How to Select Skis

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Ryan Sasse with Ski Chalet discusses how to purchase new ski equipment.

    Hi! I am Ryan Sasse with Ski Chalet in Arlington, Virginia and today, we are talking about how to get new set of ski equipment. Right now, we are going to start with how to purchase your skis. First thing, you are going to have to keep in mind is there are a few things you want to remember. First, when you go into the ski shop, the salesperson is going to do a lot of the talking. They are going to want to know where you are going to be doing most of your skiing, they also want to know your ability whether you are more of a beginner, intermediate, advance level or you are an expert type of skier? Those factors will all come into play when you are deciding of what kind of ski is going to be good for you. There is certainly some different shapes out there. You can get into a ski like this and it has very nice shape to it. As you can see, it's a little bit wider in the tip, little but narrow under the foot and then, a little bit wider back at the tail as well. What that's going to do is the side cut from the ski because of that shape, will give you all the control. It will serve you best on more of the hard pack, even icier conditions that you may run into. Usually accustomed to East-Coast or even North-Eastern type of skiing. From there, you can step into a ski that's a little bit wider, so you can see it's just wider throughout, starts under foot and then it gets wider to the tip and to the tail. This is going to benefit you if you are in better conditions, deeper snow, whether you are going Out West or even North-West into the rockies, lot of these areas you get more snow throughout the season and generally have better conditions overall. So that's where ski like this would really come in handy. Beyond the shape of the type of ski, you would also want to pay attention to the flex pattern of the ski, that's really going to help you depending on your ability. You can get into something that has a little bit of stiffness, what that's going to do is for a skier who is more aggressive and needs to be on a ski that's more stable, that's going to benefit them. If you have got a ski that's more flexible, that's going to be better for a novice who needs more flexibility to make the ski easier to turn. You can even get into a ski that has a little more flexibility in the tip which is certainly going to be better in those deeper snow conditions, so getting back to the wider ski, this ski has a lot more flexibility in the tip and those give a little bit more because the snow that you are going to be in, it's going to be a little bit fluffier, a little bit softer, rather than the hard ice pack conditions. From there, we can certainly talk about some differences between woman skis. Woman skis tend to be a little bit shorter and a little bit more flexible just because woman tend to be a little bit less weight, you know, they are not putting as much pressure on the ski and that's the reason for a softer ski in general. There are some differences as far as how the core is designed. The ski will certainly have a wood core. Most skis do these days but you may find some firm or even composite string is running through the ski to lighten the ski up, make it easier for the woman to ski, easier to turn, that way they don't have to put as much pressure on it typically as a man does. We can even talk briefly about kid's skis as well. Certainly, they are going to be a little bit shorter and much more flexible. There is not going to be a whole lot of differences between a lot of the kid's skis, getting kids down on the slopes is going to be pretty basic. You just want something that has some flexibility, again, lots of flexibility and a ski like this is going to offer the kid ease of mobility, ease of entering into the turn. They are going to have better control over the ski and in multiple conditions and that's going to allow them to have a good day on the slopes. Now that we have talked about skis, we are going to go ahead and start talking about bindings to get you all set up.