Pelican Shops

How to Pick the Right Skis?

Pelican Shops is your premiere ski and snowboard shop on the East Coast.  With 5 locations, Pelican has one of the most comprehensive selections of all the latest gear and styles.  Our seasoned sales staff will work closely with you to determine exactly what you are looking for and what you might need to make your experience on the mountain enjoyable! 


Skiing Ability

As with Skis, Women's snowboards differ than men's. As we all know, Women are just different, all the right ways of course – and their riding equipment so reflect those differences. Some of the differences you may find in women's snowboards will include: Waist Size, Shorter Board, Softer Flex & Ligher Weight


This is the level for skiers who are just begining thier ski career. The skier has typically either never skied before or has skied only a few times. Beginner skiers are characterized as making wedge turns (pizza) on groomed, mellow terrain.

Advacned Beginner

When a skier is comfortable on the green runs (beginner runs) and is beginning to ski on some blue runs (intermediate runs). Advanced beginners are starting to incorporate parallel positioning into the completion phase of thier turns. The advanced beginner may make wedge turns and traverse the fall line with their skis parallel.


An intermediate skier is comfortable skiing on groomed blue runs with relative ease. The intermediate skier is working toward making completely parallel turns. The intermediate skier may use a small wedge before the turn to control their speed, while the completion of the turn and traverse to the next turn is made in a parallel position. The intermediate skier often retreats to the wedge position when they are uncomfortable on steeper or variable terrain.

Advanced Intermediate

The skier is comfortable on all blues and is capable of skiing some black diamonds and varied terrain. The advanced intermediate skier is capable of making skidded parallel turns on most terrain at moderate to higher speeds. Advacned intermediate skiers are also using pole plants to help maintain proper timing and body positioning.


Advanced skiers are comfortable skiing black diamonds and varied terrain. Advanced skiers are capable of making large and small radius carved turns at higher speeds on advanced terrain. Advanced skiers also use pole plants to help maintain proper timing and body positioning.


Expert skiers are comfortable skiing at high speeds on all terrain including groomers, tracked powder, powder, moguls, etc. Expert skiers are capable of making large and small radius carved turns at high speeds on advanced terrain in any snow conditions. Expert skiers also use pole plants to help maintain proper timing and body positioning.

Ski Size

To determine the size ski you need, it’s best to speak with one of our experienced Ski people.  There are many things to determine – including, but not limited to: personal preference, skier ability, terrain and types of conditions you usually ski in, weight, and height.

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All Stores Individually Owned and Operated. Not All Merchandise/Sales at All Locations. Please contact your local Pelican for Details

  • Whitehouse, NJ

    Whitehouse, NJ

    (908) 534-2534


  • Morris Plains, NJ

    Morris Plains, NJ

    (973) 267-0964


  • East Brunswick, NJ

    East Brunswick, NJ

    (732) 254-5115


  • Quakertown, PA

    Quakertown, PA

    (215) 538-2922



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