If you’re looking for the easiest, downhill ski that any newbie or pro will effortlessly glide and thoroughly enjoy their ride; then the Mini ski model ski will applicably fit your boot and these skis designed to fit your boot like mini snowboards, will boost any rider’s comfort and performance, when downhill snow skiing.
They generally fit with most pairs of ski boot bindings, being engineered to work with release or non-release bindings. The boots are generally around 40 to 90 cm, and come with a few different widths depending on the function and design of the mini-ski.
Mini-ski’s go by a few different names, some of which are Skiboards, Short Skis, Bigfoots, and Snowblades; many different manufactures name their product differently, for whatever style they’re trying to mimic more.
The wider skies allow for more off trail riding, in between trees and gliding on powder really becomes an easily masterful skill with these mini skis. Think of all the new places these skies could take a skier to that wasn’t accessible to them before, similar to back mountain snowboarding.
- 1 What to look for in Mini Skis, Skiboards, Short Skis or Snowblades
- 2 Overall Pick: Black Dragon DF99 Skiboards
- 3 Runner Up: Elan Freeride Skiboards 99cm Snowblades
- 4 A Third Runner Up: X-Morph Snowblades
- 5 Fourth Runner Up: Snowjam Five Forty Panzer 75cm Skiboards Snowblades
- 6 Fifth Runner Up: Summit Skiboards Custom 110cm
What to look for in Mini Skis, Skiboards, Short Skis or Snowblades
Whether you’re a beginner looking for a new pair of skis that will give you an advantage in downhill riding, or a pro who’s looking for a pair of skis that will take you new places, then mini skis will easily make for a pleasant, affordable ride.
Mini skis, or more commonly know as snowblades or ski boards have a fairly diverse range for pricing; usually ranging around $60, for cheaper grade, usually meant for children; and the higher grade ranging upwards of easily $600.
Comparing this price to your average grade a skis seems favorable to most buyers, when your normal pair of skis can shoot for prices as high as 2k+ depending on the brand, and quality of material and manufacturing.
Mini skis usually tend to be shaped similar to a small snowboard, designed to glide on powder, and provide maximum carving, similar to snowboard riding. Shorter ski boards are more maneuverable, easier to learn on, great in moguls, glades and have a similar feel to inline skates.
When searching Mini-ski through most vendor’s or through most brands you’ll come up with a few different products that are designed to be applicable to different styles of riding, most mini skis or ski boards aren’t built for park, or tricks as much as they are developed for downhill carving.
Many designs are made to be more applicable for a diverse ride when carving downhill, some less engineered skis tend to be primarily for only downhill, and don’t do well on moguls or rails as well as the higher quality pair of mini skis.
The twin-tips offer an extremely short learning curve, with the potential to ride anywhere you care to go. The smaller size is great for anyone looking for greater control and maneuverability, without sacrificing quality or performance.
We made our decision today based on top brands on the market and their long history in the Mini ski and ski board sport market and the attributes mentioned above. Each board individually poses as a good pick for any skier, but this review has the top boards listed in order from best, and runners up.
Overall Pick: Black Dragon DF99 Skiboards
The Black Dragon DF99 Skiboards is our favorite choice of mini skis, measuring at 99cm because of their exceptional design and their features. These snowblades have bindings and 2 skis leash included. Their TwinTip design is great for freestyle and also allows easy turning without catching edges in high speeds as they have Pre-waxed extruded bases.
These skis are ultra-light in weight with a total of only 4 lbs, so they are very easy to maneuver whether you are catching air in the terrain park or carving turns on the slopes.
These skiblades come with premounted bindings that offer tool-free adjustment to standard ski boots (sizes 4-11.5). Bindings are non-release type, a standard on skiblades.
Runner Up: Elan Freeride Skiboards 99cm Snowblades
These Mini Skis from Elan are a perfect choice for freeriding, backward riding, carving, turning and having fun on the slopes. Elan has been in the skiboard market for over a decade, always coming out with numerous, innovative models like Elan Freeride Skiboards 99cm Snowblades. These mini skis have a narrower profile for ease of use, new graphics and are made of a tip-to-tail wood core, asymmetrical twin tips and come pre-mounted with Elan’s full feature ESP10 step-in release bindings (made by Tyrolia) , that include brakes so you don’t need any leashes. Made with rugged “snakeskin” top sheet to provide maximum durability against nicks and scratches. Bases are graphite – extra durable and fast.
Not only are these great at speed with surprising stability, but these just look great. The Elan Freeride 99cm skiboards provide a smooth ride with quick edge-to-edge carving, an all-around skiboards choice.
A Third Runner Up: X-Morph Snowblades
At 99cm long, these Mini Skies are an easy to control when downhill bombing, riding backwards or carving, they are particularly fun riding back country and on moguls, they feel similar to a mix between traditional skis, rollerblading, and ice skating. These skies are expertly crafted, made with Power PU core, 6 m/ 8 ft. set with carving plate, safety release binding Tyrolia SL100 extra high carving plate 19mm extra durable edge Power core, superlight weigth and flexibility.
Recommended for beginners who are looking to boost their confidence in their ride, or more experienced skiers who are looking to try something new as far as style of riding.
Fourth Runner Up: Snowjam Five Forty Panzer 75cm Skiboards Snowblades
These Mini skis boards are top of the line, Snow Jam has making mini ski products for decades now. These twin tip multi-wood layered core, provide an amazing ride for downhill, with easy turning, riding backwards, carving, and even the powder riding that might not normally be available to some skiers. These skis really cut the learning curve for most skiers, taking no longer than a day to really master and start hitting blacks with ease. The Snow Five-Forty Panzer 75cm Skiboards snowblades wide design provide an amazing ride on moguls, glades, back mountain riding, switch and fakie (riding backwards). These Mini Ski Snow Blades are incredibly durable and because of their custom, light weight set bindings provide an all around very light weight Ski.
Fifth Runner Up: Summit Skiboards Custom 110cm
The Custom 110 skiboards is an awesome choice of mini skis that promise to deliver almost effortless carves, with stability at speeds that will truly surprise you. Highly durable thanks to the 3D Carbonium top sheet, beautiful graphics and a length of 110cm, perfect for all mountain skiboarding whether hitting those secret powder stashes, plunging down steep chutes or making super-fast turns through the moguls and trees. They come premounted with Atomic L10 Ski Release Bindings and are made of vertically laminated high quality wood core, with aggressive bevelled edges and torsional stiffness provide amazing hold on hard pack and ice.
Recommended for: advanced to expert riders who seek more manoeuvrability, stability at speed and all mountain freestyle riding. And for intermediate riders who are ready to take a quantum leap in their riding ability. And unlike most skiboards, these have 2 years’ warranty.
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