Choosing Snowboard or Skis

Choosing Snowboard or Skis

Just like most sports, winter sports require specialized equipment. And not just that; if you fail to choose a proper ball for an amateur football game, most probably the worst that will happen is you will lose some gameplay satisfaction. Winter sports, however, demand for stricter awareness simply because of the dangers involved. Since having the wrong kind of equipment can result in you not being in control and having an accident, and advice of an expert is not always available during the process of purchasing your equipment, here are some noteworthy aspects to bear in mind:

Skiing

Consider the length. There is a lot that needs to come into consideration when choosing your ski length, and one of the most important factors, naturally, is your height. A rule of thumb for this one is for your skis to reach up to your chin or forehead. This will allow you to have flexibility in how you want to utilize them and make it easier to control them.

You can also consider what you want to achieve with them. Shorter skis will help you ski slower and make shorter turns, they usually do not have any rocker, just camber. In general, shorter is better for beginners as well as those who do not feel fully comfortable on a snowy mountain. Longer skis are more suitable for those who feel ready to experiment on the snow and test their skills. The speed that a skier can develop with long skis is significantly faster, they also are more susceptible to sharp and aggressive turns. However, one must keep in mind that if he or she does not feel fully prepared to handle speed and precision while skiing, it is better to stay away from extremely long skis.

Bear in mind what you will use your skis for. If the skis are used for racing or jumping, they will naturally be longer because the skier needs to gain more speed than let’s say when they are skiing in backcountry.

Snowboarding

There are 5 main types of snowboards. Each have unique characteristics and you should choose them based on your physical characteristics, skills, expectations, and, of course, the type of snowboarding you practice:

  • all-mountain (pretty universal, good for beginners)
  • freestyle (mostly used in terrain parks)
  • freeride (used for snowboarding not on groomed runs)
  • powder (created to make use of fresh snow)
  • splitboards (best for backcountry).

There is also the variation of sintered vs extruded base. Because of the different production methods, extruded ones do not hold wax as well as tend to be slower whereas sintered ones hold wax very well and are designed to reach top speeds.

Also, women’s and kid’s categories are worth considering for those to whom it would be relevant. Due to different body mass of men and women of the same height, women’s snowboards have different characteristics and are adapted to meet all snowboarder’s needs. Kids snowboards are known to be softer, which makes it easier for them to learn proper techniques and progress faster. If you want your child to learn more successfully, consider a suitable snowboard and not one he or she can grow into!