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How should I choose the right type of downhill skis?

To choose skis that are best for you, it is important to first determine your skill level and type of snow you enjoy the most. If you are a beginner skier and prefer groomed runs, short parabolic skis may be the best choice. The size and shape allow for easier and faster turns on harder snow. Also, look for a stiff type of ski for groomed snow to allow for more control.

Intermediate skiers who enjoy going faster on groomed runs may prefer longer straight skis that are less flexible, which allow for greater speeds. However, intermediate skiers who prefer making their own grooves in fresh powder should choose a wider, more flexible ski.

If you are an expert skier and enjoy the joys of jumps, bumps, and backward takeoffs, a slightly parabolic, medium length, flexible ski with twin tips may be what you’re looking for. Twin-tipped skis allow for easier transitions from forward to backward for freestyle skiers. Expert skiers who like to go fast should choose longer and stiffer skis for speed. (This answer provided for NATA by the Saint Louis University Athletic Training Education Program.)

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