Originally Posted by Rio
I went to our swap looking for something fatter, stiffer & shorter than my Blue Noodles & Nordica Beasts. I was looking for something with a waist over 100mm and around 170cm long. The intended purpose was to have something to play with on powder & crud days at Bridger Bowl where I spend much of my time in narrow places skiing powder others have left behind. The ski I stumbled upon was a pair of 2005 168cm Gotamas & bought them. Now I'm curious, has anyone skied the Gotamas in short lengths? (I'm 5' 11", 180#)
In all honesty, those skis are way too small for a guy your size. The Gotamas ski short to begin with due to the massive twin. I would sell those while they are new and get something bigger, seriously. You're gonna feel like your on fat snowblades on those things, they will feel like they have no tail(of which they don't have much). For a guy your size I would recommend the 183 and certainly wouldn't go shorter than the 176. Not to burst your bubble but the 168's are meant for aggressive women who are 5'4" and weigh 120#.
Plus, you're going to want the Goats for ripping big, wide open turns in the deepest of snow. You already own skis that are perfect for cranking quick turns in tight places.