It’s no surprise that there has been a resurgence of interest in skiing, it’s become cool again, especially amongst the younger. In part, because the gear is now so much better. Boarding has been hugely popular, especially for off-trail riding, but with the range of skis now available, skiers have a huge choice to help them have the best day, on or off-trail. But more than ever, there’s now such a choice that it can be sometimes hard to decide which ski is best for you? Here’s a quick background, and a video, on how to choose the right ski.
First up, here are some common terms you might come across when choosing a ski.
Yep, there are different types, and you really do need to match the type that best suits your style.
The right length of ski you'll need is directly related to your height and your weight. As a general rule, the ski should come between your nose and your eyebrows when the tail is on the ground. The heavier you are the longer you can go within your suggested size range.
The best way to choose a ski is to actually try one out! Many ski shops and brands run demo days around the various ski areas of NZ, and for free you can try out different types of skis, often for an hour or so, and see what you like the best. We highly recommend this as a way to find the right ski for you!
We all love online shopping, but seriously, we don’t recommend shopping online for skis and “finding that bargain” unless you absolutely know what you want. We strongly recommend you head into a specialist ski shop, talk with the experts, be honest about your ability (and weight) and see what they recommend. It’s a big investment, one you’ll have for years, but most importantly, one that will directly influence how much fun you have on the mountain. Search here for a ski shop near you!