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went through the same thing a couple of years ago. my gf is 5'4" and about 110lbs. The ski tech that we were working with set her up with pair of twin tips so she could smear turns easier while she is learning, a length of about 150 cm and a waist of 83mm (a little wider than beginner, but we live in the PNW where the grooming is poor and the snow is plentiful and heavy). She's taken them from groomers only to now some more off piste stuff. The Solomon Lady's look like a pretty good ski. The Solomon Vamp ( i think it replaced the mynx) may be a good bet too, especially because it looks to be about $200 cheaper (found some online for $350). Similar specs, but with no tip rocker. The Vamp may also be a little softer being that it's a park ski. Just mount it back from boot center for an all mountain feel. The other way you could go is a true groomer ski with something in the low to mid 70mm at the waist.
The bindings should be fine. I steep-and-cheaped a pair of look px12's for her skis and they've worked fine. Everyone has their favorites, but as long as the din can be set correctly for her skill/weight, any bindings bindings should be okay.
The Salomon Lady is a great ski. We have 4 pairs in our family (Wife, outlaw & nieces). One of the most versatile women ski out there. Very forgiving yet can kick it with the big boys. Can ski both east & west with the same ski. Good on both hard pack and soft snow. My wife won't take out her powder board out west until there is more than 12".
153cm is a pretty good length.
There is no segregation between men & women when it comes to bindings.
Just consider that most women racers ski in so call uni-sex skis, bindings, poles & boots.
Most of the time the pastel colors & floral pattern is all that differentiate women specific stuffs from their uni-sex counter parts.
Target marketing - that what they call it.
The reverse is also true - I know I won't buy a pastel pink ski with a wild floral pattern regardless.