Soft Flex. Minimal Exertion. Skis for Six Different Scenarios.
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Ski manufacturers have never designed a ski for senior skiers. With about one million on the slopes, there’s enough of us to justify the investment.
But don’t hold your breath.
There is a breakthrough this season. For the first time, an in-depth evaluation of the best skis for older skiers is available. This is good news since choosing a new pair of skis, regardless of age and ability, has never been easy, and the abundance of brands and models is always confusing.
The evaluation is the result of collaboration between SeniorsSkiing.com and realskiers.com, the go-to site for in-depth ski equipment evaluations. The free list is available to all SeniorsSkiing.com subscribers.
Of the many 2017 skis tested, 38 were identified as suitable for senior skiers. Most have relatively soft flex, allowing the sidecut to engage with minimal exertion. The result is ease of turning and forgiveness, which, regardless of physical condition, reduces stamina loss.
In other words, using these skis, it’s easier to ski more runs and have more fun!
Working with testers from around the country, realskiers.com has been reviewing ski equipment for many years. The results are gathered each spring and published in September, where abbreviated reviews are available free and in-depth information comes with a modest, paid annual subscription.
The recommended skis are grouped into six categories, each based on skiing preference, location, and snow conditions. They are:
Frontside (aka “Carving” skis)
- These skis encompass the broadest range of skier abilities from entry-level to experienced and are for general use on groomed terrain. Wider models are usable off-trail.
- Skis that are extremely versatile and for general use on groomed terrain. They also work off-trail.
- This category is suitable for those who have not skied in a few years.
- These are good for use in the West by high performance skiers and are good both for groomed trails and for powder.
- Skis for use on big mountains with selections for strong and for less strong skiers.
- Specialty skis for use in deep powder.
- These have high performance race ski characteristics and are suitable for carving turns on hard-snow.
While many consider skis to be unisex, some women prefer skis with weight and flex more suitable to their size and physique. The list identifies women’s skis, as well.
When selecting skis…
- Identify the most suitable category.
- Work with a quality ski shop.
- If possible, demo selections to compare before purchasing.
To Access the List
SeniorsSkiing.com subscribers were emailed a link to the list. The email was sent on October 14, 2016. Check your inbox or spam folder.
If you have not yet subscribed, click on this link and sign up using the subscription form in the right column or the pop-up which will appear on the page. After confirming your subscription, you will receive and email with a link to the list of senior ski recommendations. And, as a new subscriber, you will have access to discounts and deals on gear and clothing from top brands, and a lot of info relevant to the older snow sports enthusiast!