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Choosing Downhill Skis

Finding Skis That are Right for You


Person skiing in Jura Mountains
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Choosing the downhill skis that are right for you can be a challenge, but it's important to purchase skis that work for you. After all, having skis that fit your ability level, personal goals, and type of skiing will make sure your time on the slopes is both safe and enjoyable. Here's how to figure out what alpine skis are best for you.

Find Your Skiing Ability Level

Determine your level of ability on skis is important - knowing whether you're a beginner, intermediate, or advanced skier will exclude many choices and make your decision a lot easier.

If you're a Beginner skier, you enjoy comfortable speeds on gentle ski slopes. You can ski comfortably on easy slopes.

If you're an Intermediate skier, you like the challenge of moderate or difficult ski trails. You can handle beginner terrain easily, and you are a stable skier on Blue Square trails. You feel ready to take on more challenging terrain, like steeps, moguls, or glades.

If you're an Advanced/Expert skier, you can maintain and control your speed on difficult, steep trails. You enjoy this challenge and you can ski safely on steeps, moguls, glades, and other trails.

Decide what Ski Type is Best for You

Once you know you're skiing level, it's time to figure out what kind of skiing you'll be doing. Many ski brands use ski types to further define the type of ski.

Buying Skis

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