Powder Skis are worth investing in for people who are particular about the type of snow they want to ski. These skis will cater perfectly towards…..powder. But before we can dissect the ski we must first define the snow.
What is “powder?”
There are many ways to describe powder and lay out the benefits of its pure majesty but the common trait among devoted skiers is the constant search for this epic snow. However, riding powder can be a tricky endeavor for the less experienced skier and for those who don’t possess the adequate equipment. Hence, THE POWDER SKI.
When a skier wants to learn powder skiing they will need the appropriate gear for maneuvering. Most powder new comers will start with All-Mountain skis. These are appropriate because they allow the user easier control in differing snow conditions on all types of terrain. An All-Mountain ski will provide much more versatility than a pure powder ski but performance is sacrificed when skiing in more extreme levels of powder.
Powder skiing is usually done by intermediate to advanced skiers due to the increased level of difficulty and energy needed. Therefore, with a powder ski there are many defining characteristics.
Wider skis ranging from 100-140 mm in width for the ability to float on top of this loose, deep snow. The width can be a limiting factor. When off of the powder the ski can lose a considerable amount of edge-to-edge quickness.
Softer flex allows for a better ability to stay on top of the snow and grants a more playful feel. Adds a great “pop” in the turn transition.
Camber and Rocker hybrid technology is used; giving the ski more flotation capabilities than smaller, skinnier skis. Dramatic sidecut makes for less effort needed from turn to turn.
These type of skis are also great for skiing in Crud Snow. Crud Snow is wind, weather, and skier affected snow. Previously fallen and skied, Crud is set up and hard. Powder Skis can power through this difficult snow condition. Wider skis are recommended for both Powder and Crud. Getting a ski which is too small can result in a more difficult and effort filled skiing experience. As with anything, skiing in powder will take practice and proper instruction from the right mentors. Do not be afraid to ask for sizing advice. Be sure to get the right tool for the job in terms of skier type and snow conditions. This simple advice can make your trip a lot more pleasurable.
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