill level, skiing about 10 days each year. Mostly on blacks and basic mogul fields, but when out West would like to dabble with some Powder skiing.

5-8", 175lbs, mod. aggressive. Need all mountain ski that can handle all of the above...out West and the Northeast.

The technology has past me by so I honed in on the Atomic and Salomon offerings.

M11 or B5 at either 152 or 162
Scream 8 or 10 at either 155 or 165

My main question is more about ski length, but chime in with any comments. I feel like I could be aggressive and improve on the shorter lengths, but what is the trade off? Just Speed?

Thanks, Great Site!
I've just recently had experience demoing skis and I can tell you that a ski that's too short or too long will make you equally miserable. Length is extremely important--a ski that's too long will be difficult to turn and won't have any edge grip, a ski that's too short will feel like you're skiing on a thimble--about to topple over when you reach anything approaching speed or uneven snow and also no edge grip. You'll know when you hit the right length and the right ski--you'll feel like you're invinsible. Don't buy skis without demoing. And demo different lengths for each ski. But trust me--demo first!!!
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Do NOT go below 160. If you are skiing 10 or less days a year. You might concider investing in good boots and just rent/demo skis instead of investing $7-900.00 @ 30/day...thats 3 years of demos.
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Originally Posted by Phil Pugliese
Do NOT go below 160. If you are skiing 10 or less days a year. You might concider investing in good boots and just rent/demo skis instead of investing $7-900.00 @ 30/day...thats 3 years of demos.
That is good advice. I rented demos my last trip, but they did not have the things that I really wanted to try. I am sure with some research I can find the demos. We took our kids last time so any extra task is a totally pain in the ars.

I feel pretty safe at 162, coming from 180s and cant imagine being on 152s.
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I would guess a length of between 160 and 170 cm inclusive would be good, longer for deeper snow.
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I am also 175#, 5'' and moderately aggressive skier. I have 165cm Rx6's. I would stay between 160-170cm in a shaped ski.

-Scott
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