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The Place to Start

These articles have been selected especially for our newest members, based on the frequency of inquiries on the forums and the collective experience of the EpicSki Community. They're not intended to be the final word but rather to provide a baseline of understanding that will expand and evolve as you advance in the sport. We hope you enjoy the reading and will delve deeper into our collection of excellent articles by established authors and experts and members of our community. Our collection is organized by subject tabs that appear at the top of the page. You are invited to comment on the articles in the space provided and also to take the conversation to our forum discussions to get more input. 

 

Join EpicSki and Get Into Skiing!

Skier's FAQ Sheet

Tips for Beginning Skiers

Exercises For Pre Season Ski Training

Five Key Questions When Buying New Skis

Choosing A Ski Length

Ski Boots--The Most Important Piece of Gear You Will Own

How to Do a Really Cheap Ski Trip

 


15 first run article submissions by the EpicSki community.

Pre-World War II Skiing in Western Pennsylvania

by Rob Davis    In my previous article, A Brief History of Alpine Skiing, I highlighted some of the events and people that have made our sport what it is today. The resort based Alpine Skiing we know had its beginnings in the early 1900s; growing tourism in the Northern European Alps grew the sport through the standardization of ski instruction (Arlberg Technique), media (movies, print, and radio), and mass transportation (rail and auto). By the 1920s the fad had already reached across the Atlantic. North America's ski industry was being formed. Now I would like to... read more

Giving Thanks for Online Ski Forums

Giving Thanks for Online Ski Forums by Jim Kenney   Intro:  If you’re reading this there’s a chance that like me, you have an appreciation for online ski forums.  Pardon my bias, but I think EpicSki is one of the best.  I was first drawn to EpicSki about a decade ago for the stoke; that is, trip reports, photos, and video.  I couldn’t believe the nationwide/international reach of the place for first hand resort accounts, travel advice, and instruction talk.   I also found the site to be an amazing source of info on gear and all manner of cost savings with members... read more

Join EpicSki and Get Into Skiing!

  • by noloESA Coach

What is Epicski and Why Join? 1. EpicSki is a community of dedicated skiers. We are here simply to share our mutual passion for sliding down mountains all over the world and all that entails. Our many forums reflect the spectrum of topics of interest to dedicated skiers, including gear, resorts, instruction, travel, family, adventure, nutrition, fitness and health, and more!    2. Just about every place you can ski has some local Bears. Start a thread or PM them to let know of your plans and ask for advance information. Many resorts have ambassadors on site that... read more

Skier's FAQ Sheet

  • by noloESA Coach

  FAQ's for Skiers How do I pick the right size skis? Standing up, the skis should reach between your chin and your nose. When in doubt, go shorter. If you are a beginner, neck-height is a good start. With rentals, if you want to go shorter or longer, you can easily do that. As a beginner, you’ll often find yourself wanting to go shorter, not longer. What is meant by layering? Layering of clothing. Many beginners make a mistake in wearing the biggest, puffiest, warmest jacket they can find. They often end up too hot. Putting on a number of layers enables you... read more

Safe Skiing Goes Beyond the Code

  • by noloESA Coach

There's no doubt that safe skiing starts with Your Responsibility Code, but that's just the minimum standard if you want to manage risk and prolong your health and well-being as a skier. With that in mind, the EpicSki community has identified these additional Best Practices that have kept them safe from bodily harm over many ski seasons.                                                Part I. All-around Best Practices  1. Get in shape Focus on core strength and flexibility If you want to stretch before skiing, either warm up first or stick with... read more

Ski Boots--The Most Important Piece of Gear You Will Own

by Tyler Wenzel   The fact that we call the sport “skiing” may mislead novice skiers into thinking the ski is the most important piece of gear we use. Yet any ski pro will tell you that their ski boots are without a doubt the most important piece of ski equipment they own. In fact, it's not unheard of for World Cup athletes who switch marketing partners to keep their old boots and do some creative artwork to make them look like they’re from the new company rather than changing to a new boot.   Here's why. Let's say you have a high-end, finely tuned car that performs... read more

Five Key Questions When Buying New Skis

  • by noloESA Coach

  What skis should I buy? EpicSki is a great place to ask this question because we have plenty of experts and peers ready to help you make the right decision. If you come to them with the answers to the following Five Key Questions, your chances of getting a spot-on recommendation (and maybe even scoring a great deal) are increased exponentially.   Where in the world are you skiing?  What kinds of terrain do you prefer (groomed runs, moguls, race course, park'n'pipe, trees, steeps, backcountry/sidecountry) How many days a year do you... read more

How To Do a Really Cheap Ski Trip

  • by noloESA Coach

How To Do a Really Cheap Ski Trip  by Jim Kenney     Table of Contents Introduction General Tips Transportation Lodging Food Lifts Conclusion Random Notes and Links   Introduction OK, really cheap ski tripping is sleeping in the car, changing clothes at the gas station rest room, and sneaking onto the slopes. The subject of this magnum opus is one notch above that level of fiscal constraint. Grizzled globe trekkers may chuckle at the self evident information I offer, but perhaps less experienced ski travelers can glean useful advice for saving money as... read more

Keep Your Feet Warm

  • by noloESA Coach

Keep Your Feet Warm by Dan Egan     So you have cold feet and it keeps you in the lodge and off the lift, here are a few tips for keeping the digits toasty this winter.   Always dry your boots at night and for me that means take the bladders out and dry the shell and the bladders separately. Keep the boots warm on the way to the mountain and make your way quickly into the base lodge with them when you unload. Never wear your ski socks to the mountain.  Especially if you have a drive longer than 10 minutes. Put on a fresh pair of socks in the... read more

Tips For Beginning Skiers

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