How to choose your alpine skiing equipment?
Choose your terrain
Type of skis and snow, terrain and personal preference are some of the things to take into consideration when choosing the perfect alpine skiing equipment. The key is to figure out where you will be spending most of your time on the mountain and what you like to ski most. We have explained below the different kinds of terrain to help you make your choice. If that is not enough, you can of course ask your rental store professional who will help you choose the perfect skis.
If you want to ski throughout the entire resort and ski all levels of piste, opt for on-piste skis such as the Salomon X-Max or Atomic Redster XT. Depending on your level, you'll lean more towards either accessibility or performance when choosing but expect graceful arcs and top speed from all models and - above all - maximum enjoyment.
All-Mountain skis are slightly wider and more versatile on-piste skis designed to take you right to the edges of the piste when conditions allow it. These skis work well in all snow conditions and let you fully appreciate what the mountain has to offer. Whether a beginner or expert, you'll enjoy yourself on these all-terrain skis. All-Mountain skis like the Atomic Nomad or Salomon X-Drive are responsive on piste and dynamic on powder.
If you spend most of your time off piste seeking powder, you'll need powder or Freeride skis, longer and wider than other types. Powder skis like the Salomon QST 118 or Atomic BACKLAND FR 102 are good for all skier abilities offering flotation and performance in deep snow. Freeride skis demand more technical ability as they are often more rigid and less maneuverable but nevertheless offer excellent float on powder snow.
Want to play in the snowpark, tackle some jumps on the kickers or the half-pipe? Slide the rails and boxes? You're going to need specific skis in that case. Park - or freestyle - skis are maneuverable twin-tip skis, playful and robust to offer maximum thrill and sensation. The Atomic Infamous or Salomon NFX fulfill this mission to perfection, ready and waiting for you to perform the most insane tricks.
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