How To Choose Beginner Skis

If you are a beginning skier, learn how to choose beginner skis. Choosing skis for a beginning skier is much different than choosing skis for an advanced skier. You are not going to benefit from spending $1000 on the latest skis and bindings. Your goal as a beginner is to buy a ski that exceeds the quality of something you might rent at the mountain. You also want to buy a ski that will maximize your safety as a beginning skier. Here are some points to consider when choosing beginner skis:

In order to learn about how to choose beginner skis, you will need:

  • Your height and weight
  • Knowledge of your budget
  1. Think about where you ski. If you are a beginning skier, you probably go on runs down the mountain. You probably don't do any off piste skiing or spend much time doing tricks. In this case, you will want to buy an all-mountain ski. You don't want anything that says, "alpine," "racing," or "twin-tip."
  2. Consider your size. While skiing ability is more important than your size in choosing beginner skis, you should still consider your height and weight. Generally speaking, all mountain skis are anywhere from 75-90 mm in length. If you are a bigger skier, you should look at all-mountain skis which are closer to 90 mm. "Bigger" for a skier is considered 180 pounds and over.
  3. Consider how much you want to spend. As a beginner skier, you don't need to spend a lot of money. Expensive skis are expensive because they are build to go fast, weigh less and provide extreme durability. You need a ski that is just going to get you through a few ski seasons until you are ready to move up. You can get a mid range pair of skis for anywhere from 300 to 400 dollars.
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