Ski poles help you to move forward on flat ground and provide better balance. At the lower end of the pole, usually there is a round plastic disk, that helps to prevent the ski pole from sinking significantly into the snow.
Aluminum ski poles
Ski poles made out of aluminum are quality ski poles at an affordable price. For many years, aluminum ski poles have been the most common type of ski poles used between skiers.
The material used to produce composite ski poles is a fiber mixture, which makes them very light and flexible. This type of ski poles are getting more and more popular, since they’re very comfortable and great for turns.
Carbon ski poles
If you want top equipment within the ski pole family, a ski pole made of carbon fiber is an excellent choice. These types of ski poles deliver maximum performance and a great skiing experience on the slopes.
How long should a ski pole be?
Ski poles have just the right length, if your forearms are horizontal when you put the shafts in the snow. You can also check the length by turning the poles upside-down, and put your hand just under the tip steel plate when you put it in the snow. If your forearms are horizontal here as well, you have the right length. If you cannot find just the right length, it is better if the ski poles are a bit too short than a bit too long. If you ski a lot in the park, it might be a good idea to buy ski poles that are 10-20 cm shorter than normal.