Guide To Alpine Ski Equipment


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Your Guide To Alpine Ski Equipment

There are few sensations that can match the joys of Alpine skiing - once you learn the skills. You glide down a snow-covered mountain, cutting through a crisp breeze. You're enjoying a winter playground with your friends, your family. You control your speed, your destiny, with subtle body movements. You reach the bottom of the hill energized, invigorated and with a smile so big your face hurts. THIS is Alpine skiing at its best! See below.....

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Of course,  skiing also can be a little intimidating for first-timers or those who are re-entering the sport after a long absence. This guide is designed to soothe your fears and give you some basic information that will help get you started the right wa

                             Gear Up - Skis, Boots and Poles________________

Before renting or purchasing equipment, ask yourself a few questions: How often will you ski? Will you ski only on a vacation or also near where you live? Determining your projected commitment level will help you decide whether to rent, lease or buy skis, boots, and poles.

To Rent or Buy? Here are the options:

Ultimately, owning your equipment allows you continuity as you progress through skiing's learning stages and can also save you time and money in the long run.

Ski Boots

There are a number of different styles of boots, but the most important thing is that the boots are comfortable and fit your feet.




Measure up
Skis are measured in centimeters (cm). Your ski length will depend on your ability, height and weight. A rental shop technician will help you decide on the appropriate length.


 The retention setting on bindings are measured in "DIN," which stands for Deutsche Industrie Norm. In general, the higher your weight and skiing ability, the higher the DIN setting. Have a ski shop technician determine and set your DIN for you.

Poles are measured in inches.



Get going
First-time skiers should always take a lesson from a qualified ski instructor.Don't trust a friend to teach you to ski, and don't jeopardize your relationship by allowing your significant other to serve as instructor. 

 Call ahead to the local area or destination resort to find out about beginner lessons and any special deals that might be available.

Family Matters: Skiing is one of the few sports that families can enjoy together, and many areas and shops offer special family discounts. Keep a few things in mind when you're getting equipment for junior skiers:

For further information see our page on "Rocker Technology".