At this time of year, snow skiing is one of the most famous sport that will be performed by many people, especially in northern part of the earth. The ski fans from novice to expert will go to mountain to go skiing down on its slopes.
This sport is a great and fun activity, but this sport is really depend on the right skiing gears. Unless you are using the proper equipment, snow skiing can be dangerous and frustrating activity.
So, here are some tips that can help you to choose the proper ski gears for your skiing activity that suit to your skill and style;
One of the most crucial aspect in selecting the right pair of skis is the person skiing skill. Novice skiers and skiers with intermediate skiing skill should use a pair of skis that can be control easily. Meanwhile the expert skiers might want to use specialized pair of skis.
Originally, skis made from wood materials, but as the technology getting more advance, the material that can be used to make skis become more vary such as fiberglass, aluminum, various carbon fiber, Kevlar, synthetic polyethylene, combination of various materials and other strong but lightweight material.
The research and development to find the finest material for skis is still ongoing even until these days. The material will make a strong but light and flexible pair of skis.
In this sport, there are few skiing types, so each type will require different skis designs that match to their purpose. For example, the cross country skiing will need thinner but longer skis design compare to skis for downhill.
The difference in structure and design due to the cross country skis is also use to glide on straight paths, meanwhile the downhill skis are more concentrating on the speed and making quick turn when the skier going down the hill.
Even the downhill skill has variety of types such as freestyle, racing or slalom, long jump and powder.
The skis length
For novice skiers, it is recommended to use shorter skis to help them make a turn easier. This pair of skis will help them in learning how to make the skis turn. The short skis are slower compare to the longer skis.
Since longer skis can move faster than the shorter skis, it will take higher skill and experience to control the skis. So, longer skis is used by more experienced skier with higher level of skiing.
People with heavier weight are also need longer skis, so, they do not sink easily in the snow. Longer skis also can handle snow with different condition better. Therefore, the length of the skis will be depend on the skier’s weight, skill and style.
Skis shapes and design
There are various shapes and designs for skis according to its use. For example, skis with narrow boot area are designed so it can make fast and sharp turns but has less stability. This type of design is suitable for race or slalom skiing
Meanwhile the opposite result will happen with skis with wider boot area. Therefore, this type of skis design will be perfect for cross country skiing.
The skis stiffness or flexibility will be depend on the material that is use to made the skis.