When Skiing and snowboarding the equipment you use can make the world of difference and the weather can be a huge factor in what equipment you choose to use. Here is a quick guide to the different types of skis and boards you can use in different weathers.
Skis and snowboards have many different variants which can effect how they ride on different types of snow and in different conditions. What you need to take into consideration is;
- Side cut
- Wood construction
As well as this you need to take into consideration the basic type of skiing the ski or board was made for;
- All mountan
- Freestyle backcountry
- Female specific
Here is our quick guide to choosing a ski/ board…
- Traditional – traditional side cut makes for effortless carving. Perfect for the standard skier/ boarder on piste. Perfect for courdroy and pipe. This side cut is the most popular and is often chosen for everyday riding.
- Reverse – This is perfect for deep snow. The tapered tip and tail allows the rider to easily throw them sideways and blast through the deep pow.
- Multi – dimensional – this side cut offers a number of different side cut radii throughout the length of the ski/ board. This side cut gives great edge on hardpack and more floatation in the deep stuff.
- Regular – perfect camber for carving up the piste. You will find most skis and boards have regular camber, particularly good for those holiday makers wanting a good ski/board for all mountain stability.
- Reverse – also known as rocker, this makes for great floatation in deep snow and butters in the park also great for beginner boarders as it makes it a lot less easy to catch an edge.
- Hybrid – often have camber underfoot making it nimble underfoot on the hardpack whilst the variations in the tip and tail of rocker make it great for riding pow on wider skis or buttering in the park on thinner waist skis
Skis and board are made out of different layers of wood, plastics, metals and other fabrics. The type of wood can make a huge difference on how well they work on different snowpacks.
- Paulowina – this is a light and soft wood which doesn’t dapen vibration terribly well. Great for park!
- Bamboo – this is very soft and forgiving like a dense foam giving it a damp but lively feel.
- Aspen and poplar – these are mid density woods for a light weight and poppy feel – perfect for that all mountain ride.
- Beech, Mapel Ash and Fir – a higher density than aspen and poplar providing good torsional rigidity making for a very stable ride at the cost of weight. Perfect for a race ski or a super charging carver!
TYPES OF SKIS
- Piste – built with a narrower waist for quick edge changes and often with a shorter turn radius for tighter faster carves – traditional cambers provide energy and grip – perfect for blasting around the piste.
- All mountain carve – all mountain skis incorporates a lot of the features of a piste ski but often with wider dimensions. This offers more float and stability – perfect for the sides of the pistes and the ungroomed jibs
- All mountain – combination of dimension designs providing very different models, waists, radii and camber profiles. This is the go anywhere do anything ride.
- Freeride – typically have a longer radius and always wider dimensions. The big waists enable max flotation. Reverse cambers plus interesting profiles and shapes dramatically improve their handling in soft snow.
- Freestyle – twin tipped with waists of 80 – 90mm and softer flexing than similarly prices piste models. Tips and tails are more forgiving and camber profiles include lots of rocker. Freestyle skis and boards are all about freedom and expression.
- Park – often have good pop and are more flexible at the tip and tail for buttering and pressing. Often have symmetrical cores and sidecuts for riding switch
- Freestyle backcountry – these are twin tips with super wide waists. Both skis and boards have rocker technology, cutting edge shapes and are soft flexing to improve their ride in the powder.
- Women specific – these are typically lighter and softer, needing less force and leverage and are often mounted slightly forward due to a different centre of gravity in women.