SUITABLE SKIS - FOR YOUR REQUIREMENTS
Which skis are best for you depends first and foremost on your abilities and requirements. Are you a beginner, advanced or (almost) professional? Do you prefer to ski on groomed slopes or are you more drawn to the backcountry? Important questions that you should answer in order to find the ideal ski for your needs. Our basic information and the "type comparison" will help you.
BUYING SKIS & SKI TYPES: WHAT TO LOOK OUT FOR?
If you want to buy new skis, you should know the most important categories. Here they are: All-rounders are compromise models that are ideal for moderate speed. Racecarvers and crosscarvers are relatively heavy, well-cushioned skis that are designed for tracking and smoothness at high speeds. They are more strenuous to ski than all-rounders. Touring skis are relatively light and especially suitable for mounting climbing skins. Freeriders specialise in deep snow skiing. They are wide and therefore offer a lot of lift. Freestyle means short skis that are bent up at the front and back so that you can also ski backwards with them.
It is important that the skis you choose fit your current ability, your favourite ski adventures and your body size. Easycarvers and all-round carvers are recommended for beginners in winter sports. Easycarvers and all-round carvers in the beginner class are usually very light skis that forgive you for small mistakes. They tend to be short, but not too short. For this reason, a corresponding model should be skied slowly or at most at medium speed. At very high speeds, these skis may become too unsteady.
If you already have some practical experience with skis and mainly ski for pleasure, it is best to go for all-round carvers or all-mountain skis. These are also suitable for use in the backcountry, i.e. in deep snow on groomed trails. Compared to all-round carvers, all-mountain skis are slightly wider. This provides more lift in deep snow, but makes the skis react a little more sluggishly on classic slopes. This also leads to a basic fact: the more the skis go wide, the more often the skier should spend time in the backcountry. We also advise ambitious advanced skiers to use all-mountain skis or to specialise according to the terrain they are aiming for.
On the other hand, you need different skis for difficult terrain. If you're aiming for wild cross-country rides through powdery deep snow, freeriders or race carvers are ideal. You'll also find some touring skis at Keller Sports. They are aimed at all those who want to go on daring ski tours.
As far as the interaction between your height and the length of the skis is concerned, you can use the following rule of thumb as a guide: The taller you are, the longer your boards should be. However, you should also take into account that the length of the skis has an effect on your skiing: short skis are more manoeuvrable, but more unsteady than long skis. If you place the highest value on comfort, you should therefore buy longer versions, and shorter ones for fast turns.
IMPORTANT SKIING TECHNIQUE TERMS
You don't have to be an expert to buy a ski that suits you. But if you know the most important terms, it will be easier for you to understand the product descriptions and make your decision.
- Camber: When the ski is on the ground, it curves up in the middle. This camber is called camber. When you stand on the ski, your weight is distributed more evenly over the entire length of the ski thanks to the camber. The more pronounced the camber, the greater the edge length when turning. Typical carving skis have a clearly visible camber.
- Rocker: Rocker refers to the camber of the ski. In contrast to the typical carving ski, the contact point between snow and ski shifts towards the centre: Only a relatively short section of the ski rests on the snow, and the ski lifts off the snow at the front and back. This construction is ideal for deep snow. The ski gets more lift, comparable to a sleek motorboat on high waves. Conversely, a rocker is more difficult to ski on hard slopes because the edge length - the part of the ski that really "bites" into the snow when turning - is shorter than on a carving ski. The term "rocker" is used inconsistently by manufacturers. You will come across terms like "full rocker", "resort rocker", "catch free rocker" or "adaptive rocker". Tip: Don't pay so much attention to the terms, but to the recommended range of application.
- Waist is the width of the ski along its length. Heavily waisted skis are wide at the front and back and narrow in the middle. They allow for a smaller turn radius, so they are ideal for carving. Weak waists have narrower ends and a not so narrow middle. This can make the edge change more sluggish, but supports slid turns better.
- Torsion: Stiffness to twisting along the longitudinal axis influences grip: a torsionally stiff ski reacts faster and more strongly to tilting. Conversely, a less torsionally stiff ski is more forgiving of edge defects, but grips less well on icy slopes.
- Bending hardness: A soft ski that bends well adapts smoothly to the surface. It turns softer on slippery turns - as long as the torsional stiffness and camber are right. A hard ski gives better grip on the piste and is more suitable for racing.
WITH SKIS OFF-PISTE
If you want to specialise in a particular discipline, there are many suitable variants waiting for you in the Keller Sports online shop, such as freeriders or racers. Race carvers should be body-length or even longer. They also always have a low waist and particularly high torsional stiffness. This makes them the right skis for every skier who wants to indulge in the rush of speed in deep snow. Freeride skis are so wide that you hardly sink in deep snow. Here's another rule of thumb: if you're into skiing in soft, powdery snow, you need extra-wide freeride skis. Another note on touring skis: they need to be light, but also wide, to give you enough support and lift on your descents. Depending on whether your main focus when touring is on the ascent or the descent, you should give more weight to one or the other characteristic.
SKIING FUN WITH KELLER SPORTS
Keller Sports offers you numerous ski variants for various purposes. The spectrum ranges from classic piste and all-mountain skis to race carvers, freeride skis and touring skis. You can choose from excellently crafted and modernly designed skis from renowned brands such as Völkl, DPS, Black Crows, Dynafit, Rossignol and Head. Let yourself be inspired by our wide range of products and include the information in the guide in your considerations when buying. Soon you'll be stable and safe on the most beautiful slopes in the world - on first-class boards that mean the world of winter sports to you!