What Type Of Skier are You


Sarah Runge, Writer

The first place to start with when trying to find the type of skier you are is identifying the level you are on when it comes to skiing. We do this by identifying our strengths and weaknesses.

If you are on level 1 you most likely have never put skis on before. If you are on level 2 you have tried skiing before, on snow or a dry slope, and can slide and snowplow, but not properly in control on a green run. If you are on level 3 you are in control of your speed and turns on green slopes and some blues, and you are in a plow position most of the time. If you are on level 4 you ski blue runs when most confident your skis are parallel, but when it gets steeper the plow comes back or when in icy conditions. If you are on level 5 you can ski hard blue or blue blacks in good conditions. Your skis are parallel in good conditions but struggle through bumpy, icy, and powder conditions. If you are on level 6 you can ski all hard blues and some blacks provided they’re not too steep or bumpy but struggle off-piste. If you are on level 7 Blacks are no problem and you enjoy off-piste but struggle on narrow steep sections and in some tricky snow conditions. If you are on level 8 you are confident to ski at high speed on blacks whatever the conditions, bumps, and off-piste in all snow conditions. You can ski almost anywhere and want real challenges; steeper, deeper snow, bigger bumps, higher speeds.

The second step to identifying the type of skier you are in the conditions you ski or enjoy the most. There are 9 different conditions in skiing, Hardpack (snow that has been compressed down so that it will not compress any farther), Powder (naturally fallen snow that has not been compressed, which you will sink into a lot), Slush (Snow that is melting, after having melted and refrozen before, making it made out of ice crystals rather than snow crystals), Ice (When it has snowed for a while the pistes will become more solid and icy, makes it harder to push skis edges into the snow), Moguls/Bumps(Lumps of snow that have been created by lots of skiers turning into the same places carving out the snow and moving it into piles), Death Cookies (Balls or blocks of ice, or hard snow that is big or small), Avalanche(unstable snow breaks away and travels down a slope *dangerous*).

The third step to identifying your skier type is all about you and what you wanna do. There are three types, Type 1- Ski Cautiously, you prefer slower speeds, have lots of caution, entry-level skier, lower than average retention level settings. Type 2- Ski Moderately-You prefer a variety of speeds, variety of terrain, not classified at Type 1 or Type 3, average retention settings. Type 3- Ski Aggressively, Prefer faster speeds, aggressive slopes, higher retention setting, less release-ability.

The last step is to know what type of skier you are and find the way you wanna ride. Do you wanna ride Alpine/downhill?, Cross-country, Freestyle, Off-piste, Snowboarding, touring, Telemark, Adaptive. When skiing you ski type has a lot to do with the way you ski, for example; Downhill skiing consists of Powder skis,  All mountain, All mountain wide, backcountry, Carving skis, Racing skis, Twin tip skis, and Sport models. The way you ski has something to do with the type of ski you own. Hopefully, this helps you determine the type of skier you are or want to become.