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beginner skis vs intermediate

post #1 of 7
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Just wondering what is the difference between skis that are considered for beginners and those for advanced levels.  Is it the softness of the ski or is it something else.

 

When I was looking for a ski for myself I demo several brands and found they all handled differently and narrowed my search to the one that suited me best.  I am an intermediate skier but was wondering is it the same for someone who is considered beginner.  I know beginners will probably be looking for a 80/20 (groomed/ungrmd) but what would happen if they went to a 60/40 or 50/50 ski?  

 

thanks

 

post #2 of 7

The main difference is torsional rigidity (ie resistance to twist).  Expert skis are torsioinally very stiff, beginer skis are very soft...intermediate is in the middle.

 

By being more torsionally rigid the skis hold better on edge and are quicker  to get onto edge hence better performance.   

 

By being torsionally softer the skis are less "hooky" and offer slow progressive ride and are said to be "forgiving".

post #3 of 7

The main difference is torsional rigidity (ie resistance to twist).  Expert skis are torsioinally very stiff, beginer skis are very soft...intermediate is in the middle.

 

By being more torsionally rigid the skis hold better on edge and are quicker  to get onto edge hence better performance.   

 

By being torsionally softer the skis are less "hooky" and offer slow progressive ride and are said to be "forgiving".

post #4 of 7

The main difference is torsional rigidity (ie resistance to twist).  Expert skis are torsioinally very stiff, beginer skis are very soft...intermediate is in the middle.

 

By being more torsionally rigid the skis hold better on edge and are quicker  to get onto edge hence better performance.   

 

By being torsionally softer the skis are less "hooky" and offer slow progressive ride and are said to be "forgiving".

post #5 of 7

The difference is also in the workmanship, say in where the base and edges meet up and the base of the skis, etc. Entry-level skis generally have much more pronounced concavity and convexity and have next to no structure in the base (especially jr models).

 

The on/off piste ratio has little to do with the performance level of the skis. Race ski are considered for experts and they are definitely closer to 100/0.

post #6 of 7
Thread Starter 

thanks for the info

post #7 of 7

Expert skis are what skiers can buy to improve or enjoy skiing more once they have the hang of it.

Intermediate skis are what beginners could buy to learn how to ski.

Beginner skis are a complete waste.

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