How to Size Ski Blades

How to Size Ski Blades
Ski blades, more commonly called ski boards, are short boards worn on each foot for riding on snow. The design characteristics and shapes are a cross between skis and snowboards. The riding characteristics most closely resemble rollerblades or ice skates. For someone wanting to try snow sports, ski boards are an excellent choice. Unlike skis and snowboards, which require training and practice just to get started, ski boards will have you riding all over the mountain right away. Chosing the right size of ski boards is easy, too. You can't really go wrong, as ski-board size is not based on height and weight, like traditional skis and snowboards. Here are a few characteristics you should keep in mind.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Step 1
Determine your rider type. Are you already a skater or skier? Do you like tight maneuvering through trees or moguls? Are you into big jumps and tricks? All of these can help determine a general length of ski board that will best fit your riding preferences. Skaters will find a familiar feel in shorter boards, while skiers will feel at home with longer lengths. Shorter boards will be more maneuverable and turn quicker, while longer ones have greater surface area for landing big jumps and tricks.
Step 2
Decide whether you want a wider or narrower set of boards. Narrower ski boards will feel more like skis or Rollerblades, while wider boards perform more like snowboards, carving on their edges. Wider boards will also perform better in crud and powder conditions thanks to their wider surface area.
Step 3
Factor in your height and weight only as a secondary consideration. Most skiboards over 75 centimeters are designed for riders at least 59 inches tall. For youths who are not yet 59 inches, shorter boards are available and should be considered.

Article Written By Christopher Williams

Christopher Williams has spent over 11 years working in the information technology, health care and outdoor recreation fields. He has over seven years of technical and educational writing experience, and has brought strong skills and passion to the Demand Studios team in articles for eHow and Trails in 2009.

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