Beginner, advanced or expert skier – there’s a ski that’s right for everyone! Adapted to the skier’s style and frequency of use, the skis should offer comfort and skiing enjoyment, while ensuring you stay safe as your competence improves.
– the technical level of the skier
– the use (freestyle, freeride, on-piste, all terrain)
– the skier’s body shape.
The construction of a ski
Useful to know
Choosing skis requires knowledge of certain technical terms relating to the structure of the equipment
The camber of a ski signifies its camber when “empty”, without the weight of you the skier and/or its bindings: skis have different cambers: very curved or flat, depending on their use and how you want them to perform.
Usually, skis have a standard camber throughout their length, complete with rocker (raised section) at the tip and/or heel, for power and control.
The edges are the metal pieces that run down either side of the base of the skis, allowing them to grip the snow. They require regular grinding so that they continue to cut into the snow. The expression “to catch an edge” implies putting pressure on the non-load-bearing edge, which often results in a fall!
Types of skis
Beginners prefer to stay on-piste, but for advanced and expert skiers, all terrains are possible! Broad or narrow, long or short, there’s a ski for every type of skiing.
Ski size again depends on what you’ll be using them for, as well as your own size.
For more information, here is a table showing ski sizes based on the different parameters to take into account:
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The shorter the skis, the better the control! Beginners should choose skis 5-10 cm shorter than they are. As for longer skis, they offer better stability but are less manoeuvrable, and therefore for use by experienced skiers.
The stiffer the skis, the more responsive and technical they are! So their use is reserved for advanced to expert skiers who like speed and turns. Supple skis, on the other hand, are perfect for beginners and skiers looking for an easy ride!
A binding is made of 2 parts:
– the frontal binding, which holds the front of the boot
– the rear binding, which holds the rear of the boot
The bindings have a spring system that opens and releases in case of a fall, to avoid injury. The bindings are adjusted to suit the skier. Your ability and body shape (height and weight) determine your choice of bindings and their adjustment.
For beginners, it’s recommended to use bindings that are fairly supple to allow them to come off very easily in case of a fall. Experts go for more rigid bindings.
The DIN index shows the binding’s adjustment value:
|Beginner skier||Intermediate skier||Advanced skier||Professional skier|
To complete your choice of skis, don’t forget your poles! Designed to help you with your skiing, they need to be the right size.
To select your poles, they should be turned upside down, held vertically, with your hand placed under the ring to form with the forearm an angle slightly less than 90°.
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