Best Skis For The Beginner: Here's Some Recommendations For Women
If you know me, you know that I like buying stuff. Whether it's athletic gear or perfumed soaps, it's my favorite pasttime. However let me just add that I don't go overboard. I don't have stuff I don't need and I use everything I buy. If I have to buy a second pair of skis, or a third, there is a really good reason for that. In the spirit of the approaching holidays, I am already in the mood for winter. I am looking forward to turkey on the table, presents under the tree, and lots of time with family and friends. It also means that almost every week, one day will be reserved to get up a mountain and spend it careening down the side of a mountain carving my signature style. I just picked up a new pair of skis because I am planning to take it to the next level this year. I took a few steps in deciding on which pair of skis to get and it got me thinking that I'd write something about choosing skis for a beginner.
The Basics of Skis
Not all skis are created equal. Early generation skis were straight cut, but now you have them shaped. There is a distinct difference in performance between the two. Beyond shape, there is length. Just remember this, longer skis are more stable, but they also go faster. Shorter skis on the other hand are easier to maneuver and go a little slower. But that's not all that determines the skis a person choses. It also depends on the height. Typically, your skis should come up to your eyebrows, if it's a straight cut, and only up to your chin if its a curved edge.
If there is any reason why beginners should stick to shorter skis is that if you go too fast and aren't experienced enough to control it, you're going to be clumsily falling and tumbling down the hill more than you are going to be gracefully gliding down.
Another thing to consider is the width. There are three measurements to contend with. The width of the shovel, which is the front tip of the of the ski. Then there is the width of the waist, which is the middle. Finally, there is the width of the tail. For now, what you need to know is that if you are skiing powder, get them wider. For a noob, a 70mm waist will suffice.
There are two more things you need to consider when you are shopping for a good set of beginner skis. Stiffness and sidecut are important because they directly impact your ability to stay on your skis and off you rear end. Stiff skis are harder to control while softer skis are the opposite. Sidecut is the curvature of the waist. It's like looking at an hourglass. The more curve radius, the tighter the turn radius. In my opinion, go with the least amount of curve as possible. You will have plenty of time to get fancy after you've logged more runs.
A Few Good Skis
Once you have an idea of the skis that you would need, and depending on how far along you are, here are some skis you can consider. Right now you understand the basics of skis, but you also need to understand the economics of it. If you plan on getting good fast, it may be worth it to invest in a higher-end pair. If you are taking this up for fun, and you will only come a couple of times each year, then keep the investment to a minimum.
Just to clear things up, if you are a beginner, you're best bet is to get a pair of skies that come with bindings in the package. Bindings, as the name suggests, binds your boots to the skis. These Atomic Clouds are comfortable and mostly straight with an almost-imperceptible curvature to it. That's exactly how you want it when you are a beginner. On the finer side of things the topsheet of the skis stretches over the side and makes the ski look flatter than it is, making it look really sleek.The top surface is also textured and this feature helps to keep the skis durable and last longer.
This pair is for someone who is a beginner, but plans to up her game in short order. If you are someone who has been up a few times and has decided that you're going to take the game up a notch, then these are possibly for you. The reason this Head is not for someone who is only going up a few times this season, is that these skis are going to take a little effort. There is a lot more curvature than the Atomic Cloud, and they are fat skis that can carve a lot more than the typical beginner's pair. Most ski shops will recomend these to intermediate skiers. But think about your goals and choose accordingly.
This is a composite pair that's a little on the high end, but it does work well for a committed beginner. From a performance perspective, it has wider shovels and narrow tails with a slight curve. The Salomon is suitable for all terrains and they are manageable the first few weeks on the slopes. If you plan on getting from beginner to advanced beginner by the end of the 2013/14 season, then go for this one.
With one of these three skis you will certainly be upping your game this winter. Whether you've tried it a couple of times, or you're completely new to this, the one thing you will know deep down, is if you are indeed a skier or not. If you are, the first time you get to the slope, you will know it. You may tumble you're way down a few times, but before long you will be carving your way down. Just one last piece of advice, make sure no one but a qualified ski instructor teaches you from the very start. That's the only way, you will start of with good habits.
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