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A Beginner’s Guide to Ski Gear

If you’re heading up to the mountains for your very first ski nz trip, you may not know exactly what ski gear you need to bring along. If you fall into the hands of the wrong salesperson, you can end up spending thousands of dollars more than what was necessary. However, you definitely need the type of gear that will keep you safe on the slopes. Use the tips in this article to get the best value — and the best experience.

Get the right boots and bindings

Make sure that you choose boots that are waterproof and warm (most ski boots are), but also stay away from longer boot legs. You will want to have flexibility at your ankles, and longer boot legs can hinder your mobility. Even if you’re in a hurry, if you’re renting boots, make sure that you try the boots on before you leave the store. Shoe sizes vary from one brand to the next, and you don’t want boots that will cut off your circulation or slide around on your feet. Also, make sure that the bindings on your skis fit well with the boots that you select. This will keep you safe as you cruise down the mountainside.

Choose skis and poles that are right for you

Ski rental costs can vary widely, and the biggest variable is the material. You can rent skis made of wood, metal or fiberglass, or composite blends. Each type of ski works well, but the different materials work more optimally with different fields of snow. If you ask the salesperson, you’re more likely to be offered the most expensive skis, so talk to someone else who has skied at the resort before and is knowledgeable about skiing for the best type for you. When you are picking a pole, make sure that the handle stands just a little above your waist when the pole stands vertically. This ensures that the pole helps you to get down the mountain instead of making your task more difficult.

Remember to protect your eyes

If you have ever been outside on a snowy day, you know how that soft white layer on the earth’s surface can turn into a blinding reflection of the sun’s light. This is why you need goggles — not just to keep flying snow out of your eyes but also to shade your eyes from the sun. Yellow or brown lenses within a plastic frame work well, and they are often available for a reasonable amount of money. If you lose your goggles on a run, bite the bullet and get another pair before you head back up the lift. Your eyes will thank you — and you won’t lose sight of the slope and end up heading right for the wrong tree.

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Choosing the right ski gear is vital for having an experience on the slopes that is both safe and fun. This article covers the most basic gear you will need to get up and down the slope. Put these tips to work for you so that you have the best trip possible.