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How To: Pick Your Skis

Buying a new pair of skis can be pretty intimidating. There are so many shapes, styles, brands, rocker profiles, waist-widths, and claims of being the best ski around that everything can get pretty confusing. That's where we come in. At Skis.com, we want the ski buying process to be as simple as possible. On this page we've detailed the types of skis out there and who we would recommend them to.

All Mountain Skis

All Mountain Skis

All-Mountain Skis are going to be the Swiss Army Knives of the ski world. They are built to tackle any terrain or conditions thrown at them, from groomers and ice to powder and tree runs, these skis are up to the challenge.

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Skiing Anything and Everything

Frontside Skis

Frontside Skis

Frontside Skis are going to accommodate a broad range of skill levels and styles of skier. From your true beginners to ex-racers, a frontside ski's main goal is to trench out groomed runs.

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Carving

Powder Skis

Powder Skis

As the old saying goes, "There's no friends on a powder day." These are the skis that are going to help you discover why. With wide waist widths and plenty of rocker, these will have you floating all the way down the mountain.

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Waist-Deep Snow

Freestyle Skis

Freestyle Skis

These are the skis that will take you from hitting your first box to winching the 12-Step outside your old high school, and all the way to stomping double cork 1080s. If spinning and flipping are your passions, these are the skis you need

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Hitting the Terrain Park

Race Skis

Race Skis

If speed is in your blood, these are the skis you need. A true race ski has no time for speed checks or second-guessing. Race skis are the stiffest, most aggressive rockets on the mountain. If your goal is gold, these are the skis for you

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Speed
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    Fischer RC4 Worldcup SL Race Skis
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    Head WC Rebels i.GS RD Pro Race Skis
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    Atomic Redster G9 FIS Race Skis

Alpine Touring Skis

Alpine Touring Skis

True AT skis are designed to carry you up the mountain and ski well on the way back down. While there are many skis that work well for touring, a true touring ski is going to be the king of lighweight performance

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Long Days on the Skintrack

Want even more information? Read our ski buying guide here.

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