My first post - so thanks to all those kind enough to steer me into a final decision. I've finally parted with a few bucks and buried my old - first generation parabolic skis with the purchase of new Volkl AC30's. Beautiful skis but I'm unsettled as whether to go with 170's - the length of my current Head skis or the 163's which the store tech recommended. Here are the factors in play.
I'm 47, 200lbs, 5' 10", advanced+ skier - but old school style(!), I ski Eastern Canada (Mont Tremblant) so lots of groomed runs, and frequent ice/crud. I prefer short, fall line turns but can easily be tricked into wide sweeping runs. Moguls are good too, but not my finest moment.
I find my current 170's a wee bit long in the moguls, but looking at the 163's - I wonder who shrunk my skis.
So, long story short - I think I'd prefer the 163's so long as my weight etc, dont overpower them. I'm not out for a super aggressive all day ski hence the hedge for something shorter. Finally, I thought shorter would be easier for the necessary transition from old school to 20th century technique.
Voila - any views/suggestions on the 163's?? Much appreciated!