I am 180 pounds and 5'9" Advanced...
I am 180 pounds and 5'9" Advanced intermediate- like to ski aggresively, go fast and like deep powder. Ski mostly Northwest resorts SHould I buy an 168 cm or 176 com women's s7? Should I consider the mens? I understand it is a little wider
Definitely get at least the 178 if not the 188 (offered in men's). There is no difference between the mens' and the womens' other than the topsheet; even the flex is the same. The mens' dimensions are 115 at the waist in 188, but the same dimensions (i.e. 110 at the waist) as the s7w in 178. They ski very short due to the rocker. I'm 130 lbs advanced intermediate and the 178 is great for me so you will probably find it way too short at 180 lbs.
Hey CT. You would definitely be much happier with the 178. I am 5'3" and 120 lbs (advanced skier) and can easily maneuver the 168cm, in fact I thought that was a bit on the short side for me. Its good to keep in mind that the rocker on both the tips and tails means this ski will feel shorter when skied. I advise you to steer clear of the 168cm length, you are going to be much happier with longer sticks.