How to Size for Snow Blades

How to Size for Snow Blades
Snow blades, also called ski boards, are short skis ranging in size between 75cm and 125cm. They turn quickly, transport easily and weigh less than full-sized skis and snowboards. The snow blade's bindings work with regular alpine ski boots, and snow blade skiers don't use poles. According to Curtis Sports Connection, a snow blade retailer, snow blades work great for tricks and carving. Figuring out how to size snow blades is as easy as figuring out what you want to do with them.

Instructions

Difficulty: Easy

Step 1
Pick a snow blade with a binding big enough for your feet. Most snow blade bindings fit up to U.S. size 13. For larger shoe sizes, your choices are limited to a few models.
Step 2
Look at the snow blade's sidecut---the difference between the tips and the middle of the blade. The bigger the difference, the easier the snow blades will carve. If you want to do most of your skiing carving turns, pick a blade with the biggest sidecut.
Step 3
Decide how wide of a blade you want. A wider blade rides higher in fresh soft snow, and narrow snow blades switch edges faster---allowing you to quickly change directions. Wider blades feel more stable underfoot, which makes them a better choice for beginners.
Step 4
Pick a length. For skiers interested in performing tricks, skiing the half-pipe and skiing the snowboard park, shorter blade are the most maneuverable---the shorter the blade, the easier to spin it around. Longer snow blades are faster, easier to ride and carve bigger turns. Because longer snow blades are easier to ride, they are the best choice for beginners.

Tips & Warnings

 
Buy your snow blades from a ski specialty shop that can adjust the bindings. Don't forget to bring your ski boots, so the ski technicians can size them correctly.
 
If you're skiing in the backcountry, look for a blade that works with backcountry accessories, like climbing skins and crampons. Adding both to a pair of snow blades makes them function like a pair of snowshoes.
 
The bindings on snow blades don't release, which may cause injury in a fall.

Resources

Article Written By Bryan Hansel

Bryan Hansel is a freelance photographer and kayaking guide who began writing in 1993. His outdoors articles appear on various websites. Hansel holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and religion from the University of Iowa.

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