Your Expert Guide To Buying Skis

As we go into summer, skiing may be far from your mind. Or maybe you’re the kind of person who misses ski season the moment the last lift stops on the last day.

Either way, you find yourself wondering if it’s time to buy some skis. Whether you’re just thinking about it or shopping some summer sales, we’ve got your guide to buying skis below.

Consideration #1 Ski Type

The number one thing to consider when buying skiis is the type of skiing you’ll be doing. There is no reason for someone who does no powder time to consider wide skiis.

The same goes for cross country skiis, telemarks, and trick skiis. If you’ve never skied before, talk to the ski pro about the specific mountain terrain.

You want to buy your skiis for where you’ll be skiing 80% of the time.

Consideration #2 Skill

Beginning skiers can get away with most combination skiis until they find the find their groove. Most people start out with combination skis that are mostly straight with small flutes out at the front and back.

With skiis like these, you can float over some minor powder but won’t feel like you have surfboards on your feet.

When you’re at the ski shop (yes, you should shop in person!) talk to your ski pro about your skill level. Don’t be shy if you’re new to skiing, we all were once! If you lie about your skill, you’re going to end up with skiis too big/small to control.

If you’re shopping for a new pair of skiis after a while or you don’t want to rent anymore, get the models of your last skiis. Most rental shops keep records, so call and ask them what you’ve been skiing on.

Take those model number to the store with you. If they don’t have the same model, the pro will know or look up the specific qualities of what you skied on.

Consideration #3 Price

Skiis range in price from the $100 range for demos and starters all the way up to $1000’s.

The best way to decide your ski price range (unless your budget decides for you) is to divide the price of the skis by how many times you ski per season.

After you get that number, think about what it would cost to rent skis that many times. The cheapest you can usually rent skiis for a day is around $50, and that varies with the ski quality.

If the price of the skiis exceeds the price of the rentals, go down a little bit in the price range.

You also have to take multiple seasons into consideration. The right pair of skis, when treated well and waxed, can easily last up to five/six years.

Yes, buying skis can be expensive, but they’re a multi-year investment. The right pair will make your ski pass feel a lot cheaper and your days on the slopes much more fun!

Buying Skis In Person

We can’t recommend going to your local ski store enough. These people work there because they love snow sports, not because they just wanted a job. They have been on the mountain, heck they were probably raised on it!

You can trust them to recommend the right pair of skis. For some boot recommendations and other advice, do some pre-store research on our blog.

See you on the slopes!

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