Twin tips skis are the equipment of choice for dedicated freestyle skiers. They are becoming so popular that even some snowboarders are taking a second look at skiing. As a general rule of thumb, twin tips are shorter and wider than your average pair of skis. At the same time, their tips are turned upward at the front and back of the ski. This gave rise to the moniker of "twin tip skis." It is this second tip on the skis that gives them their legendary maneuverability, and thus explains the sudden surge in status from younger and also older skiers looking for a new thrill on the slopes and in the backcountry.
Women's Twin Tips Skis
Invest in a high quality women's pair of twin tips skis because in free styling gender specificity of the equipment pays off. Good examples are Salomon Mai Tai skis made for female skiers. They retail for about $455 and are considered top of the line for park skiing. They measure 171 cm. long and do taper from the front to the back. These skis are not a stellar choice in the backcountry, performing better on groomed runs.
Men's Twin Tips Skis
Choose men's twin tips skis that are specifically made for a man's skiing style and physique. For example, the Scott Mission men's skis retail for $578 and in addition to being a great resource for freestyle skiing, they are rated as all mountain skis, making them perfect for the manicured slopes or the backcountry. At 178 cm. long, these skis can withstand aggressive skiing as well as the leisurely descent off the slopes.
Children's Twin Tips Skis
Buy your children twin tips skis that are specifically geared for their height, size, and also weight. Even as this may mean buying two or three pairs of skis in as many years, growing kids need skis that keep up with them. An example is the K2 Junior's Bad Seed set of skis that sells for about $263. These twin tips are stable but fast, and it is this combination that makes it a great choice for slopes and also backcountry skiing. Lengths vary, but the shortest skis start at 119 cm. and increase in 10-cm. increments up to 149 cm. long.
Article Written By Sylvia Cochran
Based in the Los Angeles area, Sylvia Cochran is a seasoned freelance writer focusing on home and garden, travel and parenting articles. Her work has appeared in "Families Online Magazine" and assorted print and Internet publications.