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IVGID Tip: Choose the right skis for the conditions

Ski season, finally, is almost here in Incline Village.
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The right equipment can make a good day on the mountain even better. Here are a few tips and reminders on how to choose your weapon, or the right pair of skis for the conditions.

Skis designed for softer/deeper snow: Powder skis are usually 100+mm width underfoot and may have rocker such as tip rocker, tip and tail rocker or full rocker. Generally speaking, the fatter the ski and the more rocker it has, the easier it is to ski as the snow gets deeper. You want your skis to float in the powder and this design helps them do just that.

Skis designed for groomed snow and carved turns: If it’s not a powder day you want to choose a narrower ski that’s easier to maneuver on groomed terrain. Waist widths can vary from 65mm underfoot to approximately 80mm and generally have little or no rocker. These types of skis will have more sidecut, making the skis quicker edge to edge and more effective when carving on harder snow.

Remember, choose your ski type for the conditions you are actually skiing, not the conditions you wish you were skiing. The Diamond Peak Rental Shop has a full fleet of demo skis ranging from wide powder skis to skis with more sidecut if you want to try some out. Let our staff know your skiing ability and style so we can choose the right skis for you.

“IVGID Tip” is a bi-weekly feature running in the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza, in partnership with the Incline Village General Improvement District, providing locals with various tips pertaining to the recreation opportunities and services the district provides. This tip was provided by Diamond Peak Ski Resort. Visit DiamondPeak.com or call 775-832-1177 for more information.

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