Thanks everyone, for the replies! I wish I would have found this forum before purchasing my skis!
Ideally, it would be nice to demo a bunch before buying. But I have to say, that's probably why we quit skiing. Our equipment is old and we're too lazy (and busy) to go demo a bunch of skis to replace our equipment. A couple of years ago, we had some relatives in town and we took them skiing. We rented some skis and we requested and paid for the high end demo package. At the time, I had done absolutely no research at all and knew nothing about the newer equipment. They put me in K2 First Luv -- the shortest ones and I can't remember what they put my husband in, but I want to say they are similar beginner type shorter skis -- maybe they were Nordica's? We went to Copper Mountain and skied mostly blue and black packed powder runs, though we did ski a few black bump runs. I didn't really have anything to compare against, but I thought my ski's were OK. My husband didn't like his skis, though. He thought they felt unstable.
I really would like to ski again because I miss it so much (I used to go a lot when I was in college). It's silly too because we bought a small ski condo in Breck by the slopes 12 years ago and shortly afterwards, we quit skiiing! How stupid is that? My husband is happy just going snowshoeing in the winter. I'm essentially "forcing" him to go skiing with me this winter... which is why I'm the one taking the initiative to buy him some new equipment.
So probably something versatile -- middle of the road. Not too stiff, not too soft. I'm guessing something around 170cm?? I was thinking low to mid 80's waist. But this is just based on reading stuff online. He's a pretty conservative skier, and always focusing on having good technique.
Thanks again, everyone! Next up will be boots... and then clothes... and maybe a helmet??? I'm starting to remember why I quit skiing now...