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Do I Really Need Powder Skis? Breckenridge Ski Rental Tips

This question has been getting a lot of attention on the forum that I participate in. The answer is driven by how much fun you want to have skiing in powder.

In the ‘old’ days of the last century, almost everyone was on long, narrow skis. We managed to ski powder with them and had a blast. We didn’t have any other options, so we used what we had. At various points in time, manufacturers came out with ‘powder’ skis. Head Skis had a long and very soft ski that allowed the front of the ski  to bend up to help keep you from sinking into the snow. Miller came out with the Miller Soft, a slightly wider than usual ski that also sported a soft tip to let the ski rise up out of the snow. Along came Atomic with Powder Plus, a truly fat ski at 110 mm wide at the waist. And so it continued.

Now there are skis with rocker, early rise, reverse camber in a variety of widths. By comparison, skiing on the older gear seems downright archaic and difficult. New skis like the Rossignol Soul 7, with rocker tip and tail and a 106 mm wide waist are the standard for powder. The rocker lets the ski plane up from the snow while the width of the tip provides superb flotation.

Alternate configurations for powder feature more traditional shapes, such as the Kastle BMX 108 with its 108 mm waist and early rise. The side cut is ‘normal’ in comparison to the Soul 7’s ‘5 point’ design which places the widest part of the ski further back.

Both skis have their merits with few pitfalls. The rockered design allows for a wide range of tactics in the snow such as smearing, pivoting and banking in the snow. The width of both skis provides excellent flotation. The interesting thing is that with all this attention to powder performance, they ski quite nicely on softer snow that isn’t deep like the crud that develops on groomers on a powder day. They can even carve in soft snow, making for a wonderful all around experience.

Even the narrower skis in the 80 – 90 mm width at the waist will make your powder day memorable. With more flotation than skinnier carving or race skis, they allow you to maneuver in the powder with ease that was unthinkable in the ‘old days’.

When you visit Breckenridge, our ski rentals will tip the balance in your favor for experiencing a great day in the powder. So feel free to ask for the best ski equipment rental for the conditions on the slopes when you’re there…if the day calls for powder skis, we’ll make sure you get a great pair!

Leave Something at Home? Try Ski Rentals in Breckenridge CO

Can there be anything more frustrating than setting out for a ski trip and forgetting an essential piece of ski equipment or gear? Or maybe the airlines misplaced your ski bag. Whatever the reason, if you find yourself in Breckenridge CO in need of ski rentals, let us help you find just what you need to get your vacation back on track.

Our rental demo skis are tuned before every time they are sent out. This means that in addition to getting on the latest and greatest skis you can be assured that the skis will perform as they should. Whether you prefer the popular Rossi Soul 7, a 5-point powder ski that also skis great on the groomed trails or the Kastle MX 88, a ski with the features to make your day zooming around the area exciting and fun, you will have the best rental ski equipment available at a reasonable price.

If the conditions change, you can bring back your demos at any time and exchange them for a different pair so that you will have just the right skis on for the conditions at hand.

Did you lose your boots on the way to Breckenridge or forget to pack them? We have a full fleet of rental boots in many widths, and we can customize the fit of your rental boots to accommodate almost any problem you may have so you can enjoy your time on the slopes in comfort with the best possible performance.

Break a pole skiing some unusual conditions? No problem. We have poles in any size you need. We also have helmets and snowboards for rent. In addition to all the equipment we rent, we also carry boot, helmets, goggles, poles and other accessories for sale so if you forgot it and need it, you will probably find it in our shop.

Ski rentals in Breckenridge from A Racer’s Edge can help you get maximum pleasure from your trip with skis, equipment and gear as well as stellar service at the right price. Stop in and say ‘hi’ next time you’re in Breckenridge…we’ll be happy to help you get back on the slopes.