The 101: How to Buy Skis

hey guys drying regala here this is the

101 and today we are talking about one

of my favorite things skis buying your

first pair of skis can be a little

overwhelming there's a ton of different

types of skis out there and there's a

lot of reviews to get losting so it's

really easy to overthink it

let's save rented skis for a while and

you're finally ready to buy your first

pair here's a primer on how to do just


just like with any big gear purchase

it's really important to know what

you're getting before you pull the

trigger and the only way to do that with

skis is by skiing them yourself you can

watch for demo days at your local resort

where brands can bring in all their

latest models to the mountain for you to

try out or you can just demo a set from

a reputable shop most shops will even

knock the cost of the demo off the

purchase price if you end up buying them

ski shops will usually put this year's

model on sale at the end of the season

and spring the benefit of buying from a

ski shop is you're gonna get

professional advice that's tailored to

your specific needs

so wait it out until March or April if

you're looking to buy this season or you

can try sites like Evo calm or REI they

usually run a lot of late season deals

as well okay now for the fun part

what type of ski should you look for for

your first pair I recommend going with a

well-rounded all-mountain ski an all

Mountain ski is just what it sounds like

it's meant to be skied all over the

mountain and excel in a variety of


everything from groomers to deep powder

now it's not a specialist key so it

might not carve as well as a dedicated

frontside ski or float as well as a

dedicated powder ski but it's a

jack-of-all-trades and you're gonna get

the most use out of it and be able to

grow into it one important thing to

consider when you're buying your first

pair of skis is the length of the scheme

there's a lot of helpful size charts

online but in general when you stand the

ski up on its tail you want it to reach

between your chin and your forehead

more advanced skiers will opt for longer

skis because they're a little more

stable at speed and beginners will go

for a shorter ski because they're easier

to maneuver there are a few terms you're

probably gonna see you when you're

shopping for skis let's talk about those

the first is waist width the waist width

of a ski determines a couple things how

easy it is to transition that ski from

one edge to another and how well it's

gonna float and power now in general

wider skis are gonna be better in powder

and worse on groomers one hundred

millimeters underfoot is pretty much the

sweet spot for an all-mountain ski it's

gonna float decently well on powder and

still be a ton of fun all over the

rescue Mountain on groomers and hard

snow if you live on the East Coast or

somewhere that doesn't see as much snow

as the Rockies you may want to go with

something a little narrower underfoot

maybe 90 or 80 millimeters it really

depends on where you live and what type

of skin you want to do the most okay

the lack of a better term a skis rocker

profile which is something you'll see a

lot is basically which way the ski is

bent most all-mountain skis today

feature a mixture of rocker and camber

and have rocker tips and Tails and then

traditional camber underfoot fully

rockered skis are great in powder not so

great on a groomer and the opposite is

true for pulling cambered skis next side

cut side cut is basically just the

difference between the narrowest and

widest portion of the ski this is

important because it determines a skis

turn radius in general beginners usually

opt for ski with a shorter turn radius

because they're a little easier to


alright don't worry too much about those

turns and numbers bottom line is you

want an all-mountain ski 90 to 100

millimeters underfoot and pon where you

live a little bit of side cut and some

rocker so they're a little easier to

turn alright let me make this easy for

you my pick for a great all-around

all-mountain ski is the blizzard rustler

10 it's a really cool ski that works

well for just about everybody

I know beginners who use this ski and

love it I know ski racers who use this

ski and love it I know freeride guys

that also love this ski it just has a

really wide use case and tons of people

can have fun on this thing one neat

feature the Rustler 10 is that the waist

width varies depending upon the length

so these are 188 and they're 104

underfoot which is pretty much perfect

for an all-mountain western ski it has a

mix of tip and tail rocker with

traditional camber underfoot which means

it's really fun in soft snow but it's

still a ton of fun to carve a turn on a

groomer with these but the Russell's are

pretty forgiving and easy to ski overall

but the cool thing is they still hold

their own at speed and in variable snow

it's quite honestly my favorite ski I've

ever been on I've skied it in 3 feet of

powder I've skied it on icy groomers

tight trees moguls pretty much

everything and it's been fantastic in

all can

bottom line your first pair of skis

should be something that's relatively

easy to handle and it's gonna let you

have fun all over the mountain no matter

what the conditions are so my pick for

just about everybody these days is the

blizzard Rustler 10 I encourage you to

get on demo pair if you can but whatever

you do make sure you go with an all

Mountain ski and the 90 to 100

millimeter underfoot range and have fun

out there