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Dynastar Alpine Ski Legend X 84 Top
Recommended price £427.09
-57%
  • From From £181.69

In Dynastar's all-mountain range, the Legend X 84 is one of the most versatile model. Its 84mm waist delivers optimal support in all conditions whatsoever.

Sizes available
  • 163
  • 170
  • 177
Salomon Alpine Ski Qst Lux 92 TopSalomon Alpine Ski Qst Lux 92 Base
Recommended price £408.91
-49%
  • From From £204.50

With its outstanding versatility, the Salomon QST Lux 92 is definitely a women’s all mountain ski. It’s the perfect do-it-all quiver to ride the whole mountain.

Sizes available
  • 153
  • 169
Salomon Alpine Ski Qst 92 TopSalomon Alpine Ski Qst 92 Base
Recommended price £408.91
-49%
  • From From £204.50

The Salomon QST 92 is an ultra versatile all mountain ski, perfect for having fun and playing its way across the whole mountain.

Sizes available
  • 153
  • 161
  • 169
  • 177
  • 185
Dynastar Alpine Ski Legend X 96 Top
Recommended price £499.80
-49%
  • From From £254.40

The Dynastar LEGEND X 96 men’s ski is a mid-fat, freeride-oriented ski. It is playful and powerful so you can be sure to go for fun sessions whatever the terrain.

Sizes available
  • 165
  • 171
Black Crows Alpine Ski Vertis VI TopBlack Crows Alpine Ski Vertis VI Base
Recommended price £590.70
-40%
  • From From £354.38

With the Vertis VI ski from Black Crows, you’ve got an ultra-performant ski to carve all over the mountain with a handling that’s both nervous, stable and powerful on hardpack.

Sizes available
  • 175
  • 180
Black Crows Alpine Ski Atris TopBlack Crows Alpine Ski Atris Base
Recommended price £627.05
-40%
  • From From £372.56

The Atris is an emblematic Black Crows ski destined to freestyle backcountry and big mountain. It will make the happiness of fearless freeskiers in favourable snow conditions.

Sizes available
  • 178
  • 184
  • 189
Faction Alpine Ski Candide 2.0 TopFaction Alpine Ski Candide 2.0 Base
Recommended price £545.25
-60%
  • From From £218.05

The 2019 faction ski Candide 2.0 is a performant and hyper versatile freestyle ski, to send like Candide Thovex just as well on hard as on pow.

Sizes available
  • 158
  • 188

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Dynastar Alpine Ski Legend 88 Val D'isere TopDynastar Alpine Ski Legend 88 Val D'isere Base
Recommended price £499.80
-45%
  • From From £272.58

Here is the Dynastar LEGEND X 88! A men ski loaded with with titanium for epic sensations and performance. It is the most dynamic model of Dynastar's All-mountain range.

Sizes available
  • 166
  • 173
K2 Alpine Ski Poacher TopK2 Alpine Ski Poacher Base
Recommended price £454.36
-34%
  • From From £295.39

The Poacher is a K2 freestyle ski with a big potential on all terrains. Nimble, light and powerful, it is as good to ride in the park than in backcountry!

Sizes available
  • 177
Black Crows Alpine Ski Captis Birdie TopBlack Crows Alpine Ski Captis Birdie Base
Recommended price £454.36
-34%
  • From From £295.39

The Captis Birdie women ski by Black Crows is a versatile and well-balanced model with a great performance/accessibility ratio. Ideal to sharpen your Freeski skills on all terrains!

Sizes available
  • 149
  • 157
Black Crows Alpine Ski Camox TopBlack Crows Alpine Ski Camox Base
Recommended price £590.69
-40%
  • From From £354.38

The Camox is a freeride ski from Black Crows that’s incredibly versatile thanks to its medium volume, its profile and construction make it very tonic and manoeuvrable.

Sizes available
  • 168
  • 174
  • 180
  • 186
Black Crows Alpine Ski Junius TopBlack Crows Alpine Ski Junius Base
Recommended price £181.69
-30%
  • From From £127.16

The Black Crows Junius is a twin-tipped kids ski suited for freestyle-oriented skiers looking for a progressive and playful ski that’s easy to control and manoeuver.

Sizes available
  • 130
  • 140
  • 150
K2 Alpine Ski Thrilluvit 85 TopK2 Alpine Ski Thrilluvit 85 Base
Recommended price £363.47
-45%
  • From From £199.87

The women’s all-mountain ski K2 Thrilluvit 85 is an enjoyable ski mixing energy, easiness and versatility. It’s a perfect partner for exploring the entire resort.

