All Mountain Skis are used all over the ski resort, with an emphasis on groomed snow performance.
When you choose an all-mountain ski, pick a length that is even to eye or chin level. Adjust the length depending on your ability, longer for more advanced and shorter for newer skiers.
These skis are ideal for the skier who spends most of their time on groomed runs and wants to ski off-piste terrain from time to time.
Free Ride Skis are designed for skiing a variety of conditions off-piste at high speeds. They excel at going fast, providing a stable ride, and floating on top of fresh and chopped-up snow.
Freeride skis have a waist width between 100 – 120mms. They have either camber or a flat base underfoot, paired with a large tip and tail rocker. Some powder skis are also considered freeride skis and vice versa. Freeride skis have a moderate to stiff flex. Again this varies between models.
The length of your freeride skis should be even with your chin or higher. You can easily go overhead if you’re an expert or the ski has lots of rocker or a smaller effective edge.
Freeride skis are designed for playfully skiing the whole mountain. This ski category is for the skier who wants to jump off cliffs and rollers, ski powder, and go fast on open faces.
Backcountry Skis are skis that are lightweight made for walking uphill and skiing downhill. Backcountry skis can fall within all of the above categories, but their lightweight is their defining characteristic.
Backcountry skis vary in width from 85 – 120cm. The narrower the ski, the lighter they will be, and as waist width increases, so does the skis’ soft snow performance. These skis have a mix of camber and rocker. The amount each is used depends on the purpose of the ski. The flex also depends on the model and its purpose.
For length, choose a backcountry ski that is around eye level. You can go longer or shorter depending on your needs. Just make sure you can get a kick turn around.
Backcountry skis are great for exploring the terrain outside of the ski resort. If you plan to ski inbounds and venture out of the resort occasionally, a ski with a hybrid binding is a better option.