It's a tough call on the ski length. I'm 5'9" and use the 185's with the Naxo '01 AT binding on them, but again that's an alpine setup of course and you're thinking tele. Really think about your skiing style when making the decision. If it's speed & big turns you're into then the 185's are going to make you happy. If you're a little slower and looking for more control the 175's are great.
As for skins, like Kay said, the BCA pocket rocket tip is the way to go. You'll have no issues getting them to work with any skin you choose. BCA also has great skins in the Lowfat series which you can get to fit just about any ski on the market barring something that's wider than 120mm.
Kay - your big ass hubbie should be on 185's!!! Handyman & I are going up to Berthoud Pass Saturday morning with Tiffany & I think Eric. Grab Deano & the dog and come play with us. - Mark...P.S. what studio did you get that photo taken in? The backdrop looked great!!