Free skiing has changed the skiing industry a lot. It was a long way from the 18th century Scandinavian people to the first plastic fiberglass ski in Montreal and onto today. But the modern downhill skiing sport might not be the same without Shane McConkey. Shane was one of the most important pioneers of the sport. He came up with the term “Freeskiing” and had the idea for skis being especially designed for powder snow. McConkey was heavily involved in the designing of the first rockered skis with K2, to help with better control over the skis in the powder.
The design was very innovative at the time since there was no skis that could handle powder properly. Today these kinds of skis are used everywhere and every ski company have their own rockered powder skis.
Alpine skiing was introduced as an Olympic sport in 1936 at Garmisch-Partenkirchen and freestyle skiing saw its first glimpse of Olympic action in the Calgary winter Olympic Games in 1988.
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From Sport Bittl’s wide range of products you’ll find your skis and accessories for any occasion. Either you like to kill it in the park, shred the backwoods or just slalom nice and easy down the slopes we’ve got the right skis for you. You can build the setup of your choice at our stores or at our onlineshop. We’ve also got accessories for you from jackets and beanies to ski waxes and snowshoes, so you’re always ready for your next skiing adventure.
Before we get into choosing the right ski for you, we need to find out what type of skiing you’ll be doing. Here are a few general styles in freestyle skiing.
Freeride: Freeriding is very simple. Almost any skis can handle a bit of freeriding, but the best skis for the job still depend on the conditions. Your imagination is the limit and you can ride anything depending on your mood.
Freestyle: Freestyle doesn’t have any restriction. You make your way from the top to the bottom doing anything you like whilst having fun. You’ll need a good all-around ski that can do well in any scenario, you can ride any part of the slopes with ease.
Park and pipe: Style is the name of the game when it comes to park riding. Technical ability is the key to killing it in the kickers, rails and boxes at the park section of the ski resort. Park and pipe skis traditionally have a slimmer waist and are a-symmetrical and also the skis have more durable edges, butter zones and of course twintips.
Backcountry freeride: Big Mountain, backcountry and deep powder, say any of those words and you’ll get a freeride skiers blood pumping. While riding in the deep powders of the backcountries, obviously you’ll need to stay afloat for your own good. To do so, you’ll need skis that are wide and most often have the rocker form, early rise and a soft flex is a plus. Some of today’s powder skis have an unique side cut shape like reverse side cut so the tips and the tails aren’t necessarily the widest points on the ski.
Sport Bittl offers one of the widest range of skis and skiing accessories, for any skiing occasion. Feel free to choose the rigt tool from your favourite brands, such as: Armada, Atomic, Blizzard, K2, Kästle, Line, Movement, Rossignol, Salomon, Scott, Völkl, ...