What you get with a Pandora depends on the year. Even last year it had a less progressive rocker profile than its brother the SFB. Not convinced it is a top choice given what is out there. Also, IIRC the S7 family all have some camber.
You did not provide any info about where you are skiing, what terrain you are skiing, your ht/wt, etc. So specifics are hard to pin down. That said, some things to look at:
Praxis is making several powder oriented skis in smaller people sizes this year. The Powder Boards come down to 160 cm. They are a hoot in powder - but the full reverse/reverse does not sing to everyone who needs to return on groomers . The Protests come down to 163 cm this year. An awesome powder ski that is very variable/crud capable. The "BC", which is not just for the BC, is a very all-around powder friendly design. Definitely a great choice for someone who wants to go modern but still be in a familiar place. I ski all of these and obviously am a big fan. (The "EPIC" discount code combined with pre-season pricing makes these a huge value at the moment).
The Salomon Rocker 2 is seriously worthy. One of two skis that blew me away when I did a bunch of spring demos from several major brands last year. Positive words also abound on the Armada VJJ/JJ as well. Both are available in shorter lengths (the Rocker 2 has a nice waist stepdown to 115 in the 180 and 170 sizes). Skis like these and the Bent Chetler are very powder oriented, yet cover a broad range of conditions. Many, many people in the west will be using "five pointers" like these as their "go to" skis this year.
K2's line has some worthy entries. Do not underestimate the Pon2oon (available in 169). It was the other ski that wildly exceeded expectations. Not only is it a great powder ski, but it eats up all kinds of other snow. On firm snow, it skis much "narrower" than its 132 mm girth would lead you to expect. The Miss Directed/Obsethed is another ski design that bridges worlds & covers an insanely wide range of conditions.
Obviously the S7 family is worth a look. It is an icon in the category.
As others have noted, the Yvette/112RP has many fans.
The list goes on...this is a year where smaller people finally have some really nice options available from a decent number of brands. The key themes for powder are: rockered (both tip and tail), fatter (at least 105 cm wide), limited or no camber and ideally some form of early taper (which can be quite subtle). The general rule of thumb is to go longer than your carvers - typically 10cm or more. But the details of specific designs influence that.
While I'm a bigger guy, I've been on these kinds of skis for a long time. As has my spouse. As have some smaller friends. The basic design issues are generally applicable. One thing to be aware of - while skill basics remain much the same, listen to the skis - especially in powder. These skis do not demand the same kind of technique that narrower conventional skis do. Google around, do some reading & above all - play with an open mind.
oops - just noticed I missed liv2ski's post which came in after I first read this thread. Rather than editing, I guess I'll just be repetitive...
Edited by spindrift - 9/11/11 at 3:51pm