Buying the Perfect Ski Package: 10 Best Ski Packages for Beginners

Published on 04/17/2023 · 7 min readHaving the right ski setup can make your first few times on the hill much easier and more enjoyable! Skiing Expert Will Koons details the top 10 beginner ski setups!
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tl;dr For beginners looking to buy a ski package, it's essential to consider the type of skiing you want to do, your budget, skill level, and quality and size of the equipment. This guide outlines the key factors to consider when purchasing a ski package, including different ski types, essential features, and tips for choosing the right gear for your needs.

Hi there! I'm Will, a Curated Expert who has been skiing and snowboarding for over 20 years. I'm passionate about helping people find the appropriate ski gear to suit their needs and abilities. In this article, I'll guide you through the process of finding the perfect ski package so you can hit the slopes with confidence.

What Is a Beginner Ski Package?

A beginner ski package typically includes a set of skis, boots, bindings, and poles designed specifically for novice skiers. These packages aim to provide the necessary equipment for a smooth and enjoyable skiing experience, helping beginners learn and progress on the slopes.

What to Consider When Buying a Beginner Ski Package

What Type of Skiing Will You Be Doing?

Consider whether you'll be skiing on groomed trails, off-piste, or in the terrain park. This will help determine the type of skis you need.

What Is Your Budget?

Ski packages can range from a few hundred to thousands of dollars. Determine your budget and understand what you can expect at different price points.

What Size Equipment Do You Need?

Consult a ski size chart, the Ski Experts here at Curated, or a shop professional to determine the correct size for your skis, boots, and poles.

Different Types of Beginner Skis

All-Mountain Skis

Versatile and designed for various terrain, these skis are perfect for beginners looking to explore different aspects of skiing.

Benefits:

  • Great for groomed runs and off-piste skiing, adaptable to changing conditions

Be Aware:

  • May not be specialized enough for advanced skiers

Twin Tip Skis

Designed with upturned tips and tails, these skis are great for freestyle skiing and tricks.

Benefits:

  • Good for jumps and tricks, easier to ski backward

Be Aware:

  • Less stable at high speeds

Powder Skis

Wider and designed for deep snow, these skis are ideal for skiing in the backcountry or on powder days.

Benefits:

  • Float better in deep snow, provide a more stable platform

Be Aware:

  • Less agile on groomed runs

What to Look for in a Beginner Ski Package

Look for:

  • Skis with a softer flex, which are more forgiving for beginners
  • Comfortable, well-fitting boots to ensure a positive skiing experience

Avoid:

  • Advanced ski features, such as aggressive sidecuts or stiff flex, which can be challenging for beginners

The 10 Best Beginner Ski Packages

1. Dynastar M-Menace 90 Skis + Xpress 11 GW Ski Bindings

The Dynastar M-Menace 90 Skis + Xpress 11 Ski Bindings combine to make an excellent setup for improving intermediate skiers who want to explore the front and backside of the resort. The Menace 90 blends a poplar wood core with braided fiberglass reinforcements to create a balance of stiffness and maneuverability. Combined with the 11 DIN GripWalk-compatible bindings, the Dynastar Menace 90s with Xpress 11 GW Bindings will help skiers find new favorite spots all season.

2. Faction Prodigy 1 Skis + Strive 11 GW Bindings

The Prodigy 1 + all new Strive 11 GW combo wins on the mountain, time and time again, all season long. Skiers looking for an all-mountain freestyle ski should check out the Prodigy 1 for its perfect amount of rocker (ease of use), poplar core, and Full Strength Sidewall (performance). These skis are built to last thanks to their durable build, featuring: thicker-than-average XL 2.5mm edges, an Anti-Chip Micro-Cap, metal tip protector, and a tough-as-nails matte high-resistance top sheet.

3. K2 Disruption 75 Skis + Marker M2 10 Bindings

The Disruption 75W is a women’s-specific ski that will take you everywhere with confidence. Its advanced design features a Duracap—which keeps the skis light and forgiving—a Catch Free Rocker for effortless turn initiation, and a supportive I-Beam construction. The Disruption 75W is the perfect hard-charge companion.

4. Rossignol Experience 76 Skis + Xpress 10 GW Bindings

The Rossignol Experience 76 with Xpress 10 Bindings are perfect for beginner or intermediate skiers looking to skip the rental line in order to explore the mountain and grow their skills. The Experience 76 is built on a quality wood core and reinforced with fiberglass. This creates a durable and reliable ski that doesn't break the bank.

5. Rossignol Rallybird 90 Pro Skis + Xpress 10W GW Bindings

The Rossignol Rallybird 90 is a lightweight and energetic freeride ski made for intermediate to advanced lady skiers who want a playful ski that can handle a variety of conditions. At 90mm wide, the Rallybird performs well in soft snow and off trail, while still maneuvering edge to edge quickly, and being well capable of linking tight turns on the hard pack. Paired with the Xpress 10 GW Bindings, this is a great daily driver setup for skiers looking for versatility and playfulness in a lightweight package.

6. Rossignol Sender 90 Pro Skis + Xpress 10 GW Bindings

The Rossignol Sender 90 Pro Skis are made for strong youth or lightweight adult skiers. 90mm wide with an all-mountain sidecut and rocker profile, the Sender 90 Pro Skis are forgiving yet reliable, and can take growing skiers into new terrain and varying conditions with confidence. Paired with a quality binding, this set up from Rossignol is ready for powder days, high-speed groomer runs, and everything in between.

7. Rossignol Trixie Skis + Xpress W 10 GW B83 Bindings

The Trixie is an all-mountain powder ski for advancing women freeskiers. Modeled on the 7-Series freeride skis, this women’s model delivers an award-winning blend of float and carve. A lightweight build and accessible flex enhance agility for effortless soft snow performance and a smooth freeride progression for women skiers.

8. Salomon QST Spark Skis + M10 GW Bindings

The Salomon QST Spark Skis with M10 Bindings are made for intermediate skiers looking to ski on trail or into the trees, and who want to confidently ride park features and stomp landings. 85mm wide with twin tips, the QST Spark is maneuverable and energetic, while being stable at speeds and versatile for skiing hard pack, ice, groomers, and even some light powder.

9. Salomon S/Max N°6 Skis + M10 GW Bindings · Women's

Designed for women always on the lookout for the latest trend, Salomon's S/MAX N°6 XT impeccably combines a fashionable design with effortless performance. Stable even at higher speeds, this ski set will keep your fatigue at bay as you carve your way down the slopes in different snow conditions.

10. Salomon Stance 80 Skis ​+ M11 GW Bindings

The Salomon Stance 80 Skis with M11 bindings are made for intermediate skiers looking for a stable ski that can be used to increase speeds and take their skiing to steeper and more challenging runs. The Stance 80 features a slight tip rocker, is built on a poplar wood core, and is reinforced with a Titanal laminate to create a damp, stable ski that remains maneuverable and energetic. Completed with the M11 bindings, this setup offers intermediate skiers a way to move up to the next level.

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Buying a beginner ski package can be an exciting step toward a new and fulfilling skiing experience. By considering the type of skiing you'll be doing, your budget, size and skill level, and the quality of the equipment, you can confidently choose the right ski package for your needs. Remember that all-mountain skis are versatile, twin tip skis are great for freestyle skiing, and powder skis excel in deep snow. Above all, make sure to prioritize comfort and fit—especially when it comes to your ski boots.

If you're still unsure about which ski package is right for you, don't hesitate to reach out to the Ski Experts at Curated for free, personalized advice. By investing in a ski package that suits your needs, you'll be setting yourself up for success and enjoyment on the slopes. Happy skiing!

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