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What’s the big deal about snowblades? Snowblades are incredibly easy to learn (one to two runs is average), most people don’t need lessons as it feels so natural, especially if you have skills in roller blading, skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, hockey, even dancing, etc. It is a natural cross over. (We do recommend that total beginners and newcomers to the slopes take lessons however so they know how to get on and off the lift). But most important, they are a blast from the first day and provide the freedom and control to do whatever you want and go wherever you want on the mountain. That’s what snowriding is supposed to be all about – fun and total freedom!
What areSnowblades? Are they just short skis? Snowblades come in varying lengths and widths. Some are narrower than others. The more narrow width feels more like short skis and are a blast! They are excellent for skiers who are converting and allow for short, fast turns. The wider Snowblades are constructed like snowboards and carve on edge like snowboards. You might say it is like having two small snowboards on your feet. This means to carve, you lean and the side cut of the snowblade does the work. Wider snowblades will handle deep powder more effectively, allow for better tricks, carve better turns and be more stable with increasing speed. Length of snowblades varies and choosing the proper length depends on personal preference as well as height and weight.
With many snowblades, the width is usually the same at the tip and tail so you can ride front and back at the same level. Ski Blades vary from about 75cm to 135 cm in length, are generally constructed with a solid wood core and varying parabolic shapes, just like snowboards. Ski blades, being much shorter are often easier to manuever out of potentially troublesome situations. Ski boots (poles unnecessary) and the desire for pure outrageous fun are all you need!
How does snowblading compare to skiing? Often when skiers in particular get up on snowblades, they try to apply the same principles that they learned for skiing – lean down the mountain over your tips, for example. When skiers apply these strategies, they often comment that there is too much chattering and that they lack control and don’t carve well at speed. However, the stance for snowblading is more like the stance for skating or roller blading – standing up, not leaning over the tips. The effective carving edge for snow blades (in this sense similar to skis) is under your boots. Standing up on snow blades allows them to do their job – the side cuts and flex kick in and you can then have stability and control in carving. It often takes skiers a few runs to realize it isn’t skiing anymore, it is more like skating or even a combination of skating and snowboarding, etc. and thus, they begin to realize the incredible freedom, control and total fun that snowblading offers. The learning curve is extremely short compared to snowboarding or skiing and certainly less painful!
What is the difference between the different types of snowblades and how does one
decide which to get? First of all, all snowblades are fun (much more fun than skiing in the opinion of many and growing). There are however differences between the different brands of ski blades – overall construction, durability, side cut, camber, graphics and of course, overall performance.
Other factors to consider is how high the tips come up in the front and back. If the tips are quite low, this makes it more challenging in deep powder or on days when you have alternating clumps of snow and hard pack. The flex is also something to consider. The stiffer the snowblade, the more weight and lean you need to put into carving. Of course, side-cut factors in here too. Often, the more the side cut, like in snowblades with a deep parabolic cut, the easier it is to carve turns.
One way to choose depends on what you plan to do on your snowblades. Do you want to try tricks and jumps in the terrain parks, do moguls or glade runs, or lay out some mean carves on the groomed runs? Do you want to go where no one has gone before, into unmarked territory, deep snow or get dropped off by helicopter in the middle of nowhere? If you want to go into unmarked territory, jam through deep powder (don’t we all) and love speed, the 99cm to 125cm snowblades are a good choice as well as going for wider snow blades.
The 75cm – 99cm range is better for moguls, trees and playing on the open runs.
90cm and even longer is often preferred for those getting big air & doing tricks, so consider the 90-120cm range (though many people prefer using the shorter boards for many kinds of tricks also).
Your height and weight can also be a factor. Typically the longer the snowblades, the faster they go and the more stable they are at high speeds. This assumes you have some weight and height behind it of course. These are personal matters.