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 Ski Resources | Ski Equipment | Advice about your ski equipment
 
  Advice about your ski eqipment
 
 How to Dress in Layers?

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Base Layer Clothing
Dressing in layers is essential on any cold ski day. On the top of the mountain, it may be windy and cold, and you need to be prepared for this. You can always remove a layer if the sun comes out and warms up the mountain, but if not, layers are sure to keep you warm. Dressing in layers is key to staying warm on any day of skiing.

The first layer you will need to wear is your long underwear (a shirt and pants). Old "long-johns" made out of cotton, wool, or flannel will not keep you comfortable on the slopes. Instead, Breathable under-layers that wick perspiration away from your body and eliminate that cold, clammy feeling are excellent, and they are available at many stores for inexpensive prices.

Mid-Layer Clothing
The next layer is your mid-layer, an insulating layer. For this layer, you can wear anything from a sweater, a turtleneck, or an insulating shirt designed to keep you warm or comfortable without adding extra weight. Some skiers choose to wear vests, and some skiers choose sweatshirts as an insulating layer. Whatever you choose, make sure that what you wear will keep you warm, as this layer is essential to keep you comfortable.

Ski Attire: Optional Fleece Layer
Some skiers choose to wear a fleece layer under their ski jacket. This layer isn't always fleece - sometimes, it is a warm "soft-shell" jacket. This layer isn't necessary, but it will keep you warm on days that are especially cold or windy.

Ski Attire: Outer Layer
A ski jacket and ski pants are your most expensive layer, but they are also your most important layer. A ski jacket will protect you from the elements, and you have many jacket styles to choose from. The two main jacket styles are insulated jackets and shell jackets. Insulated jackets will not only shield you from wind, snow, and rain, but they are will keep you warm and comfortable. Shell jackets will shield you from harsh elements, but they are not insulated so they will not keep you as warm as insulated jackets.
Ski pants are also available in insulated or shell styles, and are essential for keeping you completely warm and comfortable


 
 How to fit boots?

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Before you buy or rent ski boots, it's very important to make sure that the boots fit appropriately. The next step is to make sure that your boots are adjusted for optimal skiing.

Try Before You Buy or Rent
Not all ski boots that have the same size will fit the same way. Some brands of boots have wider widths, others have low-arched or flat feet. Try your boots on with the socks that you will be wearing skiing. The boots should feel snug on your foot. Make sure that the boots are comfortable. There's nothing much worse than skiing all day on boots that make your feet sore. You may have to try on several pairs to find a boot that fits correctly.

Entry Point
Ski boots will either be top entry or rear entry. With rear entry, you slip your foot into the boot from the back. With top entry, insert your foot from the top.

Tighten the Clips
Once your feet are in the boots, you can latch the clips to tighten the boot. Rear entry boots typically have one clip, while top entry boots have as many as four clips you can use to adjust the fit of the ski boot.

Tighten the Power Strap
Most ski boots have a Velcro strap called a power strap, across the top of the boot. Pull it tight to adjust the fit of your boots, so they are tight on your calves and shins.

Once Your Boots are Buckled
Once you've tightened the clips and the strap, make sure that you're comfortable. You don't want the boots to be too tight (and cut off your circulation) or too loose, which will impede your skiing. Be sure that you have room to move your toes. When you bend your knees, make sure that your heel stays put and your foot doesn't move up. If your foot is sliding in the boot, rebuckle it so it's tighter.

Before You Buy Ski Boots
The most important rule for buying that first pair of boots is go to a respectable ski shop, preferably a specialty store with experienced salespeople who are themselves skiers. Better yet, search out a store with boot certified sales and service personnel. Then, have a trained boot fitter adjust your boots for you.

 

 

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