Intermediate Ski Guide for Men

Posted September 24, 2017 @ 3:16pm | 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.

The first ski we are going to talk about is the K2 Pinnacle 85. 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. 85mm at the waist has great torsional strength, but even more importantly awesome float. The K2 Pinnacle 85 is an awesome setup that lives up to the name.

Line Sick Day 102

The second ski is the Line Sick Day 102. If you find yourself looking to break away from the trail then the Sick Day 102 is your go to. Full woodcore with no metal provides ample power without becoming exhausting to ski. 102mm underfoot guarantees excellent flotation while the Early Ride Tip and Tail Rocker makes turn initiation effortless in all snow conditions. Ripping through the trees has never been so easy, which keeps your energy levels way up for all day fun. The Sick Day 102 is an awesome crossover ski that works great in backcountry touring scenarios as well. The concave tail grabs touring skins with precison that prevents them from sliding off during the ascent. The Line Sick Day 102 is the intermediate powder ski so you can get back familiar with something wider and obviously back in touch with nature.

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 Pinnacle 85 and Sick Day 102, this has full sidewall construction for impressive power and edge hold. Full wood core with carbon alloy 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. If you like to spend a majority of your time on trail, the Experience 84 has incredible edge hold and feels great at speed. It’s An excellent front side of the mountain choice, but can still play with confidence in the woods.

Last, but not least is the Blizzard Brahma. An awesome all mountain ski for the advanced intermediate skier looking for something they won’t grow out of. 88 mm at the waist provides quick edge to edge transfer, while the rocker lets you rip turns and stay on top of the soft stuff. When it’s time to go fast the Brahma is more than prepared. Titanal runs from tip to tail for awesome energy and great control on edge. Despite it being on the stiffer side, maneuverability is truly impressive, especially in tight tree situations. The Blizzard Brahma is the award winning piece of perfection that can go everywhere and do everything. 

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 the skis I mentioned ;)

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