She as well as me started skiing last season 2011/2012, she has been using an old rental rosignol 70mm waist size 150cm.
About her, 5'2", 130lbs. She is a beginner and she is able to ski green, blue and the easiest blacks in good condition. She won`t go off piste no matter what and prefers grommed runs but she is okay on blue ungrommed, not much on black ungrommed.
Here is the list I narrowed down to:
Blizzard Viva 8.1 151/158
Rossignol Temptation 78 150/158
Fischer KOA 78 154
Atomic Affinity Pure 154
From the skis above she did demo the Blizzard Viva 8.1 151cm and liked it, so maybe I should just go with it, but I`d like to see if anyone has any experience with the others.
Right now I`m more in favor of the Fischer KOA 78 because of the reviews I`ve seen so far being a friendly ski and not so stiff. It seems it would require less effort than the Blizzard she demoed.
Her DIN is 4.5 so it will work well with any of the bindings provided in the package.