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BT On Skis
There is no such thing as enough snow! Winter is where the fun starts. From bottomless powder runs, racing the slopes with your mates or getting that freestyle…
Everything you need to know before buying ski boots
Most skiers have a horror story about ski boots they've rented or bought - It doesn't have to be that way. Don't suffer any more in ski boots which aren't right for you. Read through our guide to make sure you get the right size, flex and fit.
What stiffness you need to look for in ski boots
A term you frequently hear associated with ski boots is stiffness. What does this mean? The stiffness of the boot is how much resistance there is to you bending your knees over your toes. The least resistance is more comfortable to turn and learn where the stiffest boots are the highest performance with more resistance. The scale is either 60-120 flex by some manufacturers and 1-10 by Full Tilt Ski Boots.
What is your skiing level and style to choose the right ski boots?
Once you have determined the right size and width for your ski boots, have a look for a boot which is the right level for you and your riding. Beginner ski boots are softer and forgiving. This means that it is easier to bend your knees over your toes, which is essential when learning how to turn your skis. They are also more forgiving for when you make mistakes as there isn’t as much of a jarring shock on your shins when you make a mistake or fall.
Everthing you need to know about ski boot features
Most skiers have a horror story about ski boots they've rented or bought - It doesn't have to be that way. Don't suffer any more in ski boots which aren't right for you. Read through our guide to make sure you get the right size, flex and fit. A walk mode makes everything a little easier. Walking from your car to the lift, hiking a little up to the peak for some untouched powder and of course, ski touring!
Ski technology: What is important?
The sidecut defines how your skis turn on the snow. A longer sidecut radius (larger than 19) makes wider turns which are better for going fast with long carves. A shorter radius (smaller than 19 m) makes smaller turns which are easier to handle and more agile. At Blue Tomato we divide out ski bases into three categories: Sintered, extruded and premium. An extruded base is typically the cheapest, but the lowest maintenance.
Things you need to know about ski poles
Last but not least - to ski you need poles. You have a straightforward decision - if you want a fixed length or adjustable pole. To find your length of ski pole, multiply your height by 0.7. Fixed length poles are easy to understand, find your length and you’re good to go. They are usually made from aluminium which is light, strong and durable. If you fall and bend them, you can simply bend them back!
Where to mount my ski bindings?
We strongly suggest the 'recommended' position for when you mount your skis. This is where the ski has been designed and tested to ride the best. A recommended position on a freeride ski will work best for skiing powder, a recommended position on a freestyle ski will help you in the park and the recommended point on an all-mountain ski will ride everywhere comfortably. The recommended line is clearly marked on every ski which we sell with a line or an arrow.
Which length skis should I choose?
A beginner will benefit from a shorter ski – up to the chin, these are easier to turn and more fun to learn on. An all-mountain ski should be between your brow and chin in length, this means you have a little more stability for going fast. Freestyle skis like all-mountain should be between your chin and brow. Go longer if you want to go bigger off kickers, shorter if you want to spin onto rails and boxes.
Which freeskis are best for my riding level?
How long you have spent in the mountains and how comfortable you are on your skis determines your level. Be honest with yourself. If you choose the right skis for your level, then your progression will be faster and much more fun.
How wide should my ski be?
The shape of the ski plays a massive part in how it performs. If you are riding 100% in the park, freeriding or riding fast on-piste, there is a shape for you. The third aspect to design which has a considerable bearing of performance is the width of your skis. It's measured at the "waist" of the ski, hence the name: waist width.
Our 23/24 Freeski Product Favourites
Freeride skis are constructed with a broader base and lightweight construction. Their profile is designed to support you in deep powder, while the shape provides edge hold and stability at high speeds. Here are our top recommendations for 2023/2024 freeride skis.
Freeski Buyer's Guide
Mit den passenden Freeski fährst du nicht nur sicherer, sondern es macht auch doppelt so viel Spaß! Damit du DEINE perfekten Ski findest haben wir den Freeski Buyer's Guide entwickelt. Auf Basis deines Riding Style und Riding Level kannst du ganz einfach herausfinden welche Ski am besten zu dir passen. Also los gehts! Dich trennen nur wenige Klicks von deinen perfekten Ski und einem Traumtag am Berg!