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post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 
Hi,
I am wondering what length ski to demo. I will be demoing Volkl AC40s. I am 5'10'', 185 lbs. I used to be a pretty advanced skiier. I competed in some bump competitions in Colorado, but haven't been skiing in about 10 years. I used to ski on straight Rossis, 203mm. There weren't any shaped skiis when I last skied. I'm having a little trouble coming to terms with the fact that I need shorter skis now. Can anyone suggest the appropriate length for me?
Thanks.
post #2 of 10
I'm your height and weight. Intermediate -advanced. I would guess mid to high 170's depending on what type of snow. Many would recommend longer for deeper snow,also depends on how fast you want to go and the type of turns you like.
post #3 of 10
Your demoing........go crazy and try a few different lengths.
post #4 of 10
I'm with Peter...rent the demo skis at the mountain with the condition that you can switch them for anything else the shop has. Certainly nothing wrong with the AC40s, but there may be similar skis that are enough different to put a bigger smile on your face.

For size, I'd do 170s, especially in a top line ski like the AC40 and similar skis from other makers.

Are you buying?...I would just get something cheap but decent and get a technique for the new skis before you choose the skis that are just right for you. You might even want to start on a ski more forgiving than the AC40 until you get your techique fine tuned.
post #5 of 10
I also agree with Peter in that you should demo a lot of different lengths, but you need to start somewhere. I went through the transition to the more shapely skis a few years ago so in case it might help here's a few data points for you to reference. My old one-ski quiver was a 208cm SG ski, which I still enjoy once in a while. I found that in a top-of the line ski, lenght is no longer required for high-speed stability vis-a-vis vibration control. I have a 165 cm slalom sidecut ski that rips at high speed. I triedout a 177 supershape speed (closer to cheater GS turn shape) and it was fine on hardpack. I also have a 190cm Volant for deeper snow that works very well too. I weigh 165 lbs and like to ski faster than your average bear. You no longer need to go long for high-speed stability. With wider skis, float doesn't require as much length either, but there is no reason I can see for going too short in a big mountain deep snow ski.

I would start at about 170 for a slalom or cross ski, 180 to 190 for GS or high speed big turns, and around 190 for deep snow, shorter on the deep snow ski if you plan on skiing tight trees or bumps.
post #6 of 10
Thread Starter 

What Length

Thanks for the input. I guess I've been so indoctrinated in the old school skis, that I'm having a hard time accepting that such short skis can absorb the shock produced in tight bumb and tree skiing.
post #7 of 10
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Thanks for the input. I guess I've been so indoctrinated in the old school skis, that I'm having a hard time accepting that such short skis can absorb the shock produced in tight bumb and tree skiing.
Just demo an SX12 on a black or double black groomer and you will be convinced. It won't arc a turn bigger than it's sidecut, but it will go where you tell it to at very high speeds.
post #8 of 10
I'm 5'11" 190lbs I ski the AC4 in 170cm. I have been on 170's for about 5 season's now.

I do have longer skis, ie the Solomon Gun in 175.

But once your on a 170 and know how to use it, you won't go longer for a everyday ski.

I ski the Rossi Z11 and Z9 in 162cm. When I get on a the Z9 in 170cm it felt like a slug. In 162cm the ski fun, while in 162 the Z11 was a blast.

Different ski need to be in different lengths.
post #9 of 10
Hi I am 5'4 150 intermediate skier, ski mostly eastern, any help with ski lenght would be great
post #10 of 10
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Originally Posted by trdwl View Post
Hi,
I am wondering what length ski to demo. I will be demoing Volkl AC40s. I am 5'10'', 185 lbs. I used to be a pretty advanced skiier. I competed in some bump competitions in Colorado, but haven't been skiing in about 10 years. I used to ski on straight Rossis, 203mm. There weren't any shaped skiis when I last skied. I'm having a little trouble coming to terms with the fact that I need shorter skis now. Can anyone suggest the appropriate length for me?
Thanks.
Where are you going to Ski? For the East or Midwest 170 in a ski like a Volkl AC40/50 or any other carver or all mountian ski will be ok but if you are skiing out West on an all mountian ski you'll want to be on a 175 to 180 IMO.
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