I'm getting the run around looking for skis. Unless you're a cute little athletic thing, you tend to get pushed aside in a ski shop and being pushed towards recreational beginner/intermediate skis.
I don't want to get into a big debate on whether there should be men's versus women's skis; but I just want to look at one piece of it.
I'm an ex-competitive mogul skier that essentially got back into the sport last year. 20 years ago I was on 185 cm skis. Last year mid-160s were the models I demoed and liked, but always found issues without getting enough acceleration out of a turn. Now, I'm about 5'4", advanced/expert skier, but I'm heavy (although lost about 45 lbs this year and plan on losing more.)
I'm trying to figure out whether I would be better off going for longer women's skis or a similar model in a men's ski at my preferred length (160ish)? (Ideally, I'd be out there demoing dozens of skis, but this would help narrow out the starting point.)