Are you looking for new all mountain skis?
We have you covered with our guide - a deep look into what style of all mountain skis best suit you and what length skis you should be getting.
*Please note that this is a unisex guide and our women's specific guide will be out soon!
General Types of All Mountain Skiers
The skier that wants to get out on the open runs and loves to hit the freshly groomer corduroy. The Cruiser likes to carve sweeping arcs but may throw in a quick turn here and there. The Cruiser may also want to get into mixed terrain like spring corn or some early powder - but knows that groomers are where they spend the most time.
Ski needs: strong edge grip, moderate flex, enough width for a variety of snow conditions.
The skier that loves to roll over their knees and really drive their skis into a quick turn. The Carver revels in the feeling of their skis making short radius railroad tracks in the snow and seeks out the freshly tilled groomers. The carver generally has a set of skis dedicated to hardpack and groomers. For all mountain skis, the Carver should look for skis with a moderate turning radius and a good amount of taper from the tip to tail dimensions (14 mm or more).
Ski needs: strong edge grip on hardpack, stiffer flex, enough width for a variety of snow conditions.
The skier that wants to ski fast and blow through anything in their path. The Charger is best characterized by aggressively driving into the tongue of their ski boots and loves to make larger radius turns. The Charger skis in a wide variety of terrain but loves the steeps.
Ski needs: stiff to medium-stiff flex, 95 mm+ waist width, mounting point at least 5 cm behind center.
The skier that is always looking for a new (and challenging) experience on skis and seeks out all types of terrain on the mountain. The Adventurer can often be found ducking into the trees one run, hitting groomers the next, then hiking to a powder-filled ridge. Versatility is the name of the game with the Adventurer.
Ski needs: easy to maneuver, twin tail, medium-stiff flex, 95 mm+ waist width, moderate to good flotation, edge grip on hardpack.
The all mountain skier that knows they won't be exclusively skiing powder, but seeks it out at any opportunity. The Powder Hound gets the first chair when the powder is fresh in the morning and then finds the hidden stashes throughout the mountain when the rest is tracked out. Often a close relative of the Adventurer, the Powder Hound seeks out new challenges when all the fresh snow is gone.
Ski Needs: good to great flotation, easy to maneuver, 105mm+ waist width, edge grip on groomers.
The all mountain skier that was likely a former park skier or a current park skier that wants to take their park skills all over the mountain. The all mountain Jibber finds all kinds of non-snow surfaces to hit, such as fallen logs propped up in the woods. Any time there is a roller to launch, the Jibber is sending it. The Jibber isn't worried about getting to the bottom the fastest, but always with style.
Ski Needs: full twintip tail, snappy flex, edge grip on hardpack, mounting point 2-7 cm behind true center.
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Not sure what length will suit you best? Use the chart below to get in the right ballpark.
If you really want to dial in your model and/or length choice, give us a call for expert, one-on-one, advice from a skier: (231)459-4323
Here's a basic chart to get you started.
Sizing skis is a little bit of an art and a little bit of a science. There are numerous factors that all effect the optimal ski length for you.
A few of the factors are:
The list could go on and on, but if you need help with the decision, always feel free to call us at 231.459.4323, live chat, or email us!