its my first year too. i got k2 fujatives and am pretty happy w/ them so far. its only been a few weeks but they're holding up good in the park. dunno about powder though cause it dont exist in indiana
I found out after 5 weeks of shopping around that there are a million different all-mountain skis. You'll just have to do what I did and go to the store and bend em, stand on em, and ask a million questions. Then there's bindings, boots and poles.
The people here give excellent advice, but you really do have to touch them to know for sure.
i switched from skiboards to public enemies 3 years ago, and wish now that i would have waited the extra week to get the fujatives.
the public enemy is sweet, but softer skis seem like they would be more fun, although that stiffness comes in handy sometimes.
you're 6'1 160 w/ 171s!? hmm.. I'm not going to flame anybody for ski heights b/c I don't care... but you don't have a problem w/ those doing all mountain and faster stuff? I'm 6'0 155 and have 182s and wouldn't dream of going w/ anything shorter than that if I planned on taking them all mtn...
"Hey dragon! You fly like a girl!"
scratches, 1080's, Fujatives, or silencers would all be great.
You are about the same weight as me but a little taller so I would suggest going with a ski in the 180ish range, I started on and am still riding 180cm AR5's and love 'em. Good luck getting good at halfpipe in your first year, today was my 11th or so day of skiing and I'm just getting 180's down, still have yet to slide a box well though.