My name is Dave, I'm potentially looking to snag a new pair of skis this year, and I've been reading through the forums for tips on sizing but that's left me with some questions. I've been skiing for 19 years and i love to ski everywhere (off piste, trees, cliffs, backcountry, shitty tricks off natural features etc), but I've never spent a whole lot of time in the park. I'm looking to get a little more into it this year and I have a couple questions, but first some info:
I mostly ski in the PNW; home is Mt. Hood Meadows and I get out to Bachelor and Baker regularly, with a bigger road trip sprinkled in every year. I'm 6'4, 190 lbs, 27 yo. Pretty sure I'm looking for a relatively stiff, mustache camber ski that I can take all over the mountain (high speed over chunder, ice, frequent drops, etc), that would also be solid for learning some skillz in the park too. I'm currently on 2015 Atomic Bent Chetlers (192 cm), and basically I just want something pretty similar but narrower, lighter, and more nimble for blasting around in the spring, playing around in the park, hardpack days, etc.
Hoping to find something on sale at this point of the summer (seeing some hot deals out there), so I ideally don't want to spend more than $450-$500 (w/o bindings). So far seems doable this time of year. My questions:
Length. I've seen a lot of ppl say that they like park skis to be about the same height as them, if not a cm or two longer. By that logic I should be on 193 - 195s. Does that sound right? Seems long to me but i really have no idea (hence the thread).
Width. How wide would you say is too wide for the park? Do you think a waist around 96-100 would be too much, or could that make sense for my size? On the other side of that coin - the Moment Vice seems sick but it's only 83 underfoot and the longest version is 184 cm, do you think that's too small for me to confidently ski all over the mountain when I don't wanna be in the park? It looks like a lot of park-oriented skis max out around that length.
Maybe these are dumb questions... but the only skis I've used in the past six years are my old Ninthward THA 187s and the current Bent Chetlers, so all this time i've been on waist widths of 109 and 120 respectively. I would be so stoked to get something a bit smaller and lighter, I love the big skis but in certain conditions / in the park they can feel a little bit cumbersome sometimes.
Phew thank you so much if you read all of that! I def appreciate your time / any input you have. Psyched to get into the park more this season!