What ski should I buy? Yep it’s probably the question we get asked more than any other… and rightly so! Having the perfect ski for the program and one that is right for you is important.
People often choose skis like they choose a race horse – by the colour! While this will always guarantee you have a cool looking ski it doesn’t mean that the ski is the right tool for the job or for you. For example a powder ski which is 130 underfoot with rocker won’t allow you to demonstrate the technical requirements for the CSIA Level 1 and 2 so this is not the ski to buy for the Instructor Program (however it might be a great option for a powder ski if you want to have second pair).
To determine the best ski for you we need know your ability, aggressiveness, weight and height. All skis have been designed to perform differently in various terrain. Feeling a little overwhelmed? Never fear! The team at YES are eager to help and we have selected the top 3 skis for both men and women for this season. They are all in the “all mountain” category and have a good size platform underfoot. They are the perfect happy medium in one ski! Great for the technical training and for those powder free ski days.
At the end of the day the best advice we can offer is to go demo a variety of skis, try different brands, different models, and different lengths within each model to find the one that works for you. When you find the right one, you’ll know! We reccommend Whistler Village Sports for all your ski and accessories needs, tell them you are with YES and they will hook you up with a great deal.
Without further ado… we present to you… YES Pros’ ski picks 2017!
FOR THE LADIES
Rossignol Temptation 84
The all-mountain benchmark for expert to advanced all-mountain skiers, the new TEMPTATION 84 HD blends the heart of a high-performance carving machine with a smooth, powerful freeride feel. The finely-tuned fusion of Rossignol’s patented Carbon Alloy Matrix, Air Tip, and Auto Turn Rocker technologies delivers high-definition precision with effortless versatility across all terrain and snow conditions. The entire mountain awaits – let Temptation rule.
Blizzard Black Pearl 88
THE BEST SELLING SKI IN THE COUNTRY, THE BLACK PEARL 88 IS ALL-NEW FOR 2017-18 FEATURING NEW SHAPES THAT MAKE THIS VERSATILE SKI EVEN MORE FUN ON ANY TERRAIN OR IN ANY CONDITIONS. At 88mm underfoot, and with a women’s specific construction – Carbon Flipcore W.S.D. – the Black Pearl 88 performs on groomers, in the trees, through bumps and in powder. Its lightweight construction, early rise tip and tail, and camber underfoot make this ski a go-to for ripping female skiers as well as those looking for the confidence to up their game. See for yourself the fun this ski dishes out on a daily basis.
Volkl Yumi 83
The new Yumi is completely re-designed with a wider, 84mm waist, creating an even more playful, easy handling ski. We have also updated it with Titanal Band construction, adding stability and smoothness without extra weight. It features tip and tail rocker, full sidewall construction, and moderate taper in the tip. The strength of the Yumi has always been the huge range of skiers’ abilities who could enjoy it, and the lively, yet stable feel on the front side blended with the float and maneuverability for an occasional off piste ramble make it yet another winner.
FOR THE GENTS
Rossignol Experience 84
The all-mountain benchmark for expert to advanced all-mountain skiers, the new EXPERIENCE 84 HD blends the heart of a high-performance carving machine with a smooth, powerful freeride feel. The finely-tuned fusion of Rossignol’s patented Carbon Alloy Matrix, Air Tip, and Auto Turn Rocker technologies delivers high-definition precision with effortless versatility across all terrain and snow conditions. The entire mountain awaits – experience more.
Blizzard Brahma 88
THE ALL-NEW BRAHMA IS THE GO-TO SKI ON DAYS WHEN COLD TEMPS AND DRY SPELLS MAKE FOR FIRM SNOW CONDITIONS. New sidecuts and rocker profiles make them easier to ski, while the proven Carbon Flipcore technology with two sheets of metal smooths the ride, grips hard snow and blasts through crud. At 88mm underfoot, the super versatile Brahma makes those tooth-rattling hard-snow days fun but also excels in variable snow conditions. You’ll be linking turns on this quick, responsive ski all season.
Salomon QST 85
QST 85 delivers fun and excitement with a wood core and basalt reinforcement for stability and confidence, shaped into an easy to turn all-terrain rocker shape that’s fun in every condition. Get ready to smile as you discover a new level of skiing.
- Waist width: Look for a medium-width waist to balance between hard-snow grip and soft-snow float. It also depends on conditions; 80-95mm is better for harder snow, 95-105mm will be better for soft or variable conditions, however this may be too wide to effectively perform the technical skills you need to pass the CSIA certifications.
- Sidecut/Turn radius: Your options will generally have a medium radius or multi-radius sidecut that makes it easier to carve a variety of turn shapes.
- Profile: Most modern all-mountain skis feature traditional camber and some form of rocker (usually early-rise tip and possibly some tail rocker), which gives you easier handling and turn initiation in variable conditions.
Enjoy the turns!