Ht - 5'8", Wt - 170lbs. Skill - 8, Location - SoCal
I love those sticks! I have put three of my friends who never skied shapes on them in the last two years, and all love the skis and want to ski more. I will say, after extensive skiing on the 9.18 in a 190 length (which I prefer), that a 170 will be too short. If you prefer shorter turns, bumps and trees, go with the 180. If you like higher speeds and bigger turns, get the 190. I like that the 190 Beta 9.18 will do it all! It doesn't ski long and the ski's extremely low swing weight makes it easy to turn in any radius. Don't go smaller than a 180. BTW, Al's Ski Barn (www.untracked.com
) has the 2001 model on sale for $349...no tax and free shipping as well.