I'm new here and been scouring forums here and at the ski diva, I *think* I've decided upon the 10/11 blizzard viva 7.6 for this season (But I'm game for suggestions).
I've been skiing on old 2002 atomic 9.18's in 150 length. I'd classify myself as a solid intermediate female who tries to keep up with her expert husband.. I am 5'4" and 120 lbs. I normally ski in the northeast (NY, VT), and go to austria at least once a year. If I go out west, I rent (which I am fine with). I ski primarily on piste on the lovely NE or alps hardpack (95% of the time). I have been really working on my carving, and don't mind going fast-ish as long as I feel in control (both of my knees are post-ACL reconstruction so I'm wary at times). But I also like to have a few fun, easy runs after enjoying a schnitzel mit pommes where I cruise down the mountain taking in the view.
So about these vivas. I'm comfortable, obviously, with 150, as I've been on it for a long time. The Vivas come in a 149 length and 156. Based on my height/weight, what ski length would you recommend for me? I'm hesitant to stray from my beloved 150-ish length, but then again, will I be holding myself back? My fear is that the ski will feel "uncontrollable" for me, too long and awkward. With my atomics now, I feel as though they get a little squirrley in the crud and sometimes on steep ice. As for a demo, I live in Manhattan, no car, and probably not going to make it to a demo day before we leave for austria this year.
Thoughts? (or if you'd recommend a ski that might suit me more?)
Edited by FB User (Private) - 11/26/10 at 5:04pm