Originally Posted by NJskier164
what length has she been skiing on? For a first pair, I would stick with what she's comfortable with, not something she'll "grow into".
I think that ^^^ is the key. If she's been on shorter skis, go with the 149s.
I'm 5'2" ... chin-height would be about 137 cms ... my beginner skis were 138 cm
At 5'6" ... her chin-height would be about 148 cms
My beginner skis were Atomics. They were light, easy to maneuver. I could focus on what I needed to learn, not on trying to keep the skis out of each other's way.
I've read good things about the Atomic Cloud 7 and heard good reviews of the Cloud 9 from advanced skiers. But I don't think you would go wrong with either ski. Expect her to outgrow the skis, in terms of skills, in a year or so. At those prices, you can sell them at a ski swap and get most of your money back.