ski equipment advice

Ski Equipment Advice


Ski Boots

Boots should fit comfortably with one pair of ski socks on (long enough to come up past the top of the boot, because any seams, folds, or uneven material will cause a pressure after a while). The boot should fasten snuggly round the top of the leg so that you can only slip one or two fingers between your leg and the boot. Toes should be relaxed at the front of the boot, but not swimming in space. The fore foot should be held with no lateral movement whatsoever. Clips should NOT need to be on their maximum (last) closure as this gives no room for adjustment during the day and is a good indicator that the boots may be too big (i.e. if you have to crank the buckles to the maximum in order to hold your foot properly).

*Tip - Visit your pharmacist and purchase some Arnica gel/cream, and/or grab some shin shields from a ski shop. When you start skiing sometimes your shins can become a little tired, Arnica will help reduce any inflammation & bruising.

Skis

Beginners
Nearly all shops out there will be able to give you correct equipment fit for beginners; this type of ski is usually fairly soft and stands at about shoulder height. The shape of the ski is fairly subtle, all of these features make them easier to slide and skid which is much easier to learn on and will get you progressing easily.
Intermediate
Skis in this category carry a little more pronounced 'hour glass' shape (sidecut), and camber but still maintain a fairly soft construction. The shape makes the ski a little more reactive through different types of turns, allowing you to experiment with different techniques and feel the results without getting thrown around.
Advanced (piste)
Skis begin to have more choice in the advanced category. Piste oriented skis are usually between 60 - 70 mm at the waist, carry a pronounced sidecut and stiffer construction. This will make them more responsive, pay attention to the length and turn radius to choose a ski that's appropriate for the response you want.
Advanced (all mountain)
All mountain skis have a slightly wider waist to give better stability in variable snow conditions while still being able to make the most from a sidecut. The profile of these skis can vary - camber/rocker have a regular camber until the tip/tail where the skis rocker upwards. The length and rise of this rocker portion on all mountain skis will vary according to the intended purpose the more rocker the more it will be oriented towards variable snow.
Advanced (off piste)
There are an enormous amount of variations to the shape and profile of pure off piste skis all of which will affect how easily the ski will float, how stable it will be at speed in soft snow, how easy it is to recover from mistakes, and how easy it is to turn.
More rocker means better floatation and easier to turn, however the more rocker means on more packed snow the ski will become less stable. Which shape, size, and stiffness to choose all depend on the type of skiing you will be doing, now the strengths and weaknesses of all these options are too extensive to go into here, so if you want more advice come and ski with us.
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