Twin tip skis, which have raised tips at both the front and back of the ski, facilitate skiing backwards and doing trick maneuvers. Twin tip sales have skyrocketed, becoming the leading ski category in 2008. In addition to their usefulness to skiers in terrain parks, many backcountry skiers enjoy the performance of twin tip skis while skiing deep powder. The shorter overall ski length has made them popular with skiers on all terrain. and most major manufacturers now offer twin tip skis.
Twin tip skis aimed at park skiers whose main focus is riding rails and the halfpipes in terrain parks. These skiers are hard on their skis and want something that will withstand abuse. The Line Chronic Cryptonite ($549) is one popular model. Others include the Rossignol SAS Twin S4 ($600) and Salomon Dumont ($600). For women, it's hard to beat the Salomon Mai Tai ($500). Other good women's models include the k2 MissDemeanor ($575) and Roxy Broom Stix ($598).
All-mountain twin tips are for the skier who wants to do a little of everything, from charging down bump runs to knocking off steep chutes to doing aerials in the park. The Moment Tahoe ($600) is a good choice for all-mountain. The Line Prophet 100 ($650) is another popular choice. Others include the Volkl Bridge ($629) and Movement Source ($800). Popular women's models include the Line Celebrity ($549) and the Roxy Hocus Pocus ($469).
Skiers looking for deep powder in backcountry prefer a softer-flexing ski that won't dive too deeply into the snow. Several popular twin tip models are made for backcountry use, including the Volkl Chopstick ($749) and the Line Sir Francis Bacon ($649). Women's models include the Movement Black Rose ($649) and the Dynastar She's Trouble ($500).
Article Written By Candace Horgan
Candace Horgan has worked as a freelance journalist for more than 12 years. Her work has appeared in various print and online publications, including the "Denver Post" and "Mix." Horgan holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and history.