I've been researching skis for some time now, and I'm pretty set on the Watea 84. I was wondering about any opinions on length.
I'm 5'9'' 170 lbs. I've only been skiing for a couple years, but grew up playing hockey and picked it up pretty fast. I'd probably say I'm a level 7 skiier, 15+ times per year pretty much out in the Pacific Northwest. I can ski pretty much any part of the mountain, and love getting out into the powder and trees/bumps but want something that will ski the groomers well too. From what I can tell, the Watea 84 fits my ski style pretty well.
I'm skiing on a pair of beginner skis that I got when I started (I think around 164 cm). My other experience on other skis this past year include demoing the K2 Apache Xplorer at 170 and Nordica Afterburner at 170. Loved the afterburner, but felt the Xplorer was a little heavy and hard the maneuver, especially in the trees.
Anyway, wondering if the 176 cm would be too long given my experience so far has been with a ski much shorter? Should I stick with the 167cm? Thanks for your help.