Alpine

What type of skis do I need?

To fully enjoy Alpine skiing your skis have to be the right ones for the type of skiing you do and the type of skier you are. Groomed slopes, off-piste, deep snow, etc. all have different demands.

What type of skis do I need?

Different shapes, sizes, and materials make skis better-suited to different types of skiing:

 

  • Longer skis are faster, more difficult to turn sharply, and generally require more skill.

 

  • The rocker of a ski refers to the amount of ground contact it has at rest, specifically in the tip and in the tail. Less ground contact offers better agility. As an example, the Ranger 102 has a Twin-Tip design, with distinctly raised tip and tail, to allow aggressive, acrobatic moves.

 

  • Sidecut refers to the hourglass shape, or lack of it, in a ski. Straighter skis are faster, while more shaped skis are more responsive.

 

  • Hardness, or flex, determines how much power is needed to control the ski and how efficiently it travels at higher speeds.

 

  • Our research shows that the unique characteristics of a women’s center of mass mean that positioning the binding slightly forward enhances control and balance. This subtle change has major benefits for women’s-specific skis, such as the My Ranger 85.

 

Terrain, snow conditions, and personal style of skiing determine which of the four main types of ski is best for you:

1)    Carving

Heavily sculpted design is intended for dynamic skiing with lots of tight turning and precise control, typically on groomed slopes. The specific subgroups of carving skis are slalom, race, and all-around.

 

2)    All-mountain

These are, understandably, the most versatile skis for any type of terrain on any side of the mountain. Our Pro MT 80 or Pro MT 77, for example, will let you handle any slope. On or off-piste.

 

3)    Freeride skis

These are the skis you want for floating through deep powder away from where everyone else is. They are especially wide with tip and tail rockers ideal for soft, deep snow. The Ranger 102 FR, for example, has en exceptionally thin, light forward area- the shovel- which allows excellent agility even when the snow’s too deep to see your skis.

 

4)    Touring

Very much a special purpose ski which also utilizes a dual purpose binding for either a walking movement on an ascent, or for lock-down security on the downhill run. Subgroups of touring skis target freeride, speed, or all-around touring.

snow conditions

What to look for in a beginner’s ski

Skis designed for all-around use on the groomed areas of the mountain are ideal for beginner skiers. There are excellent performance skis available for beginners, such as out Progressor F17 and Progressor 18. These are lightweight skis with a Dual-Radius shape that lets any level of skier handle turns smoothly and strongly.

Buying advice

  • The proper ski length is the most important element for enjoyable, safe skiing. As a general guide, an all-around ski for a beginner should be 5-10cm (2-4 in) less than your height. Absolute beginner’s might even be happier going 10-15cm (4-6 in) less than their height.

 

  • Advanced, experienced skiers will often choose an all-around ski equivalent to, or even greater than, their body height.

 

  • Touring skis should be between 5-15cm (2-6 in) less than your height. More skilled skiers would choose the longer length.

 

  • Freeride skiers would generally choose long skis for better float in deep powder. Adding 5-15cm (2-6 in) to your height is appropriate.

Ski binding set-up

The correct tension and release point, in case of a fall, of bindings are critical to safe skiing. Let the professionals handle this, based on the personal data and description of your skiing style and ability. Even skiers who set their bindings are encouraged to have a specialist check their gear once a season.

 

Here’s a checklist of the set-up you’ll need to fully enjoying your skiing:

 

  • Properly set-up bindings

  • Boots which are appropriate for your bindings and skis

  • Poles in the correct size for your height

  • Be smart and wear a helmet

  • Rushing air and driven snow make ski-specific sunglasses or goggles a lifesaver

Children’s skis

Proper children and youth skis are constructed to be responsive and manageable for a young skier’s typical size, strength, and body type. Take a look at our Stunner or Prodigy as examples of serious skis for serious fun.

 

The general guideline is that the length of a children’s ski should be at least the distance from the ground up to the level of the child’s armpit. A proper ski should not stand higher than the tip of the child’s nose.

Children’s skis