Autumn is almost finished, which means that winter is going to take over! While snow is what winter-lovers are all about, the start of this season can also be a difficult moment for ski-lovers as they shall choose the right type of skis to buy this season.
Skis are a big investment because you cannot ski all year round. It is only done for a certain season, so you really can’t mess it up by being stuck with an uncomfortable ski. Thus, having the perfect snow partner by checking all existing factors when buying one would be a great plan to enjoy the snow.
Winter is skis season
Ski stores release new designs and add specifications to winter gear every year: new technologies, fresh designs, and even revamped versions of the classic ones. If you are a skiing lover, browsing the internet is not a new phenomenon once the new designs come out.
However, do not be too carried with how cool some skis are. When skiing, the most important thing is that it is appropriate and comfortable for you. Below is a guide to help you make the right decision on which ski to choose among the many choices.
To describe skis easier, they are usually identified by a single number. This number signifies the width at the center of the ski directly under where you will place your foot.
A ski’s sidecut or geometry is based on three measurements (in millimeters): the ski tip, which is usually the largest number, the center, which is generally the narrowest among measurements, and the tail, which usually measures less than the tip.
The materials used in making the ski, material layering, the sidecut, and other factors affect how the ski will perform and behave. These factors are why some skis with the same sidecut may still perform differently from each other.
The sidecut is an essential aspect of skiing that you should always know. This aspect is where you lay the ground on choosing the perfect ski for you.
The ski length is a critical factor in choosing the right ski for you. The perfect length for you shall consider your height, type of ski, your expertise in skiing, and how you ski.
Since ski lengths vary from 5 to 10 cm, getting a perfect size may not always happen. So, be meticulous when buying and browsing through other brands to get the one that fits you best.
Number of skis you want
Before buying a ski, you should ask yourself first: Are you going to buy just one pair of skis for the whole season? Or do you want a quiver to have options suitable for other ski resorts or weather conditions?
Some people like having spare skis to match the day’s weather perfectly. Some consider what type of skiing they will do for the day or where and what kind of resort they will ski. But some are also happy to stick with one pair of skis that can be versatile in all conditions.
As you venture deeper into skiing, you will experience different terrains which might make you want to add skis to your quiver. Having the right skis at their appropriate places could improve performance and enjoyment.
When you go to a ski resort, they usually lend skis that are appropriate to their terrain. But suppose you want to use your own ski. In that case, you should also consider different factors. These factors include how groomed the resort is, the frequency of off-piste terrain, how much snow it gets, and if it is hard-packed with snow or more powder.
If you are going to a resort in Europe, you should most likely get a carver ski. But if you are skiing in Japan or Canada, where the resorts are known for the powder, you can get a power ski or an all-mountain ski.
Type of riding
When considering this factor, you should always be realistic. The type of skiing you want to do will not always be the same as what you will be doing. Be realistic to be guided with the right decision on what ski to choose.
Goals you want to achieve
The perfect ski for you also depends on what goals you want to achieve in terms of skiing. If you are a bit of a daredevil and want to do a 360 in the park, you may choose a park ski with a shorter side. If you’re going to train to be a ski instructor, this goal requires focusing on performance; so you may get a carver ski.
Having your goals set and considering them when buying your ski will help you narrow down your choices to those most applicable to your goals.
Tips on buying your next skis
Unless you are an expert yourself, nothing is better than ski shopping in your local area. Shopping locally allows you to talk with skiing experts who can guide you in choosing the ideal ski for you.
They can discuss with you the factors mentioned above. They can also dive deeper into your skiing style and recommend an appropriate ski after considering all factors. You may also learn about taking care of your ski and learn some practical tips when already in the snow.
Demo with the skis
Even if you have read the manual, specifications, and features of the ski, nothing still beats the feeling of having it clipped into the bindings with you gliding it into the snow. In ski resorts, most shops let you demo a few pairs that you like so you can test them out. Only when you have tried them on that will you know if it is fit for you.
If you do not like the feel of the ski, you can always go back to the store and ask to demo another pair.
Winter only comes once a year, and it would be unfortunate if you have to endure skiing with the wrong pair of skis. The good thing is, Rocky Mountain Snowmobile has a vast collection of skis that you can choose and freely browse.