Our team of experts put together this how-to guide to help you buy your next pair of skis

How to Select Skis

There are a ton of variables to consider when buying a pair of skis. Few things are worse than shelling out the big bucks on a pair of skis, only to find your first day on them that they aren't at all what you wanted. We’ve broken down ski purchase decision into three key steps: 1) Physicals 2) Terrain 3) Ski characteristics

Step 1: Height and weightIf the ski fits...

Height is a dominant factor when choosing the correct size of ski. Your ability to bend and leverage a ski in tight terrain is directly related to your height and weight. Often times heavier skiers can more deeply flex a ski, weight is also something to consider later on when you’re choosing ski characteristics.

Step 2: Terrain, access and abilityWhen buying your next pair of skis, it’s imperative to answer these questions.

What type of terrain will you be skiing with your next pair of skis?

Are you the guy or girl on the mountain who shouts out to your mates “Hey! Watch this!!” before promptly sending yourself off a cliff? If so, we’d recommend a slightly longer ski that’s good and stiff which will provide a nice set of landing gear for those times when you send it a little too deep approaching the flats. Maybe being the fastest skier on the mountain isn’t your thing-do you like to spend your time on groomed runs, or in the trees, glades and back bowls of a resort? If you like groomed runs and love making a lot of turns, we’d highly recommend a slalom (short in length, narrow turn radius) ski as your daily driver. If you love skiing off piste, bumps, or tight lines, you’d benefit from a more versatile and slightly fatter ski.

Deep DiveSki characteristics and construction

So you’re an inbounds skier who wants a single ski that can go anywhere on the mountain and will hold up for years to come. In order to make sure you find your goldilocks, we highly recommend you take a look under the hood of a ski and learn more about what type of characteristics you like.

One thing we forgot to mention is torsional stiffness. Torsional stiffness refers to the stiffness of a ski from edge to edge. A ski that is very torsionally stiff will help you hold an edge in firm snow conditions. In order to achieve a torsionally stiff ski manufacturers typically reinforce the construction with carbon fiber or a metal laminate layer that adds power and stiffness to the ski.

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