Alpine ski - buying guide
How to chose the size for alpine skis
You're just beginning and you are not sure how to go about choosing your skis? We are here to help!
First, you need a few measurements.
Once your height determined, you'll notice often enough, that you'll be in between ski sizes. Your weight and skier level will help figure out which size to take:
- If you are a beginner, you need a slightly shorter ski, who'll be easier to handle
- However, the heavier you are, the longer the skis so you still have that rocker effect.
- And again, if your skier level is advanced, you can chose longer skis
Here's a concrete example->
You measure 149 cm at eye level, and the ski you have chosen comes in sizes 146, 154, 162.
|You are a beginner and light weight, you should take the size 146|
|You are a beginner, but you're not light weight, it would be preferable to choose the 154|
|You're advanced, you want the 154|
On piste skiing- as the name indicates, on groomed surface, often hard and fast, you'll need skis offering good control and grip on the slopes.
All Mountain skiing - a versatile ski that will allow you to tackle on piste and off piste. Those skis often comes with autoturn rocker technology.
Race skiing - Downhill and slalom, we're talking about a ski built for speed, generally with a narrow waist and a rocker optimised for stability and precision.
Freeride skiing - For the fan of powder, mostly off piste, backcountry and such. For this, you need longer skis with a wider waist for more lift on fresh snow and a rocker specific for that type of snow.
Freestyle skiing - When you want to tackle snow parks, Kickers, rails, half-pipe, you'll need a shorter ski with double spatula that enhances your pop and jumps.
We hope these infos will help you choose your alpine ski equipment wisely so you can enjoy every ski days to the fullest!
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