The choice of skis depends largely on your level, your height and whether you are passionate about skiing on piste, in the park or in the off-piste.
What length of skis should you choose?
The right length of skis mainly depends on your height and your skiing level.
For kids who are first time skiers we recommend to choose a ski around chest hight. This makes it easier to focus to learn to ski and to manage to control the skis.
For kids who are advanced skiers we recommend that the skis are at the same height as your mouth or chin, whereas it can be at eye level if you are an expert.
For adult skiers, besides body height and level, the ski type also plays a key role, as recommended in the illustration below for intermediate skiers:
6 types of skis
There are generally six types of alpine skis at SkatePro.
All mountain ski
Are you eager to explore the whole mountain on skis? All mountain skis are the most versatile skis, optimal both on piste, off-piste and in the park. All mountain skis are built with a wider design under the foot and in ski's tip compared to an ordinary pisteski, making it more stable.
These type of skis are for you who knows that the prepared slopes in the resort are the places you will be skiing. Piste skis are made for cruising and speeding down the groomers and for fun with both short and long turns. Piste skis are just a bit easier to handle and manoeuvre than true racing skis. But don't be afraid of being slow on the slopes, piste skis are still fast and powerful.
A twintip ski is perfect for you who desired playful days on the slopes and at the same time loves to challenge yourself with jumps, half pipes and boxes in the park. A twintip ski briefly explained, is a soft flex ski with a lifted tip and tail design. Due to this design, the ski prevents resistance and offers the opportunity of riding backwards. Twintip skis also belongs within the category of backcountry skiing, as described below, built to explore deep snow in the off-piste.
Freeride skis / Backcountry skis
Do you have a passion for adventure and powder snow? Freeride skis are also called off-piste skis or backcountry skis. They are characterised by a wide width, stiffness and a twintip design, which together provides a great flow in deep snow and large curves.
Racing skis are for those who are passionate about a high speed and newly prepared slopes. Built as carving skis with a strong edge grip and torsional stiffness, racing skis are also perfect for slalom. Racing skis are designed with a relatively narrow waist and a wider tip, to offer you stability and control.
Do you want to hike through the snowy forest to find the perfect untouched deep snow? Then Alpine touring skis should be the perfect fit for you. Alpine touring skis are made for you to be able to hike out in the backcountry and up the backside of unprepared mountain sides with your skis on your feet. Touring both combines hiking and downhill skiing performance.
A baseline (a skis base) varies and can consist of either a camber, rocker or flat design. These designs are often combined, depending on the purpose of the ski.
Rocker: Applied when a ski is curving upwards in the tip and/or the tail of the ski, while the centre can be flat or have camber. Rocker prevents resistance in powder snow and makes turns easier.
Camber: The tip and tail of the ski is being pressed into the snow, which increases the contact area with snow and gives a better edge grip. The result of this is an increased stability at high speed.
Flat: When the most of the skis baseline is in contact with the snow.
In addition to skis, it is very important that you have a comfortable and warm ski boot. Read more about boots on Purchase of ski boots here.