I know this might a very common question, but read quite a few very useful posts here so I am sure I can get very good feedback on this, I will try to provide the best background of myself for some recommendations, and although I know it can be difficult it will certainly help me look around a bit more.
My height ist 5'7'' (170cm) and I weight around 144 lbs (65kb). I am 30.
I started skiing 4 years ago (switched from snowboarding). Although a recent skir, I spent two winters in Andorra, in which the first I good load of good coaching. I skied most of the time with a ski instructor friend of mine who completely built up my skiing skills. The problem I had, though, is that both winters were a very crappy snow season so all my learning happened on piste.
Coming from snowboard, off piste is one of the things I miss the most and every time I can I adventure myself off piste, but I don't feel quite comfortable or confident yet so that's one thing I'd like my ski to help me with.
The first skis I owned were a Rossignol Zenith Z5 170cm (2006/7). I bought them a few years ago and I bought them a bit long thinking of having a bit more floating off piste, but this year, because I haven't skied that much and probably because I loose a bit of weight I kind of found them a bit long and I really got interested in changing them for shorter ones.
I kind of liked the skis so looked for the same on or the Z9 to switch to, probably 162cm, but I'd like to hear your comments on that. Both on which ski and what length.
To be honest, I think I will spend a lot of time on piste, I like to make sharp turns and practice my technique, but I really want to start gaining confidence off piste as well.
So, any help and recommendation will be helpfull. I guess I'll wait until the end of the next US ski season to try to get a good sale.
Greetings from Argentina,