Deciding the Right Ski for you
In today’s skiing world there are so many different brand names and models of skis that it can get a little bit overwhelming. I feel that the first step in deciding which ski is right for you is to determine what type of skiing you plan on doing. Depending on whether you ride park, race, big mountain, or simply want to take it easy on some mellow groomers, this should be the first indicator of what type of ski you should begin to look for.
After you have come to the conclusion on the type of skiing that you are most interested in, then it is time to look a little bit further. I feel that a great place to start is to begin looking at both online and magazine reviews. These can give you a general idea of what the skis are like, their quality, and which ones might be right for you. After this, you can begin to narrow down your selection to a couple skis that fit your criteria. Although this is a good start, you still never really know if you will like a ski or not until you have actually tried it. Therefore, if you have the opportunity, then you should try and demo the skis that you feel will best match your ability and type of skiing. This will really let you know if the skis are something that you want to spend your money on before reaching into your wallet.
Overall, trying to decide what skis to buy for the upcoming season is always a hard dilemma. I have been skiing for almost twenty years now and I still struggle with this problem every year. The fact is that there are just so many different brands of skis that all produce quality products so it is really hard to determine which one of those is the perfect ski for you. In my eyes the best you can do is try and demo as many skis as possible or ask to borrow your friends skis for a run. The more you get to try, the better idea you will have about what you really want. In the end just make sure that you first recognize the type of skiing that you want to be doing and then try to narrow your decision from there.
Check out the Freeskier’s Buyer Guide and see what they have to say about some of this years new skis!