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How To Choose Your Freeride Skis? | Salomon How-To

How To Choose Your Freeride Skis? | Salomon How-To


Fall is in the air as you can see, and winter is coming. So if you like powder
up to your knees, skiing out of bounds
and through the trees while it’s snowing, then you’re definitely a freerider. And picking the right
ski is essential. With a rocker profile,
the contact of the ski with the snow is situated
closer to the binding, which is in the middle of the ski. You can also have rocker in the tail following the same principle, which is called twin rocker. Tip rocker is very
important on a freeride ski as it allows flotation in powder
while absorbing bumps and uneven terrain. Tail rocker makes
controlling the ski easier and adds manoeuvrability. The waist width of a ski
is situated at the binding. Freeride skis have the widest width of all Alpine ski ranges, and there are three types, which
are all differentiated by the width. These skis have a waist
width of 90 to 100mm. They have significant
rocker at the tip, but not as much at the tail. These freeride skis are
the most versatile, as they can be skied in all
types of conditions, bumps, forests, tight couloirs, and are great for everything. These skis have a waist
width of 100 to 110mm and are clearly geared towards
freeride and deep snow. They help you stay
on top of the powder, and have amazing flotation. With a waist width of over 110mm, these are known as fat skis
and are ideal for big powders that all freeskiers
impatiently wait for. Free touring is a mix between
ski touring and freeride. The free touring range is for
the people who don’t mind using skins to hike up. Also known as free rando,
these skis have a waist width of 95 to 105mm,
with some tip rocker. They are usually a lighter
version of a freeride ski for skiing hard in the descent. Generally, in order to find your
length for your freeride skis, you need to add 5 to
10cm to your height. If you’re an advanced skier and like making big turns
in wide open spaces, then you can probably add
up to 15cm to your height. For free touring, choosing a
ski that is 5cm smaller than you will allow you to have a lighter
and more maneuverable ski for the climbs and the descent. Don’t go off-piste without the
essential equipment trio: shovel, probe, transceiver, and of course know
how to use them. I hope you enjoyed the episode and make sure to follow us
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2 thoughts on “How To Choose Your Freeride Skis? | Salomon How-To”

  1. I live in the netherlands and only go skiing once a year. So I always hire because I only ski once a year. But I really like freeriding and usually while hiring you can only get slope ski's. I do not know if it is worth buying ski's since I am saving my driver lincense. Anyone with advise?

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