Alright, I am 5'10' and i weigh 165lbs. I want to get a ski that can do everything. I'll be using it for groomed trails and riding glades. When I get better I want to be able to use them a little in the park. I have skied many times before and can parallel ski rather well. I am not concerned with what model ski to purchase, but what size is proper for this style of riding. I don't really want you to just say 'x' size as much as I want people to actually explain this and why it is important. Thanks.
See if you can demo/try out skis from stores in your area, or if any manufacturers are stopping by your hill for a demo day soon. Try out as many skis in different sizes as possible. That is the best way to get educated.
scratch BC's or ARV's in the 170s or 180's if your gonna get physical. Skis are good if they are about your size for groomers and park, bigger than you=more flotation, therefore for powder-oriented skiing(heavier and harder to ski with too)
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the ski cant tell how tall you are, only how much power your putting into the ski. so for someone whos about your weight start at a 170 for an intermediate for the type of ski your looking for, and then move towards something in the 180s for an expert. pretty simple.
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Bigger ski is going to be more stable going fast on groomers as well as better flotation in powder in the glades. A smaller ski will be easier to turn and easier to spin but chatter alot going fast and not float you as much in powder, which equals more work. Try to get a ski around your forehead, thats pretty standard although its all about personal preference you really have to demo some. However most good skiers go longer on the scale because they are alot more stable and just ski better. Like everyone said a 175cm sounds about good for you...longer or shorter depending what you want.
I know one misconception is that shorter skis have less friction and thus go faster since less is touchng the ground. This is entirely false because friction varies directly as weight, not surface area. Try taking a wooden block and piling weights on it. It is no easier to pull on the wider side than the narrow side, with the same weight ontop.
So even if I was to ski park all day (which I'm not at all going to do), I would still want a ski around 170cm?