What size ski for K2 Sidestash, 174 or 167cm. I feel that many folks use ski that could be shorter. Same with boots that are too stiff. For full-time work (ski patrol), I will use these ski for mixed conditions, powder, crud, trashed snow. For bone hardpack, I use Dynastar Mythic Rider (174 cm) - great skis. I weigh 155 lbs, very good skier (ski professionally), commonly ski with a pack on steep, unforgiving conditions. I have a race background.
For the K2 Sidestash skis, I will use new Scarpa Mobe AT boots with Marker Baron bindings (DIN 8). For my work skis, I need to ability to use occasionally skins, but its mostly skiing. Shorter skis might help with steep skiing around tight trees, but my typical length is perhaps a better all around ski. FYI, touring skis, I use Dynafit binding with 174 cm ski super lite skis. Thanks!