Me: 5' 7", 130lbs. 46yo. East coast. Skiing since age 5. 25 days a season. Beer league racer. Level 8. I can arc a turn.
Currently my hard snow ski is a 5yo Fischer World Cup RC (cheater GS) @ 170cm - shortest length they make. As long as the snow is consistently hard and smooth - no crud, no bumps, just "indoor-outdoor carpet - and as long as there is plenty of room on the hill for me to open it up, I love this ski. Thrilling.
Problem is, if some softer snow starts getting into the mix, or if I just want to take a couple of bump runs with my buddies on race night, in between gate runs, this ski is just misery for me. I am so light, and it is so stiff, that I just get thrown violently in every direction. It doesn't even take bumps; just some piles of soft snow a few inches high are enough to launch me on this ski. (I know it's the ski, because I don't have this issue with my AM skis.) Same thing if it's a warm night and the course is soft and gets deep ruts. Boing!
So... I already have a soft-snow all-mountain ski for those really good days. What I need is a replacement hard snow ski that is much more forgiving longitudinally, that will still be decent at high speed and in the course. I don't want to go too short. I've skied 160cm skis that were "the right size" for my weight, and I just don't like the feel of a ski that short. Looking for something in the 165 - 170 range that is still soft enough for someone my size. Thanks in advance.