Alpinstore This ensures that you have the right choice of ski equipment. Indeed, winter sports are becoming more and more popular and we felt it was necessary to have a wide range of products to best meet your demands. In order to help you in your navigation, we have decided t...
Alpinstore This ensures that you have the right choice of ski equipment. Indeed, winter sports are becoming more and more popular and we felt it was necessary to have a wide range of products to best meet your demands. In order to help you in your navigation, we have decided to divide our offer into several categories: ski packs, bare skis, bindings, boots, poles ...
We have chosen to offer you a wide range of pairs of nude skis to leave you the choice to put the fastener you want on it, or to fix the pair of fasteners you already have in stock. At Alpinstore, you will find skis suitable for men, women and children, whether for on-piste, all-mountain, freeride or freestyle. But which ski to take and for which practice?
- The heel : It is the lower part of the ski, which is at the back of the binding. It is shaped differently depending on your practice. For the piste, the heel is cut straight and the closer you get to a freeride practice, the more the heel is raised for better handling.
- The skate The width of the ski at the arch of your foot. The narrower the skate, the better the maneuverability. On piste, the skate is rather thin but the closer you get to freeride, the wider the skate is for excellent stability and floatability.
- The spatula The rocker: this is the upper part of the ski, which is at the front of the binding. This one is different according to the discipline because it will be more or less wide, or more or less long. Indeed, for on-piste practice, the tip is moderately wide and not very raised, but the closer you get to freeride, the wider and higher the tip is for better handling and stability.
- The edges The grey/metallic part on each side of your ski. These allow you to make turns and carve curves. The more your ski will be inclined on your edge, the faster you will turn. Over the long term, they require regular sharpening to maintain this grip.
- The sole The ski area: this is the (often black) part of your ski, which is placed on the snow. It allows you to slide down the slopes. The flatter your ski will be, the faster you will go.
You are a lover of beautiful curves on groomed slopes, but you don't know which pair of skis to choose? We tell you more ...
Skiing on piste is for everyone, regardless of level. Whether you are a beginner or an expert, the pairs of skis are adapted to your level. To have a better handling, the width of your ski should be rather thin. The thinner the skate (width of the ski), the shorter the turns can be with a fast edge to edge passage. The length is chosen according to your height but is normally smaller than you.
The camber of the ski must be classic, i.e. the ends of the ski are in perfect contact with the snow. The rocker must be placed at the level of the spatula to facilitate the turn entry.
If you like fresh snow but also like to practice on slopes, you need a pair of all-mountain skis. This one will make you an efficient skier whatever the terrain. Playful on groomed terrain but pleasant on off-piste, all mountain skiing will delight women and men who love to have fun.
All mountain skiing is therefore aimed at those who ski on all types of terrain and who already have an intermediate/confirmed level. The perfect pair of skis for this practice is a ski with a medium width skate (75mm minimum) and a fairly wide tip, with a long front lift.
Concerning the rocker, it is ideally placed if it is only in spatula or both levels, whether it is spatula and heel. The latter will allow a good grip and good flotation.
Freeride, which is a discipline increasingly practiced in our mountain, requires an adapted pair of skis. Indeed, if you like to have fun in couloirs or on fresh snow slopes, opt for a good pair of freeride skis.
The freeride ski comes with a heel and spatula raised enough for better handling. The skate is wide to very wide (85mm minimum) for maximum buoyancy during your descents.
The camber must be reversed so that the point of contact with the snow is at the centre of the ski. The rocker in spatula and heel is ideal to please you.
If you are a big fan of freestyle parks and want to have the right pair of skis, then follow our advice.
Freestyle skiing The skate has a fairly wide tip with a short tip up for better stability. In this discipline, the double-spatulas (ski raised at the front and at the back) is inevitable, essentially to have an excellent maneuverability when the skier runs backwards.
You now know everything about downhill skiing and you have all the knowledge you need to choose your pair of skis so all schuss!