I'm a relative beginner and just after some advice on purchasing my first brand new pair of skis (previously hired, then used a mate's old ones).
By beginner I mean I've only had a few weekends in Scotland this year and a few the year before, but I'm now quite comfortable - can control my speed, pretty comfortable with my turns & confident enough to go quite fast at times. I'm fine on runs claimed to be intermediate and am pushing towards the more advanced ones.
I'm about 5'9 or 10 and somewhere around 70-75kg, and looking at some Rossignol Alias which are only available in 156 or 166. I'd have thought 156 too small but I like shorter skis for their control and maneuverability so maybe 166 is too big? The skis I was using at the end of last year were cheapish 163s, they were OK but I wasn't as comfortable as with the 160s or less I'd previously hired. Although we sometimes go fairly fast I'm more interested in maneuverability whatever the conditions.
The Rossignol Alias have this "Autoturn technology" which looks very good - the claim is they're firm in the middle but flex at the ends making them easier to turn but still being stable at speed. If they're significantly easier to turn than your average 166s I might be OK.
Does anyone have any experience whether this autoturn thing actually works or would I be safer going for a shorter ski? (Or any suggestions on size in general?)
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