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How long is too long?

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I know. I know. But I really welcome the opinions. Me 40 years old. 5'10, 215 lbs. VERY strong (600lb squat). In my younger days I was a great skier that skied everything possible. As I've gotten older I don't take as many risks but still enjoy most on and off piste runs. I live and ski in Michigan most of the time but I own a condo in Whistler and usually spend at least a couple of weeks there a year. For the past 10 years I have rented skis every time I go west. I am a true 50 - 50 skier so an all mountain ski has been best for me so far. This past season I skied a Volkl AC3 and AC4 in 170. They did not have anything longer. I really enjoyed the both skis in that length and have decided to purchase the AC30 to ski here in MI. I want to take my skis "out west" but I will rent if the snow conditions warrant something different. My questions are "Should I go with the 177 or will that be too long for me" "Is height a better factor to determine ski length or is it weight" Thoughts? Thanks in advance.
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I don't think length is as much of an issue as flex. I'm a 5'10" 140lbs person, and I've used 205 skies that were on the extreme side of soft that I had no problem at all maneuvering around at low speeds (at their designated turn radius that is). I think length (along with sidecut) is more important in determining the turn radius then proper fit for a skier. If you wanted to make short turns, I would still go with a short ski for you, just a very stiff one. I think you should probably look less at the length of the ski, and more of the flex rating. If you can do a 600lbs squat and you're around 215lbs in weight, I would probably not look at a 177 unless it was a race stock or unless you planned to ski it at lower speeds.
post #3 of 3
177 would be too short for you imho.
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