I bought a new set of ski's at the end of last ski season, my first in at least 10 years, Atomic beta carve were my old skis. I got a set of 2010 Dynastar Sultan 80's in 165cm, I think they match my skill level just fine, intermediate with room to grow, but now I'm 2nd guessing the length. The old adage was the ski should be as tall as you were as you progressed, and these are as tall as I am at 5'5 but maybe I should have gone with a 158cm. The rules may have changed with all the shaped skis out there these days.
I rented skis last year while I was getting back into skiing, and looking for equipment. I haven't mounted bindings to these so I thought if I went shorter I could sell these off. Oh, I'm 5'5 tall and 170lbs and at an intermediate level, if that makes a difference