of Alpine or Downhill Skis
skis are easily the most popular among skiers. They
offer the performance of a race ski but not with the
effort or skill. Recent technologies make the skiing
experience more fun and enjoyable.
Powder skis allow almost any skier to hit
the powder like a seasoned veteran. They are wider,
softer and longer than an all mountain ski, and they
practically float on top of the snow.
These help a beginner to turn better, and
make the carving experience for more advanced skiers
like cutting through butter with a hot knife. Usually
longer, with a bigger curve, they practically turn for
you and throw your legs into the next turn as well.
They are better used for packed conditions, but are
good for powder too.
The cut and construction of these skis are
specially designed for racing conditions. Since most
skiers do not ski in the same way, these are pretty
well for committed racing agendas.
These are becoming more popular all the
time. These skis allow you to do tricks and maneuvers
that skiers were unable to do before. Like skiing in
the half pipe for example.
or Back Country
A hybrid combination of downhill and cross-country.
These allow you to traverse the flats and then poetically
descend almost any hill. It's a traditional style of
with a loose or unfixed heel
that is quite noticeable on the runs compared to today's
- Be careful if you're thinking of buying used skis.
Bindings go out of date, and boots may be hard to find
that fit them.