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Downhill skiing : how to choose your ski

A type of ski for each type of skier

To choose a pair of skis, it is of capital importance to first determine two things: one’s skiing level and the type of skiing one aspires to. Determining skiing ability guarantees that the ski equipment will give you the greatest pleasure on the slopes..

4 skiing levels:

  • improving: the skier has little experience, skis slowly on blue and green slopes. Skier is able to make snow plough turns and sliding.
  • intermediate: the skier can ski all types of slopes. The skiing style is evolving.
  • confirmed: the skier is confident and adapts skiing technique to the terrain. Skis rapidly and can ski through powder.
  • expert: the skier has mastered all skiing techniques, speed, and skiing on all types of terrain. This skier needs a high performance ski.

5 skiing styles:

  • recreational: an easy ski
  • freeride: for deep and powder skiing
  • all-mountain: as the name implies, an all purpose, go everywhere ski
  • speed racing: needs a fast performance ski on the slopes
  • freestyle: a ski for the slopes, side-country, and snow parks.

The skis’ construction characteristics will let you choose your skis from among parabolic skis, freeride or freestyle : a wide ski tip will be a plus for turning, a short tip means fewer vibrations and a long tip will make it easier to get out of deep snow.

A narrow waist will allow a quicker edge-to-edge transition while a wider waist will give better contact on the snow.

A large tail is synonymous with stability: a narrower tail will allow slipping and a raised tail will mean that the dare-devils can make backwards jumps.

Choosing ski length

For skis that are manageable, the following is recommended: 4 to 6 inches less than the skier’s height for small turns and less fatigue at the end of the day.

For a more stable ski and carving wider turns, choose skis that are the same as the skier’s height. And finally, for skis with greater contact on deep, hard snow, go for a ski that is 2 to 6 inches taller than the skier. In all events, bindings will be adjusted to the skier’s level. For a beginner, bindings will be loose so the skier can easily step out of the bindings in case of a fall.

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