Types of Downhill Skis

In Steamboat Springs—and throughout the Rockies—skiing is not just a sport; it’s a lifestyle. But, if you’re new to it and you don’t know much about hitting the slopes, then it’s helpful to get a crash course in the necessary equipment so that you are better prepared when you book your ski equipment rental or purchase your first set of your own skis. Downhill skis can be divided into four basic categories. The biggest differences between them are the width at the waist and the width at the tip, or shovel. These variations will have an impact on how the skis handle in various terrain, so to select the right downhill skis, you’ll want to think about where you’ll be doing most of your skiing.


All-Mountain Skis

All-mountain skis have a narrow waist and deep side cuts to promote finely tuned handling on groomed trails. They’ll be ideal in heavily-trafficked ski resorts, where the runs are groomed and hard packed from heavy use.


All-Mountain Wide Skis

If you want to add a little versatility to your skis while still achieving precision turns and agility in on groomed ski runs, all-mountain wide skis are a great choice. With a wider waist and more severe tapering from the shovel to the waist, these skis offer more float on fresh powder but will not let you down on hard-packed snow.  


Powder Skis

If you live to chase fresh powder and make first lines, then powder skis might be the best fit. Also called super fats, these have the widest waist and a rocketed profile to let you surf on deep powder snow. They can occasionally be used on groomed snow, but they aren’t built for precise turns and agility.


Backcountry Skis

Backcountry skis are not for beginners. These are designed for untracked wilderness and powder snow. Backcountry widths may vary, and they can be combined with different bindings for various conditions.


Fleischer Sport, LLC can help you find the perfect skis with convenient rentals right at the base of the gondola in Steamboat Springs, CO. They have a wide selection of professional equipment with clothing and accessories to pair with your ski rentals. To learn more or to book your rental today, call (970) 870-0900.