STIFFNESS/FLEX

Posted by Cyrus Schenck on

Stiffness is very tough to quantify since a ski’s flex pattern can vary greatly from tip-to-tail and those small intricacies will make a huge difference in ski behavior. Don’t worry that maybe “the tip is a little stiffer” or the “tail is soft”. Just know that a stiffer ski needs more energy to bend and will reward you for that extra effort in turns and control, while a softer ski, while easier to bend, won’t give quite the same energy back. What you give is what you get.  ____________________________________________________________________ FACTORS TO CONSIDER: There are 5 things you need to consider when...

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WEIGHT

Posted by Cyrus Schenck on

Weight can definitely have an effect on your skiing, but don’t let it dictate what you pick. I will tell you that any weight difference under 100g is not worth considering. That is literally 5 slices of Juicy Fruit - it’s not going to change anything except in your head. Here are some good benchmarks for weight (single ski, no bindings):   Less than 1,600g — Light as hell. 1,600-1,800g — Light 1,800-2,000g — Normal 2,000-2,200g — Little beefier More than 2,200g — Race skis   As you can see, this entire scale only spans 600g so really don’t sweat...

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LENGTH

Posted by Cyrus Schenck on

Length, of all ski attributes, length is the most straightforward. For a totally ‘normal’ ski, it’s should come up to the bridge of your nose. Size up a few centimeters if: You ski in 1ft+ of snow often or ski in steep (i.e. if you fall you won’t stop until the bottom) terrain often. This is more indicative of Western resorts typically. The skis you have some rocker to them. The more rocker, the more you should size up - a powder ski, for example, which has the most rocker of anything, should be 5-7cm longer. For most skis out...

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How To Pick The Right Ski

Posted by Cyrus Schenck on

Choosing a ski can be daunting. Here's a quick run-down to make sure you pick the right one this winter.

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Best SUVs for Skiing

Posted by Bobak Farzin on

Skiing is a lifestyle. For the best experience you need the right equipment, clothing and transportation. Vehicles must be safe and winter friendly. And, cargo space matters. While many folks rack their skis atop the vehicle, I keep my Renouns inside away from weather and corrosive road salt. With all that I mind, I looked at top performing vehicles that meet skier needs.  They all but drive themselves. And, that just may happen next year.   Audi A4 AllRoad   Bottom Line: It might look like a standard Audi from the outside - but the AllRoad is packed with features...

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