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Dynastar Exclusive 9, need suggestion for correct length

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My wife is 5'2" to 5'3", about 120 lbs. She skiis sporadically at the intermediate level. Can carve OK on intermediate slopes, struggles on the steeps to carve cleanly but can get down them in one piece.

I've pretty much decided on the Dynastar Exclusive 9's, 2004/2005 version (a few years old, but discounted), but should I go for the 142cm or 150cm version? Any one have any experience?
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Forgot to mention that we are New England skiiers, hard pack and ice. My wife will maybe ski 6 times a year (that's what I meant by "sporadic"). She is an intermediate - can link turns on intermediate slopes, but probably skis too far back on her rear, which is why she struggles on the steeper stuff.
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If you're talking about the blue and white "checkerboard" pattern Exclusive 9 from a few years back, here's a reference point. My 15 y/o daughter has been on it for two years in 150 cm. She's now 5'4 / 105 lbs but was shorter and lighter when she first got on it. She's not a hard charger, she prefers blues and manages blacks but seems tentative. She loves the skis and has never felt the 150 was too long or difficult in any respect.
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Why would you NOT use the 142?

If that ski should not be skied by someone that is 5'2"-5'3" and 120 lbs, who should ski it?

Especially consider which will be the faster ski the 150 or 142? For a 6x per year skier, I'd say go slower -- they will have way more fun when feeling in control. Being shorter, they will be easier to turn as well.
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