What To Take Skiing
No matter whether you are completely new to skiing or if you are a seasoned pro, everyone needs to know what to take skiing in order to have a fun and safe time out on the slopes. Here is what you need to know.
- Ski clothing. Regardless of how much skiing experience you happen to have, there are some items of ski clothing that no skier should be without. These items include thermal underwear, waterproof pants, an insulated coat, skiing socks, a couple layers of comfortable shirts and an insulated jacket. The United States Consumer Product Safety Commissions has found that loosely fit clothing has been the cause of many injuries on the slopes, so be sure to where items that fit your body.
- Ski goggles. A basic set of ski goggles is considered essential for skiing in most conditions. New skiers can probably get by with a cheap pair of ski goggles for their first trip or two, while serious skiers will often invest a sizable amount of money in this piece of equipment. For the best ski equipment, be sure to find a pair that fit you your head well and create a complete seal around your eyes.
Ski gloves. When it comes to the best ski equipment, most skiers can get by with any winter gloves that offer plenty of traction and flexibility. More experienced skiers should invest in name brand ski gloves that will last for many seasons to come.
- Ski boots. Ski boots are one of those items that a novice skier can simply rent before they hit the slopes, while more experienced skiers will absolutely insist on bringing their own. If you are renting a pair of ski boots, do not let the staff rush you into choosing a pair that does not fit perfectly. Be sure that the boots give you plenty of support for your ankle and will not allow friction to create blisters on your feet while you are skiing. If you are a hardcore skier who is flying to a particular region to ski, you might consider carrying your best ski equipment and boots on board the plane so that they are not misplaced during your flight.
- Sunscreen. No matter who you are or where you are skiing, never hit the slopes without applying plenty of sunscreen to your face and any other exposed areas. Carry some sunscreen with you and remember to reapply the lotion once every couple hours. Any water-resistant sunscreen with a SPF of 30 or more will work fine.
- Pain medication. Just about everyone will feel some aches and pains after a day of skiing, and having some over the counter pain medication to share can make you the hero of your group. Be sure to take at least two types of pain medication for your party, as some individuals are unable to take aspirin or Tylenol.
- Skis and Ski Poles. Most casual skiers will get by just fine by renting their skis at their final destination, but it is important to rent the best ski equipment for your particular body and frame. Work with the staff at the rental office to find the perfect skis and ski poles for your height and build, and take your time until you find equipment that you are sure that you will be comfortable with. If you are planning on purchasing your own skis and ski poles, ask your experience fellow skiers what brands and styles they prefer the most and read plenty of product reviews before you invest on the best ski equipment that you are able to afford.
Posted on: Aug. 22, 2010