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How to choose the right ski blades

When making the decision to ski, it’s important to learn how to choose the right ski blades as this will determine whether your skiing experience will be awesome or problematic. It’s a known fact that skis don’t work the same for all skiers as each one has to get skis that are suited specifically for them based on their height, weight, and other preferences.

Here are 5 factors to consider when choosing your blades.

Your skiing background

The type of ski blades you choose will be heavily be influenced by your skiing background. Generally, people who have had some form of experience with roller blades will often prefer skiing with smaller ski blades. Whereas people with no skating background will often be more comfortable using larger ski blades.

Your height and weight

These particular factors are still the subject of debate as skiers are not in agreement whether a person’s height or weight will have any influence on the ski size they use. Many professional skiers however are of the opinion that if you choose a specific set of blades that are suited for your specific height and weight, you are likely to have a better skiing experience. Another school of thought however believes blades have no impact on a skier’s height or weight. To emphasize this point, is the fact that there are tall skiers who prefer short blades as well as short skiers who prefer long blades. It’s generally advisable for you to experiment with different blades so that you can identify your perfect fit.

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The type of snow you intend to ski on

The type of snow you are going to ski on will definitely have a direct impact on the blades you choose as it determines whether you will ski smoothly, experience imbalance or even get stuck. Generally, shorter blades are best suited for fresh corduroy snow and longer blades suited for carved crud snow.

The type of binding

Generally, there are two types of binding in ski blades, the release binding and the non-release binding. The former usually releases in case a skier falls and is best suited for beginners as it helps protect them from injuries during awkward falls. The later however does not release and is therefore suited for more experienced skiers who prefer to have more sturdiness.

Your own individual skiing style

The type of skiing you enjoy doing will also influence the type of blades you opt for. For instance, large blades will support more extreme skiing and tough mountain terrain as well as skiing tricks. Because of their length, they support more speed and provide a larger surface area for much smoother landings. On the other hand, smaller ski blades will best suite you if you prefer skiing on moderate slopes and slower speeds because their size limits speed and enhances maneuverability.

It’s ultimately advisable for you to test the blades out before determining which one will suit you best. Consider hiring out skiing gear while you are still a beginner to avoid spending money on blades that may ultimately not be the correct type for you.

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Blog4 - 4 types of skiing you can choose from Indoor skiing Skiing gear Skiing techniques 

4 types of skiing you can choose from

Skiing is not only a sport but also a fun activity that has grown in popularity over the years. The fact that it’s no longer just an outdoor activity and can be done indoors by both adults and kids has increased its popularity globally. Whether you’re doing indoor skiing or doing it outdoors, there are different types of skiing you can choose from. All will require different skiing gear and skiing techniques.

Here are 4 types you can choose from.

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#1 Waterskiing

Waterskiing has been a sport growing in popularity since its invention in 1922. Here, the skier is pulled behind a boat using a towline or a cable as they skim through the surface of the water at speeds of about 20 miles per hour. The sport requires excellent body control, muscular endurance, as well as lower and upper body strength. You also need to be a pretty good swimmer.

#2 Freestyle skiing

Freestyle skiing involves plenty of stunts and tricks, therefore, this is the thing for you if you’re inclination is on such things. Many people see it as unsafe therefore you must be fully aware what you are getting yourself into if you opt for this type of skiing. Initially, this was not considered as a sport but, today there are several athletes globally who are doing it professionally and competitively. The skier’s ability to perform the best tricks determines how they rank globally.

#2 Alpine Skiing

Just as the name suggests, the skier does the skiing on an alpine as they glide down downhill along a snow-covered hill or mountain. Here the skiers mostly use long skis. This type of skiing initially started as just a recreational activity but today it’s a sport activity that is done professionally including during the winter Olympics. This skiing is similar to cross-country skiing however with a few minor differences such as the type of terrain where each is done as well as the skiing gear used. The best alpine skiing resorts in the UK reside in Scotland and include the world famous Glenshee and Glencoe. If you are planning a skiing holiday in Scotland it is a good idea to get in touch with a luxury Scottish tour company.

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#3 Freestyle skiing

Freestyle skiing involves plenty of stunts and tricks therefore, this is the thing for you if you’re inclination is on such things. Many people see it as unsafe therefore you must be fully aware what you are getting yourself into if you opt for this type of skiing. Initially, this was not considered as a sport but, today there are several athletes globally who are doing it professionally and competitively. The skier’s ability to perform the best tricks determines how they rank globally.

 #4 Cross-country skiing

Cross-country skiing sometimes referred to as the Nordic skiing draws its origin in Norway where it simply started as a mode of transport. It was later transformed into a recreational activity and later into a sport which has become popular globally. As mentioned above, this type of skiing is done on a flat terrain.

Before deciding on what type of skiing will best suite you, it’s advisable to try them all. The beauty about indoor skiing is that it will enable you to try out all these types of skiing therefore by the time you decide to go do it outdoors you will definitely know where your passion lies.

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