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Scott Alpine Ski Srv TopScott Alpine Ski Srv Base EXTRA 15% OFF
Recommended price £358.31
-50%
  • From From £179.11

The Scoot SRV is a not-too-pricy ski designed for all-mountain skiers. It delivers strong grip on the hardpack and good precision. It is not too exhausting thanks to its intermediate flex.

Sizes available
  • 157
  • 167
Rossignol Alpine Ski Smash 7 Overview EXTRA 15% OFF
Recommended price £322.47
-44%
  • From From £179.11
Sizes available
  • 140
  • 150
  • 160
  • 170
Salomon Alpine Ski Qst Lux 92 TopSalomon Alpine Ski Qst Lux 92 Base EXTRA 15% OFF
Recommended price £403.11
-49%
  • From From £201.60

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
Scott Alpine Ski Slight 100 TopScott Alpine Ski Slight 100 Base
Recommended price £582.31
-55%
  • From From £259.75

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
Elan Alpine Ski Wingman 82 Prototype OverviewElan Alpine Ski Wingman 82 Prototype Base EXTRA 15% OFF
Recommended price £447.91
-38%
  • From From £277.67

The Wingman 82 Prototype model from Elan is a men's all-mountain ski that performs without any problem between the slopes and the edges of the piste, whilst maintaining a high level of performance at all times. 


   

Sizes available
  • 178
Black Crows Alpine Ski CD Vertis VI Da*** TopBlack Crows Alpine Ski CD Vertis VI Da*** Base
Recommended price £582.31
-50%
  • From From £291.11
Sizes available
  • 175
  • 180
Rossignol Alpine Ski Sky 7 Hd Top EXTRA 15% OFF
Recommended price £475.00
-37%
  • From From £296.00

The Sky 7 HD men freeride ski by Rossignol is the ultimate versatile weapon! No matter the terrain or conditions, riding it is a true delight.

Sizes available
  • 164
  • 172
  • 180
  • 188
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Line Alpine Ski Pandora 84 TopLine Alpine Ski Pandora 84 Base EXTRA 15% OFF
Recommended price £358.31
-5%
  • From From £340.39

The Pandora 84 is the narrowest all-mountain ski offered by Line. It provides an excellent grip on hard snow and gives the option to enjoy fresh snow on the side of the pistes.

Sizes available
  • 151
  • 158
  • 165
Black Crows Alpine Ski Vertis VI TopBlack Crows Alpine Ski Vertis VI Base
Recommended price £582.31
-40%
  • From From £349.36

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
Salomon Alpine Ski Qst 92 TopSalomon Alpine Ski Qst 92 Base EXTRA 15% OFF
Recommended price £403.11
-5%
  • From From £380.80

The Salomon QST 92 all-mountain men's ski is fun across the entire ski resort thanks to its enormous versatility. An extremely agile ski, which is excellent for everyday use.

Sizes available
  • 153
  • 161
  • 169
  • 177
  • 185
K2 Alpine Ski Reckoner 102 TopK2 Alpine Ski Reckoner 102 Back EXTRA 15% OFF
Recommended price £447.91
-5%
  • From From £425.51

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Sizes available
  • 163
  • 170
  • 177
  • 184
Faction Alpine Ski Prodigy 2.0 TopFaction Alpine Ski Prodigy 2.0 Base EXTRA 15% OFF
Recommended price £447.91
-4%
  • From From £425.60

With the versatile freestyle ski Prodigy 2.0 developed by the Swiss brand Faction, freeskiers who like to alternate between sessions at the snow park and runs in the powder will find satisfaction!

Sizes available
  • 165
  • 171
  • 177
  • 183
  • 189
Black Crows Alpine Ski Captis TopBlack Crows Alpine Ski Captis Base
  • From From £447.91

The Captis from Black Crows is a ski able to evolve in a large variety of snow conditions, offering lots of reactivity, playability and Manoeuvrability. 

Sizes available
  • 171
  • 178
  • 184
Black Crows Alpine Ski Captis Birdie TopBlack Crows Alpine Ski Captis Birdie Base
  • From From £447.91

The Captis Birdie from Black Crows is an ultra-versatile women's ski that follows you throughout the skiing area and in a wide range of snow conditions with as always, lots of manoeuvrability and dynamism. 

