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Thinking of heading out for some backcountry skiing? You'll need the best backcountry skis you can get to help you tackle the deep powder and rough terrain. Curated Ski Experts can help! Here are the backcountry skis they most frequently recommend to skiers. Note, however, that top lists aren't the best way to find the right skis for your specific needs. Everyone is different and we believe in finding the best gear for you and not generally for the masses. Be sure to @@chat with a Ski Expert here on Curated@@ to find the perfect pair of backcountry skis for you. Looking for more expert picks? Check out the 7 Best Backcountry Touring Skis here.
It can be hard to know where to start when shopping for new ski bindings. Here at Curated, we believe there's more to the process than just finding a pair that matches your skis. Read through this list to see our experts' most recommended bindings, but note that we don't believe in "best of" lists here at Curated – everyone is different and we believe in finding the best gear for you and not generally for the masses. If you want to check out more Expert pics, check out The 9 Best Ski Bindings. @@Chat with a Ski Expert here on Curated@@ to find the best ski bindings for you and your skill level!
At Curated, we don't believe that there is a single "best" pair of skis. We believe that there is a best pair of skis for you. Our unbiased experts have recommended thousands of pairs of skis across all the best brands – from Rossignol and Salomon to K2 and Blizzard – to customers of all sizes and skill levels who are seeking to hit the ski resort with the right skis catered to their needs. Check out this list of the top most recommended skis, but note that we don't believe in "best of" lists here at Curated – everyone is different and we believe in finding the best skis for you and not generally for the masses. For more Expert picks, check out the Best Intermediate Skis here.
All-mountain skis are designed to do it all and Curated Ski Experts help thousands of skiers every season find the right pair for their needs. Check out this list of the top 2021 model all-mountain skis recommended the most by Curated Experts. Note that we don't believe in "best of" lists here at Curated – everyone is different and we believe in finding the best gear for you and not generally for the masses. Be sure to @@chat with a Ski Expert here on Curated@@ to find the perfect all-mountain skis for you.
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All Your Skiing Needs Can Be Found at Curated
Curated is a one-stop-shop for all ski gear. We have access to skis across every category and all the accessories and apparel you could ever need to gear up for a weekend trip or a season of hard use. We pair each user with a Ski Expert to help sort through the countless options and build a setup that’s perfectly personalized for each unique skier. Whether you’re shopping for your first pair of skis, adding some backcountry skis to the quiver, or just need some new goggles, you’ve come to the right place.
All-mountain skis are used by skiers of nearly every skill level. They are easy to turn and are designed to ski the whole mountain, from groomers and bumps to trees and powder. An all-mountain ski is a great choice for someone who needs one ski to do it all, as well as anyone who is shopping for their first ski setup. Let us help find the perfect all-mountain ski to fit your needs!
Look to a pair of carving skis to make perfect turns down a freshly groomed run. Their
narrower width helps them turn quickly and their shape lets them hold a nice edge at high speeds. Carving skis are for anyone who wants to make perfect turns on groomed runs and is less concerned with soft snow performance.
Freeride skis are generally a little wider than all-mountain skis and are shaped for more
aggressive skiing in powder. More rocker makes them easy to turn in deep snow, but less
sidecut can hinder their carving performance. Therefore, freeride skis are a great option for anyone who spends most of their time on the backside of the mountain or for anyone who mostly skies powder but wants a little more versatility than a strict powder ski.
Powder skis are the widest skis on the market and often feature the most dramatic rocker
profiles and shapes. They’re designed to float and be easy to maneuver in the deepest of
conditions. Therefore, everyone’s definition of a powder ski is a little different. On the
East Coast, a powder ski might be 100mm underfoot, and in the Pacific Northwest, it could be 130mm or more. Whether you're gearing up for a big trip or adding a powder ski to the quiver, a Ski Expert can help find the best powder ski for your location and conditions.
Backcountry skis have all-mountain, freeride, and powder ski shapes, but they’re made with lightweight materials in the core to save weight. Lightweight skis are best for strict
backcountry use. They allow for more laps, longer approaches, and generally more skiing in a day of touring. Saving weight often comes at the cost of some durability and the ability to handle chopped-up snow, so some backcountry skis are not ideal for in-bounds use. With a full spectrum of weight ranges to choose from, a Ski Expert can help find the right backcountry ski to fit any of your needs.
Looking for a playful, buttery pair of twin tip skis? Curated’s selection of park skis is a
great place to start. The twin tip shape and more forward mount position keep park skis stable while skiing forward or backward and make them easier to spin in the air. With access to brands, such as Faction, Line, and Armada, a Ski Expert will find the perfect park ski for you.
Buying ski boots online is difficult. We get it. Many Curated Experts have experience boot fitting in retail stores, and they know just how ski boots fit. Boots are the most important part of a ski setup, and size is only the first consideration. A Ski Expert will help you find the correct flex or stiffness of the boot, the right width, and they’ll make sure the boots are compatible with your bindings.
Bindings are an essential part of a ski setup. They not only hold the boot to the ski but also have the important job of releasing the boot to prevent injury in a crash. When looking at bindings, it is important to consider the DIN or release value range of the binding, the brake width, and the boot compatibility.
Your release value is calculated based on an industry-standard chart, and it should fall
somewhere within your binding’s release range. Brakes should be wide enough to fit around the waist of the ski without being in the way. And, with multiple boot sole norms, it is important to make sure that bindings and boots are compatible. That’s a lot to consider, so let a Curated Ski Expert help build you the perfect setup!
We carry all the accessories you’ll need, from a helmet and goggles to poles to ski bags. If you’re taking a trip and renting skis, then consider bringing your own helmet, gloves, and goggles to stay warm and safe on the hill. A Ski Expert can make a personalized recommendation based on the location and terrain of your trip.
The right clothing can be even more important than finding the right skis. Most ski kits
include a wool or synthetic base layer to wick moisture and add a little insulation.
Waterproof ski pants and bibs are available with or without insulation, so there are options for any condition. A down or synthetic jacket adds some warmth, and a shell jacket will keep the elements out. To find your perfect fit, use, and design, chat with a Ski Expert here on Curated.
Buy Your Ski Gear Here at Curated
With the overwhelming amount of ski gear available today, you’ve come to the right place. Curated will pair you with a Ski Expert who will sift through every detail about your skiing and handpick the best gear options for your needs. We have our own inventory but also partner with key brands and other retailers to make sure we always have access to the right product. Lastly, rest assured that your Curated experience goes far beyond shopping. If you have questions about your gear when it arrives, trouble with it on the hill, or just want to talk skiing, your Ski Expert is only a text away.