At 5'11" and 142lb, I'm pretty light for my height, which I imagine must influence my choice of skis. I don't know how my skiing would rate on a US scale, but in European terms I would be classed as advanced (given the progression beginner -> intermediate -> advanced -> expert) - I usually ski all the pisted runs in a resort with confidence and reasonable technique, and I'm quite dynamic with my weight transfer. The problem is that my skill level would put me on a type of ski which tends to be rather stiff, perhaps too stiff for someone of my weight. Yet if I go for softer flexing skis aimed at intermediates, I tend to find they don't have the kind of edge hold I like, and can't be skied fast. So, are there some skis around which work well for the lightweight skier without holding them back?
Incidentally, I skied Dynastar Contact 4x4s in 172cm last time, which I thoroughly enjoyed, but some people whose opinions I respect suggest they may have been too stiff for me at my level and weight. What do others who have skied this ski think about the demands it makes on the skier?
LATER: I should add that I know it's not just down to weight, there's also the issue of strength. I don't do any kind of weight training, but do a lot of middle to long distance running, so my legs are probably quite strong in a wiry sort of way.
Edited by J2R - 3/2/2009 at 11:29 pm