Choosing the Right Ski

Sports & Recreations

  • Author Zac Jacobsen
  • Published February 18, 2019
  • Word count 411

Whether this is your first time skiing or you are a skier, it is always important to gain as much possible knowledge on any equipment before buying it. In this article, you will learn what the difference is between skis and what you should consider before purchasing.

The different types of skis:

All Mountain: The term "All Mountain" is a bit misleading because All Mountain skis can range from slightly modified carving to slimmed down powder skis or even some versions of big-mountain skis. An All-Mountain ski can be any ski you like. All Mountain skis are an excellent option for first-time buyers.

Big Mounted Freeride Skis: These skis are more ideal for expert skiers who like to go fast in steep terrain. Big Mountain skis are mixed with elements of a powder ski and an old-school race ski. They are built to remain steady at high speeds but made with a wider base for handling.

Backcountry/ Alpine touring skis: These type of skis focus primarily on uphill mobility. They are extremely low weight that offers touring features like notches in the tip and tail for attaching climbing skins.

Powder skis: I bet you can figure out what these skis are used for. Literally, these skis are for deep snow. Their primary focus is being flotational and maneuverable in soft snow. They range in size, shape, and character. Because they are so versatile, this is a number one choice for most skier profiles.

-Carving skis: These skis are ideal for skiers who spend almost all their time on groomed slopes who wish to accomplish high-speed arcs. Their real focus is on speed, grip, and precision turning. If you plan to spend all your time inbounds on groomed trails with a race feel, then a carving ski is perfect for you.

Park and Pipe/ Freestyle skis: These skis come with "twin" tails, with symmetrical dimensions, and mounting points. They are built this way to make it easier to switch from forward to backward riding easier. Although these skis are made for tricks, you can expect to see them out on skiers all over the mountain.

Now, that you know the different types of skis, you can narrow down your search by these critical questions:

Where do you plan on skiing 80-90 percent of your time?

What is your skiing personality?

Do you need versatility in your skis?

Hopefully, you found this article helpful so you can find the perfect skis for you. will help you get outfitted with skis for your next adventure. Let our team of experts help you out today.

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