Get rad with our freestyle skis
Freestyle skis are all about sliding rails, hitting jumps and getting air in the halfpipe. They’re designed to give you the balance, pop and manoeuvrability that you need for powerful take-offs, comfortable spins, solid rail slides and confident landings, whether you’re riding regular or switch.
Park skis with narrower underfoot widths are aimed at riders who like to play on hard-packed parks and in the street, while wider waists will let you to take your skills out back into the deep stuff. Like with most categories of ski right now, more lightweight construction techniques are letting freestyle skis become a little wider than they were in the past, while still providing a lot of manoeuvrability.
If you’re a jibber, who’s all about slow speed tricks in tight spots or taking your skills to the street, a deeper sidecut and shorter turning radius will do the trick. A longer turning radius and straighter sidecut will be more stable at speed – ideal if you’re hitting the big jump line at high velocity.
Park ski profiles can vary depending if the model is aimed at rails, jumps and hard-packed pistes, or if they’re more of a freestyle-backcountry hybrid. Most park and hard-pack skis will feature a traditional camber underfoot for loads of pop. A more freeride or backcountry-focused ski will often give you added rocker in the nose and tail to help you float and stick those landings in soft snow.
Most park skis will offer plenty of forgiving flex in the nose and tail, for better butters and easier landings. This can make them a good choice for beginners too. If you’re looking at more of a freestyle-freeride hybrid or something for taming bigger jumps, look for something with a bit more stiffness to stand up to the big forces involved in those higher speeds and bigger landings.
Most park riders, who are rail and jump oriented, like their skis mounted at centre for the extra balance it provides when spinning in the air or sliding down rails. If you want to take your tricks to the backcountry, consider a ski that has more of a setback or the option to mount the binding further back on the ski – this’ll make it easier to keep your tips up out of the powder.
Need any help to choose?
If you’re not quite sure what you’re looking for in terms of width, profile, sidecut and flex, check out our Ski Buyer’s Guide for more on what to look for. There’s a handy Ski Size Guide to help you pick the right size too.
Don’t worry if you’re still not sure – we’re here to help. Just get in touch with one of the team today and we’ll be happy to answer your questions.