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Getting a little confused with reading about how the new skis today are made to ride smaller, while I have experienced people telling me that that fad is waning and the trend will go back to skiing longer. Anyway, I plan to purchase 2 new pairs of skis and wondered what is the best sizing option to go with - chin to nose or nose to top of head. I am 5'4", 145lbs athletic strong aggressive skier - ski anywhere from 155's (mouth level) to 161 (almost top of head). Looking to purchase an all mountain pair and an agressive frontside carver. While one can easily tell me to go with what I feel best with, wondered and curious about opinions as to what is best.
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it depends what type of skiing you will be doing and the conditions, id go with a pair of 155s for short turn in the crud and trees and a pair of 160ish for all mountain and powder skiing.
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You will most likely want to choose an all-mountain ski on the longer side of your range, and a carver on the shorter side. Some info about what skis you are looking at and the type of terrain you will be on could help suggest an exact length. I'm 5'7 155 and my everyday "all-mountain" skis are 21cm longer than my carvers, 183 vs. 162. You may want to consider a broader range than 155-161. A carver in the mid fifty's and an all mountain ski in the low seventies may be good for you, but it depends on what you are planning on doing with it. For example, an "all mountain" ski that will primarily be used on open bowls and such out west should probably be longer than one used mostly for skiing bumps and tight trees in the East. Your carver can be short anywhere.
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