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We carry a wide range of alpine skis from Volkl, Blizzard, Nordica, and Dynastar. These days, there are lots of different skis to choose from. Take some time to answer the following questions and you’ll be well on your way to getting the right ski package for your particular style and ability level. Also check out the Winter F.A.Q. for answers to frequently-asked skiing questions.
Shopping Tips for Alpine Skis
Ski resorts offer several distinct types of skiing possibilities. The most prominent are the groomed trails, providing smooth and relatively obstacle-free corduroy to carve upon. Gladed runs–where more advanced skiers weave tight turns between trees on natural snow (while trying to avoid a mouthful of bark)–are increasing in popularity each year. There is usually a terrain park and a half-pipe where freestyle skiers and boarders can throw huge airs, grind rails and generally showcase mad amounts of “steez” (read: style). Mogul runs may make your knees pop like toy pistols but can be joyful if you’ve got the skills. Finally, many ski areas leave certain trails in an ungroomed state, or allow skiing “out of bounds” on trails not groomed or otherwise maintained. Knowing where you like to ski is the first step toward finding the right pair of skis to take you there.
Manufacturers design skis to suit a certain level of skier. Typically, in similar ski models, more advanced skis will have progressively stiffer flexes. This construction feature gives confident skiers better edge hold and stability at higher speeds. Beginners are best mated with a ski that is softer and more forgiving to mistakes. Think about the three levels of ski trail difficulty (green, blue, black) and which types of trails you are confident descending, as well as where you hope to be in the future tense. Your skiing ability level will also influence your ideal ski length; more advanced skiers typically will choose longer skis.
This will give you an idea of how much your technique will improve throughout the winter. If you do plan on improving, you’ll have the most fun with a ski that you can grow into, rather than one that won’t be able to keep up with your progress.
The price of a ski package is directly related to the ability of the skier, novice equipment always being less expensive than advanced. We’ll do our best to match you up with skis that fit within your budgetary requirements and ability level.
Magazine tests are fun to read and can bring out some skis you might not have though of, but they don’t do those tests at the Dartmouth Skiway (or usually anywhere in the east) and there is no way to know if what the tester likes reflects your skiing style or preferences. That’s why we have our own fleet of ski demo’s so you can find the skis that work best for you.