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How to choose skis ? Guidance and advice

How to choose skis ? When you decide to buy a new pair of skis, We start by asking where to buy and what the right ski model. Choose the right ski is very important because it allows you to ski safely and gradually improve while having fun.

The choosing the right ski it is crucial to have fun and get the best performance in skiing. How to choose the right ski Depending on your physical training and technique is not simple, If you are not skilled enough you run the risk of emulating the great champions by leaping into the ’ purchase of top models, very expensive and with characteristics suitable for who actually technical capabilities and champion muscle.

The right choice will allow us to enjoy a few years of good skiing in winter holiday or days on the snow. The price of the skis is unfortunately conditioner, but the range of materials offered by various manufacturers allows to please everyone.


Consider whether you beginners, intermediate or expert, Skis must offer you comfort and enjoyment, ensuring safety and progression in discipline.

In relation to your level of skiing decide which forcibly penetrate between the point without ski TOP ski (Race), In fact ski race from a physical point of view are very challenging and very sensitive technically. These features are likely to penalize the skier does not physically tire him or. In fact, when you choose a ski, It should be noted that especially during the action of curve, skiing should be deformed, through the power of the skier, to get the best snow run.

The criteria to be considered are:

– the technical level of skier

– use (Freestyle, Freeride, track, all mountain)

– the morphology of the skier (height – weight).


In General in the field of All Mountain You can find a wide range of products that can satisfy high level skiers or models for beginners. Beware from skis that are presented as a multi-purpose, that is suitable for both narrow curves (special type) that bends wide (Giant type), generally selected according to skiing skiing you prefer.

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The bridge of the ski is made by its curvature, assessable to empty (without the weight of the skier and/or attacks). Ski models have different decks : very curved or rather items, According to ’ use for which they were designed and performance.

The majority of skis have a bridge “classic”, with rocker (side facing l ’ alto) in paddle and/or tail, to make power and improve control.

The traditional bridge is ideal for track

When skiing is resting on the ground, the point of contact with the snow is done at the two ends, the tip and the tail, the central part is slightly raised because arcuata.

Reverse bridge, or rocker is ideal for freeriding

Unlike the traditional bridge, the focal point is at the heart of skiing, Tip and tail raised to give him a banana shape.

The rocker in the spatula is ideal for track

the ski has a classic bridge, combined with a rocker in the trowel that allows easier handling of the curve.

The rocker on the spatula and queued, (Double rocker) is ideal for freeriding

the classic bridge is completed by front and rear rocker, for a good grip and optimal floatation in powder.


The extent of the skis is getting addicted to ’ use which will be made, of your stature of the skier and the technical level.

How to choose l ’ height of skiing: The height of the ski must be chosen according to the height of the skier and the technical level, the modern carving skis generally you buy with a height equal to the height of the eyes or forehead skier same. In General a shorter ski is easier to handle in the ’ action of curve (at low speeds) but it will be less stable when subjected to large radii and fast corners.

Where the radius of curvature choose ? The radius of curvature, Describes the theoretical range for which it is drawn that ski model. Obviously you can force skiing but involves fatigue and inaccuracy, for this reason it is easier with a carving ski, implement similar to a wide corners instead of the serpentine slalom.


The attacks consist 2 shares :

– the tip, where is attached to the front of the boot

– the heel, that blocks the back of the boot

The attacks have a spring system that allows the ’ attack to open up to release the boot in case of a fall.

The calibration of the springs must be done according to your weight and your technical level. For starters the spring system of the attacks will be set at a lower load while experts will have a higher calibration.


To complete the ’ equipment, don't forget the chopsticks that must be chosen absolutely the right size.

To choose the correct size, take the stick, turn it upside down, leaning on the ground handle ; make sure your arm and forearm should form an angle of approximately 90°.



How to check the ski insole ? check that the model you have chosen does not have imperfections in the slab that will ensure the smoothness during the ’ action on the track.
How to check the edges of the ski ? verifies that there are no steps between the laminae and the slab; the foils will ensure the seal in the hardest snow or icy slopes.

The foils are the metal parts that are located on the sides of the slab of the skis, must be sharpened regularly, to ensure the socket.

How to check the elasticity of the ski ? blocks the tail of the ski with the inner part of the foot, and with the hand pulls the tip flexing skiing and verifying the stiffness. Choose according to your skiing whereas stiffer skis will be more responsive, but more physically demanding, a ’ ’ softer tool will allow an action less dynamic but definitely less tiring.

by Maurizio Del Grosso 6 September 2014