Originally Posted by Birdman829
Hey all. I'm a 19 year old eastern skier who's looking for a pair of wider boards for powder days and spring skiing. I'm currently considering the Rossi Scratch Sprayer BCs. I'm 5'8" 175 lbs and a good skier. Do you think I'd be better off on a 176 or a 170. My other skis are Fischer RX9s in a 165 if that means anything.
Depends - my knowledge of eastern terrain is limited. From what I know it's not so much cliffs and chutes, it's more along the lines of rolling hillls - i.e wide, open runs.
If this is the case, then go with the 176's if:
1) You like to lay fast, wide, aggressive turns.
2) The terrain you ski on is most wide open, and you don't plan on changing that.
3) You don't mind going through a learning curve (the move up from 165 to 176 will take a couple of days to get used to)
4) You hardly ever need to lay down short, pin-point turns (i.e when skiing steeps & chutes)
On the other hand, go with 170's if:
1) You don't want to have to learn anything - you just want to be able to jump on them and ski (there'll still be a learning curve...wider skis in powder will react totally different from your fischers on the cord!)
2) You are thinking of hitting some western slopes in the next year or so, and want to ski some steeps & chutes
3) You're not too fussed on skiing fast and aggressive (it's everything for me!)
(I just realised your ski choice is a twinnie - this'll cut down it's effective length, so I definitely recommend the 176)
On your ski choice, what are your powder days like? 5cm? 20cm? 80cm?? Do you get many of them? What's the snow like, is it wet or dry? You've chosen a twinnie, do you intend to take these in the park as well?
My quiver at the moment is:
Volkl Sumo's for heliskiing, big powder days at my resort
Volkl Gotamas for backcountry, & 5-10cm powder days at my resort
K2 Public Enemys for park, grooms, and spring
It's pretty hard to find 1 ski that can perform equally well in the powder, in the park, and also in spring slush. Assuming, however that you can't afford to buy 2 sets of skis, then what you've gone with is a good a choice as any.
May I recommend the 177 Volkl Karma's though??
Hope this helps!