Top Ski Features to Look For When Buying For the First Time.

So, you decided to buy your first pair of skis, excited? – I know I would be, usually when we do something for the first time there are lots of expectations, in this case if you are new to skiing there are some things that you may want to consider before getting your first ski set, what’s right for you, length, width, types of ski, buying new or second hand, knowing the basics will help you buy top skis with a little more authority.

This is why I want to give you some tips so you can be sure to buy the best top skis out there and enjoy this great sport/lifestyle.

First Top Ski feature is Types of Skis

The shaped family of skis is divided into various groups:

  • Carvers – for nice tight turns predominantly on groomed trails – narrow waist.

  • All-mountain skis – good versatility across a range of conditions, from groomed to crud to powder – slightly wider waists.

  • Mid-fat and fat skis – predominantly for powder – much wider waists.

  • Twin-tips – skis for tricks and the half-pipe – look like they’ve got two fronts.

In practice, a new recreational skier should be fine with either a pair of carvers or a pair of mountain skis.

Another Top Ski Feature to look for is Straight vs. Shaped

In the old days, way back before the mid-nineties, people consider a top ski the one that looked straight i.e. the sides of the skis ran pretty much parallel to each other and they skied on them. The technical term for these skis now is “plank” (plāngk).

Modern top skis are “shaped” and have sides that are curved in a “waisted” or hourglass shape.

Anyone buying skis today will buy shaped skis. Unless you want to know how granddaddy felt on the snow, it’s that simple.

Ski Basics

Length

Perhaps the single most important top ski attribute to pay attention to. Put simply, longer skis are faster and more stable at higher speeds; shorter skis are more maneuverable and easier to turn.

The length of skis that will suit you will depend on your weight,…

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