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Understanding the Various Types of Skis


Skis have evolved over time and there are several different types of them available in the market now. These can be chosen depending upon your gender, terrain where they intend to ski and skis that are suitable for different levels of ability. Skis also come with varying flexibility, weight and sidecut to enable a better grip. Here are some of the different types of skis that you can see in the market:

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All Mountain Skis

As the name suggests, these skis are suitable for all types of terrains. Skiers may choose from light powder, moguls or groomed terrain types. Those skiers who spend 50 to 70 percent of the time in skiing on groomed terrain choose these skis. The all-mountain skis have flexible tips for mogul and powder skiing but their tails and waists are stiff.

Carving Skis

The Carving Skis have wide tips and tails but they have an hourglass figure. The waistlines of these skis, is less than 70 millimeters. The Carving skis are ideal for people who ski on groomed terrain most of the time. The stiffness and deep sidecut of these skis help in taking tightly carved turns.

Powder Skis

Powder skis are flexible, fatter and have less sidecut than other skis as there are no tight, short or carving turns in powder skiing. The waistlines of the powder skis, is between 85 to 120 millimeters. These skis are best for those that spend time in powder skiing but if one is spending time on the groomed terrain, he/she must stay under 90 millimeters for the waist line.

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Backcountry Skis

Backcountry skis are also called alpine touring skis or randonee. Backcountry skiing refers to the skiing in which the skiers first have to climb the hill to reach the top. The backcountry skis have bindings that enable uphill climbing by freeing the heel. The heel is released when running downhill as well. The backcountry skis are more flexible than the carving skis but their stiffness is more than the powder skis. The waist widths of the backcountry skis measures between 78 and 102 millimeters. The selection of these as per the waist depends upon the terrain where one is skiing.

Twin Tip Skis

These skis have a curved-up tip and a curved up tail. These were earlier popular for the land jumps backward and the take offs. However, now they are available as all-mountain skis with the skis being wider in the front and slightly longer in length.

Race Skis

As the name suggests, the race skis are ideal for racers and advanced skiers. They are highly specialized skis that help during racing.

New school skis

Also known as free ride skis, these skis are also for the advanced skiers who perform aerial trick, half-pipes and jumps.

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