Sizes available
  • 149
  • 157
  • 164
  • 171
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Faction Alpine Ski Candide 2.0 OverviewFaction Alpine Ski Candide 2.0 Back Poles offered EXTRA 15% OFF
Recommended price £537.51
-5%
  • From From £510.63

A must when it comes to all-mountain freestyle, the Faction Candide 2.0 ski developed by master Thovex offers the ultimate recipe for making waves in a variety of snow conditions.

Sizes available
  • 166
  • 173
  • 178
  • 183
  • 188
Black Crows Alpine Ski Camox TopBlack Crows Alpine Ski Camox Base
  • From From £582.31

The Camox from the French brand Black Crows is a freeride ski offering great performance on all terrains and stability at high speed, while maintaining maneuverability and comfort. 

Sizes available
  • 168
  • 174
  • 180
  • 186
Scott Alpine Ski Suv TopScott Alpine Ski Suv Base EXTRA 15% OFF
Recommended price £358.31
-50%
  • From From £179.11

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
Dynastar Alpine Ski Legend W 84 Top EXTRA 15% OFF
Recommended price £421.03
-53%
  • From From £197.03

This Dynastar women's ski Legend 84 W can perform anywhere, no matter the terrain or the type of snow. It is super comfortable to ride and delivers fun on fresh powder.

Sizes available
  • 149
  • 177
Rossignol Alpine Ski Hero Athlete Multievent Open Overview EXTRA 15% OFF
Recommended price £223.91
-5%
  • From From £210.56

The Rossignol Hero Athlete Multievent Open children's ski allows a young athlete to continue to progress to a higher technical level with a high-performance model.

Sizes available
  • 127
  • 134
  • 141
  • 148
Dynastar Alpine Ski Legend X 96 Top EXTRA 15% OFF
Recommended price £492.71
-49%
  • From From £250.79

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
  • 171
Armada Alpine Ski Arv 84 TopArmada Alpine Ski Arv 84 Base EXTRA 15% OFF
Recommended price £268.71
-5%
  • From From £255.27

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Sizes available
  • 156
  • 163
  • 170
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Dynastar Alpine Ski Menace 90 Top EXTRA 15% OFF
Recommended price £268.71
-5%
  • From From £255.27

The Dynastar Menace 90 is a forgiving and versatile ski that will be ideal to venture all terrains with its incredible handling. A very-effective twin-tip indeed!

Sizes available
  • 170
  • 180
Armada Alpine Ski Arw 84 TopArmada Alpine Ski Arw 84 Base EXTRA 15% OFF
Recommended price £268.71
-4%
  • From From £255.36

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Sizes available
  • 156
  • 163
Faction Alpine Ski Prodigy 1.0 TopFaction Alpine Ski Prodigy 1.0 Base EXTRA 15% OFF
Recommended price £403.11
-35%
  • From From £259.75

The Prodigy 1.0 freestyle ski by Faction is playful and tonic no matter the terrain. It’s the ideal model to try your hand at freeski and sharpen your skills in all the resort.

Sizes available
  • 164
  • 170
  • 176
  • 181
  • 187
Dynastar Alpine Ski Legend 88 Val D'isere TopDynastar Alpine Ski Legend 88 Val D'isere Base EXTRA 15% OFF
Recommended price £492.71
-41%
  • From From £286.63

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
Line Alpine Ski Supernatural 86 TopLine Alpine Ski Supernatural 86 Dessous EXTRA 15% OFF
Recommended price £447.91
-34%
  • From From £291.20

The Supernatural 86 is a Line ski that’s manoeuvrable, grippy and responsive on piste but also playful and nimble on the powder on the sides. Great fun all-around!

Sizes available
  • 165
  • 172
  • 179
Rossignol Alpine Ski Sky 7 Hd W Top EXTRA 15% OFF
Recommended price £465.83
-34%
  • From From £304.55

The Sky 7 HD W women freeride ski by Rossignol is the stick you need to explore every side of the mountain. Nimble and performant, it will enchant advanced skiers!

Sizes available
  • 156
  • 164

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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!