How to choose your freeride ski size

Do you want to invest in a pair of freeride skis? The size of the skis is an important criterion to take into account when making your purchase.
Not too tall or too short and wide enough for your practice, we give you all our advice to choose your freeride skis.

Freeride skiing or off-piste skiing is about finding the sensation of skiing in untouched spaces with a taste for freedom. Far from the modernized constraints imposed on the slopes, the freerider becomes free to choose his own constraints to evolve according to the slope and the natural environment which is offered to him. 
To take advantage of this, choose skis that are adapted for you. Discover our tips for maximum pleasure.

Freeride ski specifications

Width of the skates of the freeride skis:
Freeride skis are equipped with wide runners between 95 and 140 mm wide under the boot to take off on powdery or packed snow. The grip and stability of the ski varies according to the width of the skate. It is important to choose the width according to the type of skiing you plan to do, whether it is in deep powder or on hard snow. The narrower the waist, the stronger the grip in hard snow. The wider the waist, the more comfortable and stable in different snow conditions

Ski camber :
This is the natural camber of the ski without weight on it. This is the entire shape of the ski, the camber of the ski is observed when it is laid flat on the snow. The more space there is between the middle of the ski and the ground, the higher the camber. The camber provides greater grip in hard snow because the foot exerts significant pressure. There are 3 types of camber. With an inverted camber, only the part under the foot is in contact with the snow, ideal in powder with wide skis and large skis for good buoyancy and lift. The classic camber provides good grip in hard snow. The flat camber is less used for this practice.

Les rockers des skis freeride :
With generous rockers and a flat tail, these skis pivot more in all types of terrain and snow with better cushioning of terrain variations. The rocker is literally the progressive unwinding of the tip, the inversion of the profile on the top of the ski before the tip. The tip is the last part that rises for a normal ski. With a rocker ski laid flat, the front end rises earlier than on a normal ski. Also, the rockers make it easier to get your skis out of the snow and pivot in powder.


What is the ideal size for a freeride ski?

The choice for skis is based on 3 criteria: the morphology, the level of skiing, the style of practice sought.
Find all the information you need to choose the right size of freeride skis!

Which ski length should i choose according to my body type?

In order to keep good stability in powder snow, even at high speed, the basic principle is to choose a relatively large freeride ski. Count on a ski size between +5 and +20 cm compared to your height. The choice of ski height depends on the intensity and frequency of practice.
Depending on the width at the skid, less than 110mm or more than 110mm, there are two types of freeride skis:

- Less than 110mm: These are versatile freeride skis that allow you to ski in powder and on the slopes. We recommend a ski that is 5 to 10 cm larger than its size.

- 110 mm on the waist : They are the ultimate freeride skis, conceived and designed to get out of the marked ski areas and to enjoy 100% speed, floatation and to hurtle down the powder fields. For a good load-bearing capacity, a tall ski with +10 to +20cm in relation to its height is preferred.

Choosing the size of ski in accordance with your ski level

A beginner will take a ski that is shorter than his height (remove 5 to 10cm) to make it easier to handle the ski.
A skier who does occasional freeride skiing will benefit from choosing a versatile model to express himself on the slopes or in the ski area. He will take a ski size that is only slightly larger than his height by about +5cm to +10cm. 
The more experienced you are, the bigger the ski you can go for in relation to your height, +10 to +20cm approximately to keep stability and flotation at any speed.

Style of skiing required

Choosing a freeride ski also depends on your approach to off-piste skiing. This depends on whether you are a touring or powder skier or a seasoned steep skier 
Between your height and +5 cm, your skis will be manageable in most situations, but forget about timed descents. This would correspond to beginner, intermediate skiers, you can manage off-piste, but you don't yet handle all types of snow (fresh, trafficked, crusty, tracked). 
If your approach is more focused on big slopes and speed, you can aim for +20 cm above your waist. A long ski is recommended for the expert skier, able to ski down couloirs, combes and steep slopes in all types of snow. With this approach, the focus is on stability at high speeds.


The little extras for great freeride skiing

The larger the ski the more stable it is at high speed. It will also perform better in deep snow but will be more difficult to handle.

The smaller the ski, the easier it will be to ski, but it will not hold up as well at high speeds and the balance will be more precarious in deep snow.

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