Among the variety of skiblades available for riding the slopes, there are those skiblades for all mountain performance. These high performance skiblades are constructed with wood cores (adding greater stability at speed and long lasting durability). In addition, these skiblades usually have a wider body construction (more width under foot) that allows for faster speeds due to greater surface area, as well as for landing jumps and riding deeper powder. Usually, high performance skiblades also feature higher quality bases meaning sintered bases that will absorb wax better and thus provide better glide.
Keep in mind that all skiblades are fun. It always depends on what you want to ride them for. There are ski blade models that have wood cores, sintered bases but may be narrower in construction. These are great for fast carving, edge-to-edge turns and can be ridden closer together. These are not necessarily as good in powder or for jumps due to less surface area. An example is the Elan 99cm ski blades or Atomic 125cm ski blades.
Now there are still skiblades that are narrower in design, may come with extruded bases (still highly durable but does not hold wax as well) and may have foam cores (rather than wood cores). These will still carve fast, stop fast but could be a bit less stable if you like going really fast. Due to construction however, these tend to be less expensive which is a plus and gets you on the slopes having fun.
One other thing is that the higher performance skiblades with wood cores (or carbon in the case of the Atomic 125cm) allow for greater retention of release bindings. While less expensive skiblades usually come with non-release plastic bindings, the more expensive ones come with full on ski bindings that will release in case of a fall. If you want to have release bindings on your skiblades, then you can go with more high performance skiblades (wide or narrow). Now you get to ride the safest snowriding equipment on the mountain.
Examples of high performance skiblades are:
Narrow – Elan 99cm, Elan 125cm, Atomic 125cm, Snowjam 99cm and more.
Wider – Summit Ecstatic 99cm, Summit Custom 110cm, Summit Marauder 125cm, Snowjam 90cm (won’t take release bindings) and more.
Remember all skiblades are fun though, just depends on how you want to ride. For more specific information on choosing the right skiblades, visit our other page on Choosing the Right Skiblades.