Whether you want to rip up the slopes on skis or a snowboard, there are a number of equipment items you will need to acquire. It is important to remember that not all ski and snowboard equipment is made equally, and there is no single piece of equipment which is best for everyone. Instead, you want to customize your ski and snowboard equipment based on your height, weight, experience level, goals, and so on. Read on for more information on how to go about buying the best ski equipment and snowboard gear for you.
The most important thing about which to think when buying skis is what type of skiing you will be doing. Downhill skis are made far differently from cross country skis, for example. Further, some skis are made specifically for powder, while others are all-terrain. If you are unsure which type of skiing you will be doing, opt for a pair of all-purpose skis.
Regardless of the type of skiing you will be doing, be sure to carefully research the length of the skis you need. Cross country skis are longer than alpine skis, but either way the length should be a reflection of your height and weight. Skill level should also be a factor, with advanced skiers requiring skis which are just as tall as them, and beginners needing skis which come up to their chin.
Lastly, think about whether you want integrated bindings, which come as part of the skis, or a traditional binding which is attached to your boots. Unless you are an advanced skier, integrated bindings are probably best.
There are a lot of similarities between buying skis and purchasing a snowboard, with your experience level being even more influential when acquiring the latter. While most skis are made somewhat similarly regardless of experience level, snowboard for advanced skiers are much different than those for beginners. Be sure to honestly assess your snowboarding ability prior to buying your snowboard.
Another difference between buying a snowboard and buying skis is that riding style needs to be taken into account. On a snowboard, you can stand with either your left or right foot forward, and most snowboarders prefer using one or the other the majority of the time. Your snowboard should reflect that, with most riders standing with their left foot forward. If you plan to stand with your right foot forward, known as a “”goofy”” stance, your board and bindings will be a bit different.
Another aspect of snowboarding is the type you will be doing, whether it is freestyle, freeride, mountain, or something else. If you plan to do a lot of freestyle snowboard which involves tricks, you need a short, light board which can be maneuvered with ease. On the other hand, if you prefer freeride snowboarding which involves primarily cruising down slopes, you can opt for a longer board with more edge control. If you are unsure, opt for a mountain snowboard. This type offers the edge control of a free ride snowboard and the flexibility and lightweight construction of a freestyle version.
Helmet and Goggles
A helmet is an absolute must whether you plan to ski or snowboard, as any fall at 25 mph can be deadly. When searching for an option, think about whether you want a full-face helmet or a open-face variety. Full-face helmets have a mask built into them, so they cover your entire face and head area. They are the safest ski and snowboard helmet type available.
Some riders prefer open-face helmets because they are more comfortable and easily customized. If you have a pair of goggles you plan to wear in addition to your helmet, for example, you should look for an open-faced helmet which can accommodate your goggles.
Whether you buy a full-face helmet with goggles built in or a half-face helmet, you should always wear goggles with your helmet. Ski goggles not only protect your eyes and face from wind and debris, but they also improve skiing and snowboarding performance. The newest ski and snowboard goggles have anti-fog technology, UV protection, and a host of other features which make riding easy.
When buying both a helmet and goggles, be sure to acquire the proper fit. Both items are only useful if they fit snugly on your head and face. The tighter the fit, the less likely you are to get injured.