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A Buying Guide For Snowboards And Skis

When you are a beginner, investing in your first set of skis or a snowboard can be a daunting task. The varieties in makes and styles to choose from can be a bit overwhelming.

You could go with a choice based on the look of the product alone, however that could prove to be a waste of your money. A choice based on aesthetics alone could lead to an investment into a product that is all wrong for your skill level and style. A choice that might result in you ending up head first in the snow instead of leaving onlookers with a dazzling display of your skills.

Here are a few tips for helping you choose the perfect snowboard or pair of skis.

Decide on your skill level
The need for a beginner is a lot different to someone who is at an intermediate or an advanced level. Every product has design features that will best suit your needs. For example, a snowboard made for beginners will have a rocker or raised sides (contact points) to reduce the risk of catching an edge.

Skis are no different, and are made to suit different skill levels. Furthermore, skis are specifically made for men and women. Even expert level female skiers will choose to buy skis specially made for women that match their skills on the slopes.

What is your riding style
There are various riding styles for a snowboarder. Are you an all-mountain rider, a freestyle or freeride snowboarder? Your style of riding will significantly determine the type of board you buy. Also, for skis, there are nine different types to choose from that are specifically designed with riding styles in mind.

Preferred construction and flex
There are two types of construction for snowboards to choose from: capped and sidewall construction. The popular choice of the two is the sidewall construction which gives a quicker performance.

For skis, the choice to make would be regarding the flex of the ski. There are numerous variations from very soft for kids and beginners to very stiff for advanced skiers who are more aggressive in style.

Once you have made the decision based on your skill level, riding style, and the construction or flex you prefer the next big decision to make is that of your budget. Snowboards and skis are big investments as they don't come cheap.

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