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Ski Equipment You Need

Updated on September 12, 2011

Whether you are an expert skier or one that wants to start skiing all of us make a mental or written checklist of the things that we need to go skiing. In order to have the best experience skiing there are many things that you will want to have on that checklist. There is specific ski equipment that you will want to own or that you can rent and then there is the ski equipment that you need to purchase or pull from your own wardrobe. Let’s take a look at some of the ski equipment that you will want to own, borrow or rent:

Skis: There are several things to consider when choosing skis. Some of the first things you will want to think about when purchasing skis is your experience and ability. If you are just beginning to ski it makes sense to rent skis for a couple of reasons. One of the first reasons to rent is to make sure that you like the sport. The other one is that as you rent skis you find characteristics of skis that you like and don’t like. That helps in your purchasing.

Ski Poles: This piece of ski equipment is critical for improving balance, speed and acceleration.

Ski Snow Boots: They play a very critical role in enjoying your experience when skiing. You need to understand that the boots can make a difference in your safety. If your feet are hurting, because the boots are too small or if you are having a hard time maneuvering because the boots are too big can make a huge difference.

Goggles: This is an important piece of ski equipment so that you don’t hurt your eyes as the snow flies in around you as you go down the mountain. If you where glasses, don’t count on them to be your goggles. It is important to have goggles that cover your glasses so that they don’t get broken, scratched or any other damage.

Helmet: We often hear in the news of people crashing into trees or other elements in the mountains while skiing. A helmet may not be as popular with skiing, but it can be critical to saving your life. Accidents do happen and they are out of our control. There are things that are in our control and being prepared with a helmet on while skiing is one of them.

Ski Gloves: You might have mittens or gloves at your home and they might be sufficient for skiing, but you will want to take a serious look at your gloves. It is critical that you can maneuver your fingers around easily in the gloves and that they will keep your hands warm as you are skiing down the mountain. If you lose feeling in your fingers it is difficult to hold onto your ski poles and can affect your whole body.

Ski Boot Bag: This is an optional piece of ski equipment, but will help protect your boots.

Bag: This is not a grocery bag or even a small backpack. You will want something that you can keep all of your gear and clothes inside. It is nice to have a place to put your items as you take them off so that you don’t lose items and you can store them for your next ski trip.

This list of basic ski equipment can help provide you with a great experience on the mountain. These are things that you can usually borrow, purchase or rent. It definitely becomes the most profitable to purchase if you are going to ski often and want to travel around to different ski resorts. Besides this list of basic actual equipment here are some pieces of clothing that you will want to have in order to keep yourself warm and protected from the elements. These items can be things that you might have in your home.

Base Layer of clothes: You will want this to be tops and bottoms. Don’t take for granted that either one or the other might stay warm. Thermals are a great base to help protect your body from the elements. You will want something that is lightweight and tight fitting so that it can keep the heat in and the perspiration out.
Turtleneck or a shirt that is long sleeve and protects your neck from the elements: It is important to have something that protects your neck from the elements. The last thing you need is snow flying up and getting underneath your shirt. This just causes you to get wet and cold quickly.

Sweater or Fleece: The base layer and the turtleneck or other shirt is what you will want to wear when you get done skiing. Then you have additional layers to help protect you while skiing. A sweater or fleece helps with this.

Ski Socks: You will want thermal or other very warm socks. It is always good to have a couple of pairs of socks.

Ski Pants: This might sound like common sense, but you will want to make sure you have pants that are insulated and waterproof.

Ski Jacket: This is the same as the ski pants. You will want a jacket / coat that are insulated and waterproof.

Something to protect your neck: The turtleneck can help protect your neck, but it doesn’t hurt to have an additional layer to protect your neck.

Hat: You will want some type of hat, even if you choose to wear a helmet. It can be something fleece or a knitted hat that can protect your head from the cold. There are several different types of hats that can provide fun, color and warmth for anyone.

Headband: It is also good to have a headband to help keep the water and snow from coming down into your face.

With these items you will find yourself keeping warm and your skiing experience can be all you want it to be. Remember to dress in layers, because it is easier to remove layers as you get warm than to add layers, especially if you don’t have layers to add. Get the best skis equipment and hit the slopes today. Need some inspiration for your skiing check out these Christian inspiration stories.


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