Sizes available
  • 163
  • 170
Atomic Alpine Ski Backland 78 TopAtomic Alpine Ski Backland 78 Base
Recommended price £318.02
-37%
  • From From £199.87

The Atomic Backland 78 is a light touring ski that works wonders on the ascents. It grips well on hard snow and is very pleasant to ride at all times.

Sizes available
  • 163
  • 169
  • 175
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Scott Alpine Ski Suv TopScott Alpine Ski Suv Base
Recommended price £363.47
-40%
  • From From £218.05

The SUV is a versatile cheap Scott ski that is performant both on and off-piste. It is ideal to boost your level on all terrains and features a tip rocker for good buoyancy.

Sizes available
  • 155
  • 160
  • 165
  • 175
K2 Alpine Ski Wayback 84 TopK2 Alpine Ski Wayback 84 Base
Recommended price £363.47
-35%
  • From From £236.22

The Wayback 84 is a versatile touring ski designed by K2 for skiers who make no compromises. Skin your way up and ski your way down and have fun doing both!

Sizes available
  • 167
  • 174
K2 Alpine Ski Mindbender 85 Alliance TopK2 Alpine Ski Mindbender 85 Alliance Base
Recommended price £363.47
-35%
  • From From £236.22

The Mindbender 85 Alliance is a super nimble women K2 ski offering nice performances on all kinds of snows. Your first step towards freeride!

Sizes available
  • 156
  • 163
Scott Alpine Ski Slight 100 TopScott Alpine Ski Slight 100 Base
Recommended price £590.69
-55%
  • From From £263.49

The Scott Slight 100 is a versatile light ski designed to dial into powder at full speed. It can also be run for freetouring if needed and remains pleasant on-piste.

Sizes available
  • 168
  • 178
  • 188
Faction Alpine Ski Prodigy 2.0 TopFaction Alpine Ski Prodigy 2.0 Base
Recommended price £454.36
-34%
  • From From £299.85

The Faction Prodigy 2.0 is a freestyle ski with nice aptitudes on all types of snows. Whether it is on piste, off-piste or in the snowpark it is always tonic, nimble and playful!

Sizes available
  • 171
  • 177
  • 183
  • 189
Atomic Alpine Ski Vantage 90 Ti TopAtomic Alpine Ski Vantage 90 Ti Dessous
Recommended price £545.25
-35%
  • From From £354.38

The Atomic Vantage 90 Ti is an all-mountain ski made to venture everywhere in the resort. The front rocker helps you float on powder and the flat tail brings more stability on piste.

Sizes available
  • 161
  • 169
  • 176
  • 184
Armada Alpine Ski Kirti Top
Recommended price £136.24
-30%
  • From From £95.34

The Kirti is an Armada freestyle ski that’s ideal for young female riders with good technical skills who want to progress in freestyle, whether it is on piste or in the snowpark.

Sizes available
  • 110
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Faction Alpine Ski Prodigy 0.5X Jr TopFaction Alpine Ski Prodigy 0.5X Jr Base
Recommended price £299.85
-63%
  • From From £108.98

The Faction Prodigy 0.5 X Jr freestyle ski is an accessible twin-tip for young female skiers, from intermediate to advanced level, that allows to enjoy the whole resort.

Sizes available
  • 165
Volkl Alpine Ski Mantra Jr Top
Recommended price £208.96
-34%
  • From From £136.24

The Mantra Jr is a Völkl kids freeride ski destined to young guns with good technical skills. It is performant off-piste yet still nimble in short turns on piste!

Sizes available
  • 158
Nordica Alpine Ski Enforcer S Top
Recommended price £227.13
-40%
  • From From £136.24

The Nordica freeride kids ski Enforcer S is a safe bet for any young freeskier looking for powder performance and fun. Light ski with a responsive construction.

Sizes available
  • 150
Fischer Alpine Ski Ranger Fr Top
Recommended price £254.40
-35%
  • From From £163.51

The Ranger Fr ski from Fischer will make the happiness of teenagers in search of new sensations! Versatile, it feels as good to ride and reactive on piste than on powder!

Sizes available
  • 162
  • 172
Faction Alpine Ski Prodigy 1.0 TopFaction Alpine Ski Prodigy 1.0 Base
Recommended price £427.09
-59%
  • From From £172.60

The Faction freestyle ski Prodigy 1.0 is a good compromise between performance and accessibility, allowing intermediate skier to have fun while progressing.

