Originally Posted by Richard Shergold
................At 6' 3" and 170lbs would appreciate any further advice. ......................
I think you need to eat more.
Seriously, I skied the AC3 a few years back before I got into AT skiing. My first ski after the AC3 was the AC4 (red one), which I hated as it was a stiff one dimentional plank. I was fortunate enough to offload it quickly and ended up on Stockli Stormrider XL's . The Stockli's has less shape (sidecut), were lighter, not uber stiff and I was easily able to go from skiing a 170cm (AC3/AC40) to 174cm Stormrider XL. Overall, the Stormrider was a far more versatile ski and a far more forgiving ski than either of the AC's (I took the AC3 out again recently and rediscovered what a piece of shyte it really is). My first AT ski was a Stockli Stormrider XXL @ 178cm, again, not too stiff, no radical side cut, for the mixed skiing we get here (Oz) it was (and still is) a great ski - it holds its own on ice, will charge through crud and although not at all fat by todays standards, will hold its own in deep fresh snow with a balanced/centered technique. The Wayback could be a good choice (I have not skied it , but its getting good reviews), but you need to remember that you need a versatile ski for BC skiing and the AC Volkls are really a one trick pony (frontside carver).