Well, Ski, let me revise my previous statement a bit - your weight definitely is going to be a factor, but only one factor. Some other factors are your strength, the particular skis themselves, and the way you ski. For example, I stand 5'8" and weigh in at about 150 [depending on the scale used]. I'm sixty years old, and I'm a so-so skier. Usually, rather than ski fast, I like to make a lot of turns and enjoy variable terrain such as lumpy, twisty stuff in natural ungroomed snow. My Rossignol Bandit XX skis are perfect for me in 170, but that same model is HORRID for me in 177. However, the Rossignol Bandit X is a narrower ski than the midfat XX, and I need to go as long as 177 in that to feel comfortable. In "shorty slalom" skis, I'm comfortable on 160 if the ski is Rossignol T-Power Viper but must go to 167 if the ski is the softer flexing T-Power Cobra X [current model]. The T-Powers are made to be skied shorter than "normal".
Since the skis you've purchased are fairly narrow as today's skis go, and since they're pretty good short turners on groomed snow, their length will be less of a problem for you than if they were wider - in other words, the narrowest part under the boot on your skis is 63 millimeters wide, while the narrowest part under the boot on my Bandit XX's is 74 millimeters wide. My ski will float better in deeper snow, while your skis will turn more easily on groomed snow. So overall, especially since you'll be adding some weight as you get older, these could work out to be a lot of fun for you. The best advice: Since you already bought the skis and they're no longer a question, get lessons from a certified instructor.
[ September 01, 2002, 10:28 AM: Message edited by: oboe ]