Equipment

Before you even head for the snow, be sure that you are fully equipped with all the necessary equipment.  You can buy these, or, if the budget is limited, you can also rent some of your equipment.  A lot of ski resorts have ski equipment available for rent.

Here is a list of things you will need:

-    Skis: A good choice would be an integrated binding system, which combines the ski with binding that ensures that your boots are firmly in place.  Skis are invariably made from materials suck as Kevlar, Titanium, glass fiber or a combination of these.  Sometimes skis may also have a wooden core.  The ski binding really depends on the type of skiing discipline you want to do.  What we suggest is that you first rent your skis, so that you more or le

ss get a feel of what works best for you even before you make a substantial investment towards a pair of skis.  Make sure that the length of your skis is suitable to your level of skill.  It is best to as for assistance while at the ski store as they are more knowledgeable about the skis that will suit you.

-    Ski binding:  The bindings make sure your boots are firmly attached to your skis.  Be sure to ask help from a certified technician when purchasing bindings, as the choice for the correct ones depends on your weight, height and skier classification.  Ski bindings should work just right – they should release while you are falling but should stay put when you are skiing.

-    Ski poles: These ensure that you are balanced, as well as help you accelerate and speed up the trails.

-    Ski boots: There is a wide range of choices when it comes to ski boots – the padded ones for beginners and the stiffer ones for the more experienced, as well as rear-entry, mid-entry and front-entry ski boots.  Make sure that your ski boots fit properly.  Ill-fitting boots may spell the difference between enjoying your day at the slopes and wasting time trying to deal with discomfort brought about by your ill-fitting shoes.

-    Goggles: Goggles are very essential, particularly when there is high wind.  Of course, check that the goggles you have enable you to see clearly.  This is especially important for those who wear eye glasses or corrective lenses.  There are goggles you can wear over your eyeglasses.

-    Headgear (helmet and sunglasses):  DO NOT forget to include the helmet in your checklist.  You will need it to protect you from impacts and trauma you may experience because of falls and other accidents.  Your life may depend on whether you are wearing a helmet or not. Be sure that the helmet you have on is properly fitted so that you are not just protected, but comfortable as well.  Sunglasses, meanwhile, help to filter strong light so that you don’t have to deal with the glare of the sun as you ski.  Remember, the snow reflects the glare and may make it harder on you to see.

-    Ski suit: Generally, a ski suit is made of waterproof or water resistant material that also offers protection against the wind.  Along with warm underwear, the ski suit ensures that the skier feels nice and warm.

-    Plenty of warm clothes: This includes a ski jacket and ski pants (waterproof and insulated), turtleneck or sweeter, and long underwear (choose the kind that wards of moisture and prevents it from soaking up into the skin).  Also, be sure to bring mittens or gloves – two pairs would be ideal, so that when one pair gets wet, you have a backup ready for use.  Other important ski clothing include a helmet liner and a neck gaiter (which serves to keep your neck toasty warm).

-    Ski wax: Glide wax is used to make sure that your skis glide smoothly, particularly when it rains.  This wax helps eliminate drag, thus enabling you to have better control of your skis and to also increase your speed.  For cross-country skiing, be sure to apply kick waxes to that part of the ski which extends from below the area of the foot.  As its name suggests, this wax helps the skier propel himself forward.

The choices may seem overwhelming but the important thing is that you have the complete set and that the set must fit you well.  Remember to check all your equipment before you even hit the slopes.  That way, you ensure not just your safety but the safety of other skiers as well.

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