this is tough!
there are so many variables; style, terrain and experience are my biggest factors when buying skis.
i'm 5'7", 160 lbs, been on skis since i was 7. my biggest problem buying skis is that i tend to fall in love with 1 or 2 skis on demo day, but never buy them because they're too terrain specific. also, i (like alot of easterners) like to think that this is the season i drop my life and move to a ski town out west; which means that i'll need something different. it's been happening for years.
i decided on a Volk ac4 this year. i doubt it'll answer all the questions in my mind, but it worked for my wife when i told her that it was a real all-mountain ski?