As the name suggests, all mountain skis are versatile skis, suitable for the skiing disciplines piste & off-piste and sometimes even park.
Advantages of the all mountain ski
All mountain skis are for everybody who wish to vary their skiing style and experience, and ski in different areas. Instead of buying a pair of skis for every discipline, you can buy one pair of all mountain skis that you can use for almost everything. However, if you are only into performing stunts or racing downhill, you should have a look at either the Twintip ski or Racing ski category to find skis specifically for your needs.
In general, all mountain skis are quite wide and have high tips, which is an advantage when skiing off-piste. Nonetheless, they are apt for the piste as well. A narrower ski will often be great for piste, while a wider ski will be extra suitable for off-piste skiing. If you are skiing piste just as often as off-piste, it might be a good idea to choose an all mountain ski with a medium width, as these are typically equally apt for both kinds of skiing.
Most all mountain skis have a combined Camber and Rocker baseline, because they must perform well in different disciplines. However, some models are available with an all Camber or all Rocker baseline.
Skis for slalom, race and the piste
Race skis are, as the name implies, designed for fast skiing. It is important to have a pair of skis, which allow you to race down the hills while maintaining precision, even when the snow conditions are difficult.
Race skis are also called piste skis since you can use them for most disciplines on the slopes. Some race skis are quite advanced, while others are easier to use. Race skis are designed for stability at high speeds, however, they can be challenging to maneuver. Because of that, they are best suited for advanced and expert skiers. These type of skis are also used on a professional level, for example at the world cup.
Race skis are for downhill racing, a competitive racing sport. Skiers who perform this sport on a professional level, carries special suits, which minimize wind resistance, and help the skier to gain high speeds. The slalom ski is used for the somewhat more technical sport slalom, where the skier has to move between obstacles while racing the slopes. However, you do not necessarily have to use your race skis for a specific sport, as they are suited for all who enjoys racing the slopes.
The race ski is often built as a carving ski with a narrow waist and a wider front. At the same time, it has a stiff construction to provide stability. Even though race skis are manufactured for the compact snow on the piste, a few of the new models have a slightly different construction, making them a bit easier to use off-piste as well. However, only advanced skiers should try this out, as it can be quite difficult.
Because the all mountain ski has to be versatile, the construction is often inspired by elements from other types of skis, such as backcountry or twintip skis. Backcountry skis are wide, which makes it easier to stay on top of the snow. The backcountry skis are also known as freeride skis or off-piste skis, and they are designed for the freshly fallen powder snow in the off-piste. Typically, the width under the foot will be 10 cm or more. Some of the skis in the all mountain category will also be great for backcountry skiing. This will appear from the product specifications.
Read more about the different all mountain skis to find out which disciplines they are suitable for and which baseline they have.