CHOOSING & TUNING YOUR SKIS

1°) How to choose your skis?

Whatever your level, beginner, advanced or expert, choosing the right skis is essential to have fun while ensuring your safety. It is therefore important to take into account your technical level, the desired use (piste, all mountain (mixed), freeride, freestyle, ...) and of course your morphology.

We therefore advise you to use the following skis according to your use:

  • Piste use :

- Spatula medium wide, short tip up, for more contact skiing on the snow.

- Skate narrow, very fast edge to edge changes for more precision .

- Talon trimmed, straight; allows restart at the end of the curve.

  • All Mountain use:

- Spatula wide enough, spatula raised, long enough, combined with a rocker to be more manageable.

- Skate medium width, stability at high speed, lift in all snow.

- Talon Slightly raised and rounded.all-snow tolerance - go from cut to skidding pipe.

  • Freeride use :

- Spatula wide, very long tilt, combined with a long rocker for more buoyancy and manoeuvrability

- Skate wide, very stable, maximum buoyancy on all types of snow.

- Talon high enough for easy handling.

  • Freestyle use:

- Spatula wide enough, with a short spatula rise for more stability.

- Skate medium width, all-terrain versatility.

- Talon double spatula for more manoeuvrability at the rear (switch)

2°) How to choose your ski poles?

The size:

1) Place the pole upside down and hold it under the washer, place it on the ground

2) Keep your arm at your side.

3) When the stick is at your waist, it should be at an angle close to 90°c.

Size table in centimetres

Your height Stick size
Less than 105 80
105 à 115 85
115 à 125 90
125 à 135 95
135 à 145 100
145 à 155 105
155 à 160 110
160 à 170 115
170 à 175 120
175 à 185 125
185 à 190 130
190 à 200 135
More than 200 140

The washers:

- Simple for classic skiing

- Wider for off-piste and ski touring

3°) How to adjust your ski bindings?

Well adjusted bindings are essential but physical preparation before going skiing is also important.

In case of an untimely release, sometimes as dangerous as the absence of a release, you must raise the adjustment of the heel piece (rear part of the binding) by one notch.

For more safety you can also test your bindings regularly as follows:

* With the knee slightly bent, rotate the foot by pushing hard (hooking the ski into the inner edge in the snow makes this test easy), the front stop must rotate releasing the foot without pain in the knee.

* With the knee slightly bent, project the leg backwards, the heel retainer must open.

Beware of old bindings, or skis that have made long trips on the car rack, the spring can get stuck! A worn boot sole (or a Vibram sole like those of ski touring boots) can also interfere with a good release.

Here are the tables to which you must refer (they correspond to the AFNOR FD S 52-748 standard of July 2000 (unfortunately this document is not accessible on line, the official document is even paying, to top it all off!) revised is corrected in 2006 by the ISO 11088 standard of 2006 which is also paying).

The AFNOR standard distinguished man and woman, the ISO standard (parity obliges?) does not make this distinction any more. It is nevertheless necessary to be aware that statistically knee accidents affect more women than men, so it will always be necessary to have a light hand to adjust the bindings of these ladies.

On the other hand, a correction must be made according to age and level of practice.

The table of sizes :

The first line of the following table corresponds to the length of the sole of the ski boot. If your weight and height are not on the same line, you must choose the highest line in the table.

weight in kg size in m. <=230 231-250 251-270 271-290 291-310 311-330 331-350 >350
10-13 0.75 0,75 0,75
14-17 1 0,75 0,75 0,75
18-21 1,5 1,25 1,25 1
22-25 2 1,75 1,5 1,5 1,25
26-30 2,5 2,25 2 1,75 1,5 1,5
31-35 3 2,75 2,5 2,25 2 1,75 1,75
36-41 3,5 3 2,75 2,5 2,25 2
42-48 <=1.48 3,5 3 3 2,75 2,5
49-57 1.49-1.57 4,5 4 3,5 3,5 3
58-66 1.58-1.66 5,5 5 4,5 4 3,5 3
67-78 1.67-1.78 6,5 6 5,5 5 4,5 4
76-94 1.79-1.94 7,5 7 6,5 6 5,5 5
>94 >1.94 8,5 8 7 6,5 6
10 9,5 8,5 8 7,5
11,5 11 10 9,5 9
12 11 10,5

If you come across an empty square in the table, take the closest number on the same line, except for skiers over 94 kg and over 1m94, in which case take the closest value in the size column.

This setting must be adjusted according to the skier's profile using the following table (+1 means to go up one line, -1 means to go down one line, 0 means to change nothing) :

Ski level <=10 years 11 to 49 years old >=50 years
Beginner, skier of blue and green slopes +1(mount) 0 +1(mount)
Intermediary 0 -1(down) 0
Fast, dynamic skier -1(down) -2(down) -1(down)

Of course, for skiing on engaged terrain (couloir, steep slope), it is out of the question to take off your boots, so you will adjust your bindings close to the maximum but remember to put back a normal setting once out of the difficulties.




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