The beginners guide to skiing and finding the equipment you need.
While the cold, snowy winter weather has a tendency to drive people inside, into the warmth and comfort of their own homes, the onset of big, fluffy snowflakes and a drop in temperature can have the complete opposite effect on those who love winter sports. For an outdoor enthusiast, a fresh snow fall does not only mean the start of the winter season and the search for a new winter coat
, but it also means the start to a plethora of new outdoor activities.
Whether you are an active snowboarder, snowmobiler, cross country skier or winter hiker, there is no shortage of outdoor activities to plan during the cold months of December through March. In fact, depending on where you live across the country, some of these fun winter sports may even last longer than those that take place in warmer weather.
However, when it comes to outdoor winter activities, there is one sport that ranks one of the single most popular sports during the snowy months--skiing. However, before you actually learn how to ski and get out on the slopes, you first need to get ready for all that this wonderful winter sport has to offer.
Unfortunately, when it comes to skis and accessories
, it can be a little overwhelming between all of the different features, performance options, looks, colors and sizes. In order to help you decide which type of gear is best for your first time on the slopes, we have put together some basic information about ski gear and what you need to know before you hit the powder.
Finding The Right Skis
When choosing the skis that are best for your activity, your preferred style of skiing
will be one of the most important determining factors. For instance, you will need to match your terrain preferences with the appropriate type of ski to determine whether or not you will need all-mountain equipment, twin tips or backcountry skis. Luckily, in the last few decades of the sport, there has been a lot of crossover between the different types of ski styles, which makes for a lot of multi-purpose skis that are designed to perform well in a variety of different environments.
Buying Your Boots
Ski boots are perhaps the most important link between yourself and your skis when you are on the slopes. Therefore, when you are searching for the perfect pair of boots, you want to ensure that you are focusing on fit and performance
, rather than style and color. When trying on your boots, be sure that the fit is snug and that your heel remains in place when you flex your knee and ankle forward into the boot. It also helps to wear a medium-weight sock when trying on boots to account for the type of gear you will be wearing outside.
Skiing is one outdoor sport that requires a lot of necessary equipment to go along with your boots and skis. For instance, you will need a pair of bindings to hold your boots to the skis, and to help you reduce vibration when you are heading down the slopes.
Poles are another skiing accessory that will help you with your balance and rhythm
when you are gliding down the hill. Most poles are made from either aluminum, fiberglass or graphite and are sized for each specific persons needs. A standard sizing strategy is to hold your arms down at your sides, bent 90 degrees at the elbow with your hands in fists, and then to measure from your thumbs to the ground.
Skiing is a great way to get outside and really explore all of fun that winter sports and activities have to offer. However, before you hit the slopes, make sure you are ready and prepared for a fun, safe run outside in the winter weather.