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Ski rating: Top 3 2016-17 Skis in eight categories

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Selecting skis has always been demanding and complicated for all skiers. It is safe to say that it is not possible to ever finish this process, one can merely pause it. Because of the diversity of skis, it is not simple to find one’s bearings. We at Yourkimagazine decided to make your life much easier and chose the best skis in each category according to our opinion. The skis were rated according to the specific criteria for each skiing style; because, what is good for one style is not always good for another. All the skis that make up this rating were tested by the Yourski Team. This means that these skis are the best of the tested. Please note that there could be other very good skis that did not make it to this rating, as we could not test them. It would be unfair for our part to include there something that we did not examine ourselves.

On-piste


This category refers to the simplest and the most widespread skis, designed for recreational skiing: the style that does not imply any determined stylistics, skill, aggression or speed, but sets enjoyment as the foremost goal. Skis for this style should be steerable, comfortable, manoeuvrable and independent of snow and piste quality: skiing must be enjoyable in any condition.



AllMountain - the skis for those who are not lacking in skill to ski on any kind of piste. They must not be limited by the curve radius. Also such skis have to be controllable on a bumpy piste, grasping on an icy piste, stable at a high speed, dynamic in quick turns, good at maintaining a curve, and comfortable during a sideslip.



The category contains carving skis. They are intended for on-piste skiing with short and frequent turns. Dynamics, elasticity, and grip are the most important features of such skis.



This category includes skis for on-piste skiing with medium to large curves. Such skis should be stable at a high speed and be grasping on an icy piste. They must also be controllable on a bumpy and a soft piste, as well as have the variability of turn radius.




Freeski


This category refers to the skis that are made for those who prefer on-piste skiing with an occasional deviation from a piste, which does not extend to pure freeride. This means no technique limits, fast carving, sliding manoeuvres, a bit of jumping, and snow park riding. Such skis should be controllable, responsive, and frisky. They must be reliable and predictable, but simultaneously “provoke” a skier to have a crazy, fun ride.




Off-piste


This category includes skis for those who prefer to stay within a resort’s limits but who has no boundaries in terms of terrain. Such skis must be stable and controllable on a hard or an icy piste. Things like vibration damping on a bumpy slope and universality in terms of technique are also of great significance. The skis must allow to easily swap carving on a hard slope with sliding in a soft snow.



This category refers to the skis for freeriding outside of a resort: no lifts, no pistes. The skiing is usually performed in fresh and deep powder. Such skis must be stable and independent from the snow quality. Another important aspect is manoeuvrability, which is very useful on a rough terrain that backside often provides. The skis should also be very light so that it is not that tiresome to skitour or to walk uphill with the skis hanging on a backpack. Backside skis should also be reliable and effective on drops.



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