Originally Posted by WayneGretzky
Hi Snofun, sorry i must have some brain freeze happening! You're right about carving i just can't see myself suddenly spending all day carving. I bet after the first couple times up i will be more like 50/50.
You can bet i will be demoing skis for the whole first year to find a good fit, i am just looking for direction on what others recommend to give me a starting point. Do you think 175 is more closer to what i need?
Different skis ski differently in different lengths (seriously non-committal response), but I would suspect you're looking in the 172-180 range. At 170, I tend to stay in the 165-172 range. SierraJim is typically a good source for this info as he has quite specific references.
Last season I was out on a Head 82 in both 161 and 178 sizes, neither one was optimal for me, but I preferred the 161, although the sweet spot was a little narrow.
I laid out the skis I suggest you take a look at - they work well for both old and new school. I remember my first shaped skis, and that it took about 7 days to really get the feel of them. I got over the real shaped thing (carving) pretty quick as it just got boring and used up my legs.
Feet about shoulder width apart, no need to up/downweight, just move hips across the fall line, no reverse weighting etc. It will take a while, but the new skis are an absolute blast, and outrageously responsive.