Waist width is how wide skis are underfoot - directly under the binding at their narrowest point.
84mm and Narrower
For skiers who primarily ski groomed trails and rarely ski ungroomed trails.
Mixed Snow East
For skiers who ski a mix of groomed/ungroomed trails in moderate snowfall regions. Often for East Coast skiers.
Mixed Snow West
For skiers who ski a mix of groomed/ungroomed trails in high snowfall regions. Often for Western skiers.
For skiers who primarily ski ungroomed trails in high snowfall regions.
112mm and Wider
For skiers who want a dedicated ski for soft snow and powder days.
Selecting an Optimal Ability Level
Skis for beginners are easy to maneuver, and generally feature foam or composite cores that are more flexible and forgiving. This skier is cautious and prefers to stay on green terrain.
Intermediate skis are designed to bridge the gap from beginner to advanced. This skier probably prefers a mix of green and blue terrain and will ski more aggressively as they become more confident.
Advanced skiers are those who can ski the whole mountain but don't prefer the most aggressive terrain for every run. Advanced skiers prefer a mix of blue and black terrain with the occasional run down extreme terrain.
Expert skiers are extreme skiers who prefer high speeds and steep terrain all of the time. These skis are usually the stiffest and will often feature some sort of metal or carbon laminate making them more demanding.
New or Demo
What is the difference between a new and demo ski?
A demo ski is a used ski that comes with a mounted binding that can be adjusted to any boot size. Demo skis typically come from demo fleets or programs, whether on the mountain, in a mountain town shop, or from the manufacturer.
A new ski is brand new and has never been on snow. New skis can come either with or without bindings. If a ski is referred to as "flat" it means the ski does not come with bindings.
With or without bindings
Some skis are paired with bindings while others are not. If a ski does not come with bindings, they must be purchased separately, as bindings are required to use a ski. We have a large selection of bindings available. When you select a ski you will see compatible bindings.
If a ski is referred to as "flat" it means the ski does not come with bindings.
About K2 Skis:
K2 is based in Seattle, Washington and produces some of the most popular skis in the world. The men's Apache series has evolved into the Amp Rictor series, and corresponding women's Luv series is now the Super series, known for performing well under a variety of conditions with a lively yet predictable feel. A note that will help many: K2 skis tend to run long compared to other brands, so expect a K2 ski labeled 177cm to measure closer to 180cm. K2 was established on Vashon Island, Washington in 1961 by the Kirschner brothers. The company gained prominence when American ski racers Phil and Steve Mahre won World Cups, World Championships, and Olympic medals on the skis.
Highlights from the 2019 K2 skis lineup:
In addition to a major boot redesign, K2 tweaks some of its go-to models on the ski side. The popular women's Luv series features women's-specific tech. Rather than just lightening up the ski, moving the mount point forward, and calling it a women's ski, K2 rolls out a camber profile built to match female profiles and skiing styles.
To give the skis more rebound without fiberglass, K2 also incorporates flax Shockshield into the series.
Metal Touring Skis
Does a metal touring ski sound just awful? Yeah, if it's heavy. But K2 rebuilt its best-selling Wayback/Talkback backcountry series by both adding titanal and lightening the skis up. K2 aims to have them climb like worthy touring skis and ski down ... Continue Reading