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i think the point though, is if you ask a basic question like this, you're going to get dumped on.
As with most forums, at least put some effort and don't just ask people to spoon feed you everything and you'll get the most out of it.
Like type your question into google and at least put in 2cents of effort. That's why they literally have the meme "let me google that for you". Seriously, just do this, and you'll find the threads already.
If you want to be spoonfed, because you can't be bothered to search and want others to do it for you, go to a store and a salesman or an instructor will do it with the expectation of service in exchange for fee. It rubs people the wrong way because it makes people feel you think your time is worth more than theirs.
The best threads that will get you help are if you've already done research and are stuck between choices, and need an Opinion between the choices, not when you have no choices through obvious lack of effort.
Next, if you get riled up by responses that don't give you the answer, you should ignore them, otherwise this will just spiral into just personal attacks. Remember who's asking for help and who's needing help and what is your goal of this thread? To prove you're right or to get info you want?
If you look around the site a bit you will find some articles on selecting equipment. For poles it will tell you to put the pole upside down and have the handle touching the ground and your grip just below (i.e. lower than with the poles upside down) the baskets and your elbow bent at 90 degrees. That should get you in the right ball park.
They are not absolutely needed, but they do help with balance, and some folks incorporate pole movements into learning proper timing and body positioning.
I live in the south. So I'd probably make a once a year trip... as far as what I like.. I like skiing glades. More back country type stuff. Not a big fan of groomers.. just skiing down a groomed slope is rather boring to me..I like to gwt off the beaten path if you know what I mean. I like to hit jumps. I'm not a park person..
Poles come in real handy when navigating through trees searching for a line, especially when the snow is soft. Handy also in the liftline to go forward and to prevent sliding back into someone. For proper technique they are to be used while skiing, not just brought along.
For me they matter and are a must-have.
Use'em or lose'em. Your call.
This does a good job explaining what poles are good for and how to use them
At this point I'm asking myself, what "trees" did you do at Whitefish?
I also recall using poles as brush guards exploring the back country.
Caveat, that also brings back a memory of how scratched up my legs were when I ended up going through some hawthorn bushes. When I was skiing I didn't really think it was anything to write home about, even after someone pointed out that the bottom of my jeans were leaking, but I had to take the next day off skiing for the scratches to heal up a bit; legs were good to go two days later, and my mother in law was able to sew up my jeans (Circa 1985).
Note to self: Climb back up instead of going through hawthorn.
Nothing wrong with novices going where they want, so long as they are willing to take their lumps.
I suggest OP learn about tree wells and not go out back when Avy danger is moderate or above.
I'll give you guys something else to talk shit about... I bought a pair of skis.. 2012 line blend. Just cause I thought looked good.. in whitefish might I add. Used them 1 day. And haven't used them again. Cause the boots I bought killed my feet... anybody cate to tell me what kind of skis I bought.. and 8 can read what the website says..
That's a great ski. There is a lot of boot info here.
Ya know, I have a similar issue and I've always thought my boots were a bit too big... Aside from inevitably buying new boots, what's a temporary fix for this? Know of any?