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Tips on Ski Equipment for Beginners

Purchasing the right ski equipment should be one of your top priorities, especially if you have never been on the slopes before. While it’s important to look good, it’s even more important to be as safe as possible when you’re on the mountain. Here is some information that should help you achieve both of those objectives.

You’ll obviously need skis, boots, and poles. Beginners often have a hard time choosing their skis, but one rule of thumb is that the bigger they are in length and width, the faster you will go and the more stable you will be. The smaller they are, the easier it will be to turn. They should reach the level of your chest when you stand them on end.

Your boots will be a very important factor in determining whether or not your experience will be a good one. Many people think boots will be naturally painful but that is a myth. Take your time and make sure they fit before you get on the mountain. If you plan on hitting the slopes on a regular basis, you may want to consider buying boots. Make sure your sales associate takes the time to ensure a proper fit. If you find that there are certain pressure points that make you uncomfortable, your store should provide adjustments whenever you need them. Poles are another piece of ski equipment that you can’t do without, so make sure they are of the right length so you can stay in balance and not be injured.

Protective Ski Equipment
A good helmet is a must if you are just starting out so that your head will be protected if you fall on an icy run. Again, you need to speak with a professional so that you are assured of getting exactly the right fit. Goggles and sunglasses will also be necessary. While sunglasses will protect your eyes from glare, they won’t do much to keep the wind and air out of your face while you’re moving. You will probably be better off purchasing goggles instead for maximum protection. Talk to your sales associate about the different types of lenses to make sure they’re right for you.

Gloves are also critical, not just for keeping a good grip on your poles but for also helping to keep you as warm as possible. If you fall, they can also provide your hands an extra level of protection. Make sure they are breathable and resistant to water. When buying clothes, make sure they will help you stay as dry as possible. Talk to your associate about what type of layering you may need to consider to stay your warmest. You’ll also want to keep a bandana in your pocket for added protection from wind and rain.

Andrew Stratton