Alpine Skiing - Gear for the Slopes Ashland KY

Finding the proper pair of skis depends on how you plan to use them. Beginners, avoid racers and skis made for advanced terrain you're more likely to be struck by lightening than perfect a jump on your first pair of skis.

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Alpine Skiing - Gear for the Slopes

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Getting the Goods for the Slopes

Your style, your ski

Finding the proper ski depends on how you play. Start by defining your ability before you head to the ski shop. Plan ahead; maybe you're a beginner now, but one day you'll swish the moguls.

  • 'Mountain Trailblazer Skis' adapt well to beginners through advanced skiers. They're softer and more forgiving, which makes turning easier..
  • 'Just Cruising Skis or Carve Skis are stiffer and vibrate less, which assist novice and intermediate in turning and carving. Perfect for the green and blue slopes.
  • ' Alpine Skis ' are perfect for well-packed, groomed slopes. Many advanced skiers love their speed, precision and high performance.
  • ' Freeride Skis ' suit the advanced skier who prefers tough conditions. Equally good on powder, wet and hard snow, these wider skis perform well on or off piste.
  • 'All Mountain (All Terrain) Skis' handle easily on or off piste for the advanced skier.
  • 'Carving Carvaholic Skis' perform best with expert skiers. Short and snappy, these skis are extreme carvers.
  • 'Nu School Skis' keep the freestyler on his game. Fun in parks and loaded with extra goodies such as twin tips.

Points to Ponder

  • Talk to an expert - Instructors give great advice on what skis to buy ; never underestimate their input.
  • Ask questions - Find a shopkeeper who'll take the time to listen and help you find the perfect pair for your ability. Be honest; if you're a beginner say so. It's all about finding the best ski for you.
  • Get serious - For safety reasons, get a binding that matches your ability, not just the color of your skis.
  • Be honest - Skis for an average-height adult should be between 63 and 71 inches (160 and 180 cm) in length, but a pro will tell you the right length for your body.
  • Look at the skis - Ski width should be three inches (75mm) under the foot for most terrains.
  • Look at the terrain - For skiers who plan on visiting high-powder areas, choose a width of three to four inches (7...

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