You went to the sports store ready to leave it with a new pair of skis. It seemed like no big problem for you before you went into and saw hundreds of different models, shaper, colors of skis? What now? Good option for you is to ask for advice from the shop staff. They are all ski professionals and know the exact specifications for the skis they are selling. They can help you with answering all your question and you can get great suggestions on which you can rely when making the final decision. 

First, never make choice based on the color of the skis and be completely honest with yourself about your ski skills and your physical preparation. That will help you not to buy pair of skis that you won’t be able control later. The thing you are looking for is pair of skis that will let you enjoy the ski slopes instead of making you regret that you bought them. And don’t let be considered about the ski color, either way they will be covered in snow most of the time.
Before making the final decision it would be great if you ask for a pair of test skis so you can feel them real and decide whether they are good for you or not. 

General info about the skis:

  • Longer skis are faster.
  • Shorter skis are easier to control, but not that stable while straight rides and easier to sink in deep snow.
  • Skis with smaller radius are much easier to perform short dynamic performance, but more unstable.
  • Wider skis are more unstable in straight rides then the thin ones.
  • Softer skis are easier to handle the curve with and can get over some mistakes.
  • Shorter skis from the same model have slightly smaller radius because the the dimensions of the tail, the waist and the top of the ski are the same and only the length is reduced which lowers the value of the circular arc.

One general classification divides the skis on beginner, recreational and competitive.

Beginner skis are cheaper, lighter, more flexible and much easier to start with. Simply, they lead the skier. Of course, the price reflects on the quality of the skis, on the quality of materials from which are made the edges and the base of the ski. The edges on the beginner skis can be faster destroyed. Those skis don’t have any absorb mechanisms, but provide skiing with minimum effort, especially for the beginners and those with weaker muscles. Be careful when you chose the length of the ski. Even though the shorter skis are easier to control they may cause you problems with the balance. If you plan to ski only on the ski resort slopes then the recommendation is to choose skis which height is somewhere between your nose ana eyebrows (minimum 15cm and maximum 5cm lower than your height). When you learn the basics and completely learn to handle the skis you might start thinking of better models of skis. Until then, there is no point getting better skis just to say you own them, and the reality is you won’t be able to control them technically and physically. The optimal radius for the beginners is 16-17m and for skiers shorter than 170cm the best radius is 13-15m. And for more heavier skiers, those who weight more than 85kg, it is recommended to take skis that belong in the next category. 

The recreational skis are made for skiers that have 35-50 active skiing days behind them and already know how to handle the skis in different situations on different terrains. They need the skis with excellent performances, but not the professional ones because they are much expensive. This skis are made for those who have mastered the technique of skiing. This class of skis requires great physical preparation. The structure of this skis and their performances are much closer to those of the competition models of skis. The core of the ski is almost all made from wood which means excellent performance at higher speeds. There are many models and it is up to you what you will choose, small radius for slalom, large for downhill or wide with larger radius for off-piste. 

Eventually, the competitive models are not real competitive skis with which the famous skiers win the races, but still very very serious and if used by beginners could result with serious injuries. They are made for ready skiers, with very good technique, strong muscles and good endurance and act inviolable, stable, fast and reliable if you are able to control them. They are for previously prepared ski slopes, not for deep snow because they are heavy and have with small base surface. This class of skis are very hard, which enables stability at higher speeds. All the best construction and performances are integrated into this skis – pure wooden cores, integrated bindings, hard edges, special anti vibration solutions… Slalom models have radius 10m on 165cm height and giant slalom skis radius more than 21m on height more than 180cm. 

If you are a beginner don’t throw money away for some fancy or competitive skis just to stay unsatisfied at the end.