Sizes available
  • 158
  • 187
Armada Alpine Ski Arw 84 OverviewArmada Alpine Ski Arw 84 Back
Recommended price £272.58
-34%
  • From From £177.24

The Armada ARW 84 is a playful women freestyle ski that’s ideal to start to practice and cut your teeth in freestyle! As easy to ski on piste than on the sides and in the snowpark.

Sizes available
  • 156
  • 163

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I) Know your equipment: technical specifications of a ski

1) The core

The core is the soul of the ski. It defines most of its skills and gives it its personality. There are two kinds of cores :

The composite core: a core made of injected foam. Featured on entry-level and recreational skis, the composite core brings the flexibility, the forgiveness and the lightweight needed for a smooth progression.

The woodcore : wood is a fine material that has been used forever in the ski industry. It ensures responsiveness, great energy transmissions and durability.

Cores are often reinforced with fibers. It can be fibreglass for its mechanic properties, or it can be basalt or aramid or even titanal, they increase stiffness of shock absorbtion without making the ski heavier.

2) The type of construction

The CAP construction

The core lies in a shell. It is the most inexpensive construction but also the most forgiving, this is why it is widely used for building entry-level skis. It is also quite common on wide skis. The construction softens up the strong cores used to make them.

The sandwich construction

It is the sign of quality. Several layers of materials selected for their mechanical properties are added up. It makes the ski more stable, it gives the ski more edge grip, but it also makes it more demanding.

The mini-cap sandwich construction

The in-between, it is the construction that can satisfy either technical skiers or skiers in progress. The idea is to have a cap construction through the tips which delivers a nice forgiving feel.

The ski excels at carving but also allows for runs at cruising speed.

3) With or without frame?

Skis with frames (or rails) offer a wide adjustment range for ski boots and keep you slightly above the ski which enhances control and manoeuverability. Flat skis, without frames, are more technical and provide a better contact feel with the terrain. Their flexibility is also improved.

4) Camber and rocker

The camber defines the profile of the ski and where it excels.

Traditional camber: energy transmissions from edge to edge are fast and precise. Best suited for skiing on piste or groomed snow, the ski grips hard and gives a nice kick out of turns.

Flat camber: Highly forgiving, the ski pivots effortlessly and delivers a nice edge control on piste. It is quite used on freestyle and backcountry skis offering playfulness.

Reverse camber: Excels on powder snow. It enhances the ski floatation and provides an intuitive pivot. Fat freeride skis often combine this profile with two rockered tips which brings manoeuverability to its best.

Rocker: the rocker was borrowed from snowboard. Designers were inspired by the board’s shapes and added to skis a progressive rise of the tip. It can be slightly raised on all-mountain skis or it can be quite important on fat freeride skis. The rocker has two goals. It enhances turn initiations and manoeuverability on one hand and increases floatation on deep powder on the other hand.

A rocker isn’t specific to the fore (shovel) but can also be used through the tail of the ski. It is called a dual rocker and it is generally featured on freestyle or backcountry skis where playfulness and control are very important.

5) Sidecuts and turning radius

Measurements of the ski are called sidecuts. Each measure gives you the widest/narrowest width in three essential points: tip, waist and tail. Example: A ski having the following sidecuts 121-76-111 features a tip width at 121mm, a waist width at 76mm and a tail width at 111mm.

The higher the difference is between waist and tips, the bigger the sidecuts will be. Sidecuts help define the ski category, its turning radius and how manoeuverable it is : a ski with a short turning radius (between 10 and 14 meters on an adult model) will be very intuitive and agile through short turns. A longer radius (from 18 to 22m) will increase the ski’ statbility but will reduce its agility. Long turns are easier to perform.

The turning radius varies according to the pressure applied on the ski, therefore, the figure given is not an exact value but it gives you an idea.

6) What width for what use ?

  • 65 - 75 mm: ski designed for piste-skiing
  • 75-85 mm: 70% piste - 30% soft snow
  • 85-95 mm: 50% piste - 50% soft snow
  • 95-110 mm: 40% piste - 60% soft snow
  • + 110 mm: 20% piste - 80% soft snow

II) Glisshop tips:

  • Try to assess your ski level
  • Get in touch with Glisshop staff to help you find the ski that best suits you
  • Don't overlook the maintenance of your ski gear

Now that you’ve got the basics, all that’s left to do is picking your new favourite brand. Black Crows, Amplid, Atomic, Black Diamond,Blizzard, Dynastar, Elan, Fischer, Head, Lib Tech, Movement, Nordica, Rossignol, Roxy, Salomon, Scott, Volkl, Zag, Faction, Armada, Line and K2 should be good starting points!