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A ski's waist width is a large factor in how a ski behaves and where it is designed to be used. Most beginners to intermediate skis will have tend to have narrower waist widths, while advanced intermediate to expert skis will generally be wider, depending on the intended use.


70mm waists and below are usually reserved for junior skis or race skis.


71-75mm waists are ideal for on trail performance. These skis are easy to maneuver from edge to edge. Typically these waist widths are for skiers who spend 95% or more of their time on groomed trails.


76-80mm waists are ideal for on trail performance. They are easy to maneuver edge to edge like the narrower skis, but offer more stability and are more comfortable in un-groomed snow. Typically these waist widths are for skiers who spend 85% or more of their time on groomed trails.


81-85mm waists are ideal for on trail performance and offer additional stability for some of trail performance. Typically these waist widths are for skiers who spend 70% of time on groomed trails and 30% in light powder.


86-90mm waists are ideal for all mountain use. These skis are for skiers who split time fairly evenly between on trail and powder condtions but are more concerned about performance on groomed terrain.


91-95mm waists are ideal for all mountain use. These skis are for skiers who split time fairly evenly between on trail and powder condtions but are more concerned about float for easier skiing in the powder.


96-100mm waists are ideal for the adventurous all mountain skier. These skis will provide good float in powder and tracked powder while still being agile enough to ski groomed trails on your way back to the lodge.


101-105mm waists are most at home off trail in crud and powder but still have some on trail performance. Typically these waist widths are for skiers spending 70% or more of their time off trail.


106-110mm waists are most at home off trail in powder but still have some on trail performance. Typically these waist widths are for skiers spending 70% - 80% or more of their time off trail.


111mm waists and greater range from big mountain use (111-119mm) to true powder skis (120mm+). Typically these waist widths are specialty skis for skiers who want to ski as off trail as much as possible.

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