When looking for the best skis for beginners, there should be one goal and one goal only; making the ride as enjoyable as possible so that you can stay safe and learn quickly.
Choosing good beginner equipment is really important.
But by the shape of the skis alone, you will know if you will be stable on them or not.
There are a lot of good skis on the market that are adequate for most levels of ability and all situations. This means that you can not only choose ones that are a good fit but ones that look good as well.
What’s Different for Beginners?
There is one main difference between beginner skiers and those that are already at the intermediate level, and that is fear.
When you are starting, you will think that falling from your skis is something terrible and you probably wouldn’t even consider ski wax, even though falling in the snow is almost always a soft landing. This is why you need skis that will give you some additional stability and confidence, making you more eager to plunge down the track.
A beginner ski is longer and wider which helps to reduce acceleration and overall speed because speed is not your primary concern. You want nice, thick, carving skis.
The goal is to get your ski legs as soon as possible. The only way to do this is to easily conquer the light, groomed tracks first and gain the confidence you need.
Top 5 Best Skis for Beginners
There are a lot of excellent carving skis on the market today, and it will be up to you choose the ones that are adequate to your height and size, as well as your personal preference.
The general rule of thumb is the bigger the person, the bigger the ski.
As the snow doesn’t care if you are a dude or a dudette, the difference in skis for men and women will usually be with size. We have more information on ski size a little later in this post.
There are a lot of skis now that are made from premium materials, making it easy for us to create a list of highly products for you.
The Rossignol 88HD are very nice beginner skis that will last you well as you progress from the beginner to intermediate stage. They are stable and easy to control, while still being light enough to walk in.
The Carbon Alloy Matrix in the middle of the skis means that as your skill progresses, you will be able to draw more power from this equipment, making you go faster and be more agile.
They come in different lengths between 60 and 74 inches. This means that they can be used by riders between 5’3’’ all the way to 6’5’’. They are of somewhat regular 135/88/124 centimeter measurements, making them both easy to turn and easy to adjust speed.
As they are very durable, the weight of the rider is not an issue, although heavier skiers should use longer skis for added stability.
- 135/88/124 Measurements
- 17m at 180 cm Radius
- Carbon Alloy Matrix
It is not often that a new ski becomes a top choice for the year it came out, but that is the case for the Fischer Ranger 85.
This is a composite ski, made with both Fiber Tech and Air Tech, and has a flexible carbon nose that will adjust to bends.
Although not a traditional carving ski, as it is slightly narrower than some would prefer, it is an excellent choice for those starting with nicely groomed slopes. It has a 117/85/107 cm sidecut, which might be an issue with riders who have wider feet.
Finally, the Fischer Ranger comes with its own bindings that are made with as high-quality materials as the ski itself.
The combined weight of both the skis and the bindings is 3.6 kilograms, or slightly below 8 pounds.
- Narrow Cut
- 17m at 173cm Radius
- Freeski ROCKER
- Twin Powerrail
Arguably the best value on the market today, the Atomic Vantage combines some old ideas with new technologies to produce skis that offer an easy ride for everyone.
They are about 3.5 inches wide in the middle, making them slightly harder to walk in, but so much easier to handle on the slopes. The full measurements in centimeters are 132/90/115.
The most distinguishable feature of this model is the power wood-core with a titanium backbone, all enclosed in a carbon tank mesh.
While the skis are durable for all kinds of tracks, they give the best handling on groomed trails, which is perfect for beginners as not too many newbies are going to hit fresh-powder black runs or even venture off-piste.
- Wide cut
- Reduces vibrations
- 17m at 176cm Radius
The Nordica Enforcer might just be the best ‘professional’ skis a beginner could have.
If you are a natural, you will feel the benefits of the best materials and design very quickly.
The core of the ski is made from high-quality hardwood laminated with metal, making the skis exceptionally durable, as well as sharp. Due to the shape, they are faster than other models listed here, which is something you should be aware of in the very beginning, but they do compensate in handling.
The flared tail profile and a sidewall construction type will give you a lot of control, and you will be able to use the full power of these skis in no time.
- Very durable
- Balanced Cut
- 126/93/114 Measurements
- Flared Tail
- 18.5m at 185cm Radius
Favorite of most skiing instructors, the Rossignol 74 is the classical carving design made to make the rider comfortable and safe, whilst also enjoying having fun.
They are slightly narrower in the middle with only 3 inches, but that makes them very easy to walk in. The difference in measurements will make your ride very easy, as cutting corners and turning is not as taxing to your legs.
Combining these skis with freshly groomed tracks makes them the best skis for beginners, with not as much power, but with excellent handling.
- Very lightweight
- Narrow cut
- 121/74/107 Measurements
- 15m at 168cm Radius (men’s)
- 12m at 160cm Radius (women’s)
- Rossitop Cap
Things to Know When Buying as a Newbie
As a beginner, you shouldn’t be worried about different types of meshes and backbones that might make your turning faster, or make your skis go better over rough terrain.
You need to focus on buying something that will keep you on your feet and enjoying yourself. Longer, lightweight, carving skis are the best option for those who want to have an edge while learning.
The main thing, as is with any sport or activity, is not to lose your confidence and to start slow. Take a good pair of skis that will make you want to go again multiple times, rather than some that are used by some pros in a competition.
The only way to become a pro is by practice, as the road of many miles starts with a single step.
Ski Measurements & Length
It is quite easy picking out a beginner ski if you already know that you will be riding groomed tracks — all beginner-friendly resorts will have well maintained slopes that are plowed multiple times per day.
Generally, you want your skis to be up to your chin when you stand them on the ground. If you are heavier for your height, you might want to go slightly longer, and if you are on the lighter side, you can go slightly shorter.
As for the measurements, narrower skis make it easier to walk in them, but wider ones are more stable. In both cases, you will want carving skis that have their top at least an inch wider than the middle.
There is no reason to go overboard when buying beginner equipment.
It is better to use something that will be used for longer and is more durable than professional skis that will spend the majority of their lifetime in the garage — unless you’re lucky enough to live by a mountain.
Hopefully, your ability will outgrow your beginner skis in the next few seasons. This is another reason that you don’t want to over-invest as you begin your skiing journey.