Newbie Here. Just joined the forum and just getting back into skiing. I took up skiing about 16 years ago on 193 Salomon straight skis. Skied for about 2 years out in California. Maybe reached low intermediate. Moved back to the Northeast about 5 years ago. Decided To get back into skiing again. Went skiing this year. Felt like an absolute beginner on the new shaped skis. Took a lesson. Did better. Part of the problem too was the rental skis were very soft and it was icy later on in the day. With some of the killer deals out there, felt it would be better to buy a decent pair of skis (just got boots). The problem is, I'm getting very different advise on what size ski I should get.
I'm 5'6", weigh around 170. 53 but quite athletic. I was advised to get a 152 (in an Elan mag 8) or a 155. The logic being that I would learn to carve faster and become a better technical skier (which is my goal). Another store said the smallest size I should get should be at least a 160 to 170. That I would outgrow a smaller ski in less than the season. As I mentioned, my goal is to be a good technical skier. Would like to hear your opinions on this. Confused. Thank you.