Intermediate Ski Guide for Men

Posted January 24, 2017 @ 3:29pm | by George Michaelsen

Looking at a ski wall or a website's large selection of skis is pretty overwhelming especially if you're not completely sure what you're looking for.  Which is why I decided to write this blog making it easier for you, an intermediate skier, to pick the right ski.  Before I start talking about which skis are best let's talk first about what an intermediate skier is.

An Intermediate skier can get down groomed Blue Square trails comfortably making similar turn shapes.  Intermediate skiers can get down Black Diamond trails but not as proficiently or sub-conciously as Blue Squares. Most intermediate skiers spend most of their time skiing on trail having fun crusing Blue Square runs.

K2 Poacher

The first ski we are going to talk about is the K2 Poacher. Built on a classic twin tip platform, this skis delivers top notch performance all over the mountain. All Terrain tip and tail rocker make turning easier than ever before. Easy entrance and exit of turns allows for awesome times in the trees and on trail. Sidewall construction delivers incredible edge as you begin to pick up the pace. Initiating turns with tip and tail rocker becomes effortless, but the camber delivers all the power for strong turns. 96mm at the waist has great torsional strength, but even more importantly awesome float. The K2 Poacher is an awesome setup that lives up to the name.

Sky 7 HD

The second ski is the Rossignol Sky 7 HD. If you find yourself looking to break away from the trail then the Sky 7 HD is your go to. Super lightweight in the tip and tail with the honeycomb AirTip Technology. 98mm underfoot guarantees excellent flotation while the Powder Turn Rocker profile splits the difference with 50% rocker and 50% camber for awesome control. Ripping through the trees has never been so easy, which keeps your energy levels way up for all day fun. The Rossignol Sky 7 HD is the intermediate powder ski so you can get back familiar with something wider and obviously back in touch with nature.

Rossignol Experience 84 with Binding

The third ski we are going to discuss is the Rossignol Experience 84, a powerful all mountain ski that thrives all over the resort. Just like the K2 Shreditor and Sin 7 this has full sidewall construction for impressive power and edge hold. Full wood core with carbon has lots of power without the weight you would normally find. Air Tip construction also reduces weight even more and improves flotation while simultaneously reducing chatter. An excellent front side of the mounting choice, but can still play with confidence in the woods.

Fischer Pro MTN 80

Next in line is the Fischer Pro MTN 80. This ski has a lot of the good stuff as the previous skis, but does come with an integrated binding. This takes an additional binding purchase out of the process and sits you up slightly higher the ski for quicker edge to edge transfer. Rocker up front and a hearty camber profile puts you in a position to shred the mountain. This design likes to go fast and blast out of turns, so if you are advancing quickly the Fischer Pro MTN 80 is an excellent option for a more aggressive skier.

Elan Amphibio 84 XTI

Last, but not least is the Elan Amphibio 84 XTI.  An awesome frontside carver that has the metal backing that supports aggressive skiing. 84 mm at the waist provides quick edge to edge transfer while the 4D keeps chatter down and torsional rigidity up. A unique rocker profile distinguishes itself front the rest of the skis by slightly rising the outside sidewall more than the inside for great turn initiation and edge hold. Soft enough to rip the bumps and strong enough to crush hardpack. The Elan Amphibio 84 XTI is full of energy that has huge confidence in all types of terrain for the fast progressing skier.

I only mentioned four different skis in this post and I could go on and on about all sorts of skis, but most would be similar to the ones we had discussed. If you ever have any questions maybe about a ski that I didn’t mention and how it compares, post a question below in the comments, myself or one of the other guys here will answer you ASAP.

PS: We do sell these skis I mentioned ;)

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