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Selecting Ski Protection for Beginners

Updated on August 22, 2014

Safe Skiing Is About More Than Just Skis!

A safe and successful ski experience depends on a careful selection of protective ski gear!
A safe and successful ski experience depends on a careful selection of protective ski gear! | Source

Good Ski Protection Makes Your Ski Trip Great!

Before you set out on your first ski trip, it is important you have just the right equipment. This is especially true of ski protection. Naturally, you want to look great; however, safety should be your watchword when skiing.

Of course, you will need to get your ski boots, poles and skis. When you first start out, you may be completely baffled as to which skis to choose. Remember that you will go much faster with longer, wider skis, and you will enjoy more stability. On the other hand, it's easier to turn when your skis are smaller. One way to choose is to stand them on end beside you. They should stand at chest height.

Your poles should be a comfortable height for you to hold securely. Their purpose is to provide you with balance and help you prevent injuries, so take your time in selecting them and make sure they are just right.

Just as with any other footwear, your ski boots should be comfortable and secure. If you feel pressure points when trying them on, the store may be able to make adjustments. Try on lots of boots and make certain you get a proper fit before you ever hit the slopes. You can rent ski boots, just as you can rent bowling shoes; however, if you plan on some serious skiing, you should buy your own boots.

Invest In Good Ski Protection

No matter what level of skier you are, you should wear a helmet. If you fall and hit your head on a rock or ice, you could be seriously injured or even killed. Try on a good number of helmets and make sure you get a secure and comfortable fit that does not interfere with your ability to see and hear. You will also need sunglasses and goggles to protect your eyes and the delicate skin around them from the cold wind, the sun and the reflective glare. You can wear wraparound goggles over sunglasses. Alternately, if you wear prescription glasses, you may want shaded goggles. Of course, you can simply wear these alone if you don't need prescription lenses.

Be sure to get a good pair of gloves to protect your hands and keep them warm. Additionally, good gloves improve your grip on your poles. When you fall, your hands will be protected against scrapes and perhaps even some fractures if you have a good pair of gloves. Your gloves should be water resistant, but they should also allow your hands to "breathe" so you don't get a sweat buildup and dampness in them.

All of your ski clothing should be designed to wick moisture away from your body while simultaneously keeping moisture out. You want to stay dry while skiing so that you don't get chilled or suffer from hypothermia.

Be sure to dress in layers and be prepared. For added facial protection, you may want a scarf, bandanna or balaclava (ski mask). Carry a whistle and a small emergency kit in the pocket of your parka to be prepared in case a mishap causes you to go missing. By selecting your ski protection with care, you can be sure of enjoying a safe ski trip.



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    • SallyTX profile image

      Sally Branche 3 years ago from Only In Texas!

      Thanks Flourish! ;D

    • FlourishAnyway profile image

      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      The explanation of what skis go faster and how to choose poles help for people who know nothing about the subject. Thank you!