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Thats actually about the right size.
For me, having longer skis makes switch ups harder
Well, to answer your question, longer skis are heavier and harder to control. If you are a strong skiier, you can handle a longer ski because you have the clout to handle that extra weight.
I do agree however, that in your case the skis are a good length, my friend is 5'11" and he rides 189s just fine.
Traditional Ski techs will tell you to get a shorter ski then many people will use only becuase the traditional mounting location. But with Centermounted skis you have less tip then a traditional mounted ski so you dont feel the extra length. Im 5'8 and love my 178 Liberitys!