The art of buying new skis – Part 1

buying new skis

May 19, 2017

Buying new skis is a tricky process.

Okay, so it’s not as stressful as buying new boots, but if you get it wrong it’s still a massive pain in the butt.

Consider how the vast majority of people go about buying new skis…

1. Maybe they’ll read some ski reviews. Ski reviews that are usually written by very talented and experienced skiers.

2. Then they’ll go to a ski shop and ask the salesperson all about that shiny new ski rack. Said salesperson will ask questions like:

  • How long have you been skiing?
  • Where do you like to ski?
  • What terrain do you like to ski?
  • What’s your ability level?
  • Are you an aggressive skier?
  • Do you like moguls, short-turns, long turns or maybe big mountain skiing?

No doubt they’ll discuss things like radius, side-cut, flex patterns, shovel and tail width. You might even touch on the dreaded torsional stiffness! Colour and design is often a conversation point as is loyalty to a favourite brand. And fair enough – we all want to look the part and loyalty is admirable.

buying new skis

3. Some people will chat at length to a friend who has a pair of skis he or she hasn’t stopped raving about. Decision made.

4. And don’t even try to pretend you never checked eBay. We all know there are some killer deals out there on 3 and 4-year old skis that have only been used “once”.

The secret to buying new skis

What if someone could guarantee you the perfect pair of skis for you. The right length, shape and ability level to match exactly what you need. Exactly what you need now and something that will assist you in progressing to the next level. What if you could try that ski then compare it to something else. Then something else. And something else. Over a day, two days, four days, a week – for as long as it takes and for FREE.

What if you could get valuable feedback and insights from highly experienced ski instructors as to how that ski was performing for you. Feedback based on video analysis and expertise. Not feedback based on assumptions and guess-work.

And last but not least… what if you could get that ski for FREE.

At Ski Aspen, this is what we do.

Stay tuned for The art of buying skis – Part 2.