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This showed up in my Google News this AM, couldn't believe it:  http://sports.yahoo.com/ski/news?slug=ycn-10290371.  Hope the guy didn't get paid for it.  Left out BOOTS, for crying out loud!!! 

 

Top Five Pieces of Equipment for Skiing

As we approach the skiing season, many people wonder, "What are the most important things that I need, in order to go skiing?" Some things, such as skis, are rather obvious; others, such as goggles, which may not seem important, are less obvious.

The key to skiing equipment is to get something that suits what kind of skiing you are doing (cross country or downhill), and should also suit your particular enthusiasm for skiing. If you are a casual skier who goes out three or four times a year, you don't necessarily need top-of-the-line equipment.

 

If you are going every weekend, you will want to get the highest quality equipment you can.

Skis

The most essential piece of equipment for skiing are, of course, skis. The type of skiing you are participating in will determine what kind of ski you need.

If you are participating in cross-country skiing, you will want a longer, lighter ski than if you are participating in alpine (downhill) skiing; this will prevent you from wearing out on a long excursion. A good quality, carbon-fiber ski, such as the Rossignol Evo Glade, will last you a long time.

Ski Poles

Ski poles are just as essential, as they help to control your direction, and also help to propel you across the ground. The key is to select a pole length that feels most comfortable for you. You will also want your skis to be made of a sturdy material, such as aluminum or carbon-fiber. The K2 Lockjaw is good for the casual skier, as it can be adjusted for an individual skiers height.

Ski Helmets

More important for alpine skiing than cross country, ski helmets are designed to protect the head during any (inevitable) falls. One key is to make sure that the helmet is designed to allow a comfortable fit for snow goggles (many helmets are made to support this). The Giro G10 Snow Helmet is made with this design.

Ski Goggles

Important in both downhill and cross-country skiing, goggles help to keep snow out of your eyes, as well as protect the eyes from sunlight reflecting off of the snow on the ground. Bolle Gravity Polarized Goggles are excellent for downhill skiing.

Water-Proof Clothing

Light clothing is usually best for cross country; slightly heavier clothing may be more appropriate for alpine skiing. The waterproof aspect is most important for that inevitable fall into the snow; it will help keep you dry, which can prevent any potential bout with hypothermia. A coat, such as the Columbia Bugaboo 3-in-1, and pants, such as the Columbia Chilliwack Pants, are great, waterproof clothes for skiing.

post #2 of 12

Some real words of wisdom there.  Without that sage advice I might have ended up on the XC trails with my powder skis and down parka!

 

I have, on occasion forgotten boots, so this article wouldn't save me.

post #3 of 12

Whereas the internet is (has been) mostly a decent source of  information, I'm not sure it isn't also becoming the instrument of dumbing down humanity.  I remember the first experiences; I went, wow, just type and it's real in this medium. that may be the problem.

post #4 of 12

In his profile the author claims to be a ninja. Ninjas need adjustable poles, but not skiboots.

post #5 of 12

Me thinks the author has never  skied, yet was assigned to write a ski article.  No one who is proficient at skiing would ever forget to mention the single most important piece of ski equipment.  No useful info here.

 

Rick G

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Originally Posted by rickg View Post

Me thinks the author has never  skied, yet was assigned to write a ski article.  No one who is proficient at skiing would ever forget to mention the single most important piece of ski equipment.  No useful info here.

 

Rick G



You of course mean bindings, right  wink.gif

 

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 No one who is proficient at skiing would ever forget to mention the single most important piece of ski equipment.  

 

 



A credit card?

 

I also participate on a barefoot running forum. Some of the posters over there aspire to be barefoot for ALL activities, and question the necessity of footwear for anything. I have joked with them that I plan to start barefoot skiing. Maybe the author is one of those guys.

post #8 of 12

The fact that the guy who wrote this cited the Giro G10 helmet makes me want to get rid of mine.  wink.gif

post #9 of 12

Interesting, that article doesn't seem to exist anymore.

 

Never mind, there is a period at the end of the link which hoses it up.


Edited by mtcyclist - 10/27/11 at 12:47pm
post #10 of 12

My guess was plugging gear for a paycheck. Happens all the time.

 

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but you forget there were no brands signing up to promote boots for the article. 

 

They go out to all the brands and say they are writing a fluff piece featuring ski products for promotion.  for X dollars, they can get thier products on the list or if they buy so much ad space, they will get featured. We have this in my industry too.  
 

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Originally Posted by rickg View Post

Me thinks the author has never  skied, yet was assigned to write a ski article.  No one who is proficient at skiing would ever forget to mention the single most important piece of ski equipment.  No useful info here.

 

Rick G



 

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Originally Posted by madMads View Post

In his profile the author claims to be a ninja. Ninjas need adjustable poles, but not skiboots.

Ninjas only ski on Cochise's, and of course do it barefoot, using poles with actual blades for tips. OTOH, ninjas don't need helmets, either, because they have their heads already covered. Confusing. 
 

 

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