TheSmokinLYeah for context I’m only 5foot and 102lbs so I went with the vacations (106) instead of the friend (114) because even tho I’m a really aggressive skier with 23 some years under my belt, I know my weight has held me back on previous skis, regardless of these being my first pows (or I guess all mtns as some have pointed out). Whether I made the right decision or not, I’m still hype on em and mounting question is still the same. Going from true center to figuring what’s comfy is the hard part but these opinions are helpful
Im still reading your guys comments tho, I wanted you to know because it’s really helping me solidify where I’m going to mount these planks. After reading I’m def swayed away from true center (thanks for all the details that led me to that) and I’m debating a healthy -2 or -4 and learning slightly closer to -4 as of now
Go look at 4cm. It's not much. It makes a difference, but it's not much. And yeah, at your size, a 106 pow ski makes great sense. There's a lot of girls I know who shred pow well on skis in the 90mm waist range. 106 will be perfect for your size and preference. If you find they aren't enough, you can always pick up something a little fatter.
My Kartel 106s were mounted at -2.5 and I loved them there for everyday skiing. Sure, I could have gone further back, but unless it was a day where 16"ish + had fallen, I wouldn't really notice a problem. But for those deeper days, I had bigger skis. Except one year I rode the kartels every day. Even on big dumps. There are even some pow days where I take out my 106s cause they get in the pow a little better. Easier to slice through, easier to get face shots;) etc.
youll be fine on the 106s, and if -4 scares you, go -2.5 or -3, or hell, even -2.75 haha. If I was on those skis I would probably mount them at -2.5 just based on my kartels, but idk how different the J skis are
stoked you're trying to move back tho! Once you ski a few days on them and notice how well they carve, the stability, etc, you'll be in love.