Ski Buying Guide
Selecting the appropriate skis for the type of skiing in which you participate (e.g. racing, freestyle, skier cross, or off piste), your skill level and your body type is critical to your safety, performance, and enjoyment. There are numerous brands, types, compositions, and features available, so there are are a number of considerations that need to be taken into account before selecting a pair of skis.
The team at Dinardo’s will consider these factors when helping you select the right skis. Stop by and we’ll help match you to the skis right for you.
One of the first considerations when selecting new skis is to decide what type of skiing you intend to do. You may need a pair for a either natural or artificial snow. Skis that are 75mm and wider at the waist are great in natural snow but require much more torque to tip on edge on artificial snow. In fact many people suffer sore knees and hips from skiis that are too wide for hard snow surfaces like those found in Eastern Canada and the Eastern United States.
You need to consider the type of skiing when selecting the proper length of ski, as well. Generally shorter skis enable you to steer more easily and carve shorter radius turns at slower speeds. Longer skis are used by more skilled and aggressive skiers who ski at higher speeds, and by those looking to smooth-out moguls, and to ski in powder and poor snow conditions. Skis can be designed for a specific surface (artificial snow) or to offer generally good performance on a diverse range of surfaces. Talk to Dinardo’s. We can help you fine tune exactly what you need.
Your skill and experience levels are extremely important factors that must be taken into consideration when selecting new skis. A general rule of thumb is to purchase a pair of skis that are designed for a skill level slightly higher than the one you are currently at, this will facilitate a proper learning curve. Skis purchased too high above your skill level will hamper your performance and could be potentially dangerous. Talk to Dinardo’s. We can talk to you about your current skill and experience and recommend something that gives you that extra room to grow.
Your body type can have a drastic effect on what equipment will enable you to ski at your optimum performance level. Your weight, height, build, and yes, even gender, can influence your ski selection. For example, ski flex describes the way a ski bends under pressure and it has a significant effect on your performance. Lighter skiers need more flexible skis to get the same flex in turns that a heavier person gets. As well, body type influences the length of the ski and having the right length for your body type is important for performance and safety. Talk to Dinardo’s. We can help you find the right skis for your body type.