OK, no snide comments please - yes, length does matter!
I wasn't going to post this until I had another day on the hill, but seeing as Yard Sale bought up the topic on how easy it was to ride a longer board, I thought I might ask for input.
When I ride my 156 slalom board or my 159 Rossi I'm quite happy on them. It feels as if I'm balanced in the centre of the board, weight over the front foot and the nose swings really easily. Transitions are simple and I have no problem finishing off the carve, and using the turn back uphill to keep the speed under control.
When I get on to the 162 GS board I feel like I'm a long way from the nose, and while the carves are good and strong I find myself "in the back seat" where the board gets away from me and I end up rocketing down the hill and having to scrub the speed off. And on the Donek which is a 167, it's even worse. I'm running stance at 16 1/2 to 17 inches depending on where the holes end up on the board, which seems to leave me with a lot of nose and tail that I have trouble flexing in the "C". I tried widening the stance and found I had real issues initiating turns, and it just wasn't comfortable.
Is there something I'm missing here? I love the longer boards, and the carving is awesome, but I'm finding this just a little frustrating...