Originally Posted by ssh
What's your typical conditions and terrain selection? You could ski either size. Which size did you demo and what did you think of it? What are you hoping to get from the ski?
In general, longer for better float, longer/faster turns.
I have not yet demoed; I'm trying to decide which size to demo later this week. I ski primarily in Tahoe plus a trip or two each year to Idaho. I spend probably two thirds of my time off piste, largely in the trees. For now I'm looking for a single ski to handle pretty much everything I throw at it. I've always enjoyed deep snow, even when I had skinny skies, so I'm less concerned with float. When I hit the groomed, I usually mix up the turn shape, with a slightly bigger smile when I'm arcing larger GS turns.
I *think* I'm going to rent the 178s and see if those are stable enough at speed on the groomed and comfortable in the pow. If that's the case, I think I'd prefer the nimbleness of a shorter ski (I'm growing tired of my beat up old 193 Volkl G31s). Thanks for the help!