Anyone remember the Graduated Length Method (GLM)? Old, but still essentially true.
Beginners generally favor shorter skis. I would probably go with something around 170 if I were you. It's all personal preference, but generally, you're going to have a much better time with shorter (but not ridiculously short) skis.
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(on October 2-3, 2009
): Schweitzer receives first snowfall of the 2009-10 season. Ken Barrett, lead guide at Selkirk Powder Company, kicks off season by skiing down the ramp outside SPC's private lodge. Think Snow.