Ok, some strong opinions! Thanks though.
Do you guys think the 156cm (they have one) is going to be a better choice and more versatile then? That's only an inch shorter than the 159 that seems standard for my height.. Likewise it's only an inch longer than the 153 that you say is going to struggle with me!
It's a medium flex (6/10) for the record. The Live has a great reputation; it IS an all-rounder board; and I'm talking about dropping two (with the 156, one) inches off the standard for my size. Surely at least the 156cm should be a versatile ride?
Regarding my riding, I drive 40 minutes to the indoor snowpark once a week. I have booked my first week in the Alps of the season (December) and plan a total of three.