Originally Posted by Schussgrl70
Thank you. I am 5'9" 165 and purchased 173 length which is the same as my K2 Burnin Luv shaped ski.
I think you're gonna like these skis; I've just loved them, and they've been my daily driver for three seasons. 173 sounds just right for you. I'm 5'3" and have been more than satisfied weighing from 160-175 both on the 153 cm Geishas I started with and the 164 cm Shoguns I upgraded to last spring. (I'd demoed the 164s, but I was overeager and 153 was the only size left in the demo sale). Both lengths rode nicely throughout. I was a middling intermediate with stemmed and smeary and slidey turns when I got them, and at 153 they were super-forgiving. With the bad attitude about lessons back then I'm glad I had a ski that let me have maximum fun despite having limited skills. The longer skis are even more fun, though; they're more stable at speed, love big swoopy turns, do a better job of smashing through everything, let me cheat when I need to, and are really responding to any improvement in technique.
Geishas/Shoguns are happiest in various soft surfaces and powder as well as as chalky edgeable snow. I've been a powder-phobe (long story, but I'm gonna resolve that this year!!) so I've avoided deep pow, but although they're probably a little stiff and cambered for a pure powder ski and don't have the kind of rocker that powder specialists have, they should be fine in the deep stuff. Their only weakness is on really hard surfaces, where their width and construction make them less grippy, though tolerable. In fact, I'm supplementing them with a narrower more carvy ski this year to deal better with refrozen surfaces we get between storms and in the shoulders of the season and to work on technical skills. You might decide to do the same at some point, but frankly the Geisha is versatile enough to be a real one ski quiver for most Colorado or Utah skiers.
Post back and let us know after you've played around with them a bit!