How long is too long?
Originally Posted by skier2369
You guys are talking me into a short ski, probably a 180/184.
Seems short for a GS ski to me, but that is why I am asking you guys!
As a point of reference, I weigh between 165 and 170 lbs depending on amount of Christmas Turkey eaten.
My old skis which I still take out when I want to ski big turns at high speed (well as high a speed as I can get on our small Ontario Canada Hills -max out somewhere between 60 and 70 mph) are an antique pair of Kästle SG skis at 208 cm. When I bought them I weighed about 20 lbs less and tested out the lengths above and below, found the 205 not quite stable enough and the the (211?) one above too much ski. The old 208 cm SG feels good for about 2 turns, (straightline, make a couple of turns and your at the bottom)so a gs ski was lacking.
I have a short turn ski at 165 cm the Fischer WC SC with a 13-m radius. It suffers from having too short a turn radius at speed (you can't arc turns larger than 13 m), but is stable as far as vibration goes; it will turn where you want to go at any speed I've been able to reach with it (60 +mph). Length is no longer required for stability.
I tested out a Supershape Speed at 177 cm, and it was the perfect length for general high-speed cruising, and would be among my first choices for an all-around eastern one-ski quiver. For ultimate high-speed days, I would want something a little longer.
I also have a Machete g at 190 cm, which is great in deeper snow and soft crud like tracked out wet heavy snow. Not too long imho.
Based on that I picked up a pair of Völkl P50s in 188 for high speed days. I haven't got bindings for them yet.
Based on all that, I say you should be fine on 188s, and there is no reason to go longer.