Choosing the Perfect Pair of Skis for Rock Star Status

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With the winter months fast approaching, you may be getting excited at the prospect of heading out onto the slopes and making the most of the weather. If you’re new to the sport of skiing, you may be overwhelmed at the thought of buying a pair of skis, as such, you should consider the following four factors before making a purchase.

1. Gender

Skis are designed to accommodate each gender’s typical characteristics; choosing the wrong type could be a big mistake.

Men’s skis are designed for grown men of all abilities, shapes and sizes. On average, men are larger and heavier than women, so these skis can actually be used universally. However, women should stick to female skis unless there are exceptional circumstances.

That’s because women skis are made specifically for ladies. They are made with the female anatomy in mind. Even for the aggressive skiers out there, you should stick to women’s skis.

2. Waist Width

This refers to the measurement of the ski at its narrowest point (under your feet). Narrow widths are better for edge-to-edge turns, whereas wider skis offer more stability and boast better floating characteristics in deep snow.

When choosing your ski’s waist width, keep your skill level in mind. Novices should stick to wider skis until they are comfortable, whereas intermediates and above can opt for narrow width to give more control.

3. Side Cut

Side cut refers to the hourglass shape of the ski. The more pronounced this is, the easier it is to perform sharp turns and engage the self-steer factor of the skis. Skis with less of a cut are able to travel faster, though don’t offer as much control.

The side cut of your skis should be determined by how you plan to use them. If you’re going to ski at a ski resort, then you should opt for less of a cut to give you a boost down the slopes. If you plan on cross-country skiing, then choosing more a side cut will allow you to navigate your terrain easily.

4. Camber vs. Rocker

The camber of the ski refers to the arch shape induced along the ski’s length. The purpose of these designs is to distribute your weight evenly along the ski in order to give you a smoother ride. Cambered skis have a traditional shape, where the center of the ski is raised when the ski is placed on the ground un-weighted. This design offers the most edge hold, stability and rebound for trail skiing.

Rockers, on the other hand, offer more maneuverability as they engage the tip of the ski into a turn much quicker than cambers. This increase the ski’s ‘floatability‘ allowing you to ride on the top of the snow similar to a water ski. With your skis on top of the snow, it is much easier to maintain your speed and turn with much less effort.

 

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