Selecting Snow Skis

Selecting Snow Skis
After you've had a chance to experience the thrill and excitement of a day on the slopes, you may have decided it's time to buy your own skis. Owning your own skis means you'll never have to wait in long lines at rental shops, ski on worn equipment or worry whether the shop will have the model you want. Instead, you'll be able to grab your own skis and walk directly from your car to the slopes!

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Professional ski dealer Selection of skis Variety of ski slopes Different snow conditions Notebook and pen
  • Professional ski dealer
  • Selection of skis
  • Variety of ski slopes
  • Different snow conditions
  • Notebook and pen
Step 1
Before you spend hard-earned money on expensive skis, do research to discover which type of ski best fits your needs. Skis come in all types: freestyle, freeride, all-mountain, downhill and powder. If you can only afford one pair of skis, they'll need to work in all types of snow conditions on different degrees of steepness. Browse the Internet or read reviews in ski magazines. Narrow your choices down to five or six pairs of skis.
Step 2
Rent a pair of skis from a ski shop that's located at the resort. Many ski areas have demo centers located on the mountain that will allow you to swap skis as many times as you want for a reasonable, hourly fee. Choose skis based on your research. Try to ski the same runs under the same snow conditions for all of the skis you rent. Take notes during every test run.
Step 3
Rent different brands of skis within the same general classification to judge the differences between all-mountain, slalom or freestyle skis. Maintain as much consistency as possible.
Step 4
Switch to a different ski classification and repeat the process above. Become familiar with the feel and performance between the different classifications and decide which one best fits your skiing style.
Step 5
Demo various ski lengths within the same ski classification and manufacturer to judge the effects that length plays on the ski.
Step 6
Compare your notes. If cost is an issue, research pricing on the Internet and shop around for end-of-season or early-season deals.

Tips & Warnings

 
Avoid buying last year's demo skis unless they've received little use. Never rent demos at home before you head up to the mountains. Be wary of deals that are too good to be true. Remember: Buying rental skis means you'll be buying rental bindings.
 
Avoid buying last year's demo skis unless they've received little use.
 
Never rent demos at home before you head up to the mountains.
 
Be wary of deals that are too good to be true.
 
Remember: Buying rental skis means you'll be buying rental bindings.

Article Written By Allen Smith

Allen Smith is an award-winning freelance writer living in Vail, Colo. He writes about health, fitness and outdoor sports. Smith has a master's degree in exercise physiology and an exercise specialist certification with the American College of Sports Medicine at San Diego State University.

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