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A Guide To Ski Gear

IN THE July 9 ISSUE

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by staff

It doesn’t matter if it is your first day of ski school or you are an avid skier that hits the slopes every weekend, you likely already know that you are going to need the right gear. Of course, this doesn’t mean that you know what the right gear is or you have been utilizing the right gear this entire time. It just means that you know skiing is an activity that takes place in the cold weather on a mountain that makes the weather even colder. This gear will specifically keep you cozy, warm, dry, and potentially safe. The wrong gear will make you miserable the entire time. How do you know what the right gear is? You’ll know right away if you got the wrong gear because you’ll freeze. Luckily, you can avoid choosing the wrong gear altogether by following these tips.

Helmets

It doesn’t take a genius to know that snow sports, whether it be skiing or snowboarding, are physical. This means that there is real potential for bumps, falls, and accidents. This is why helmets are pertinent. You’ll probably see tons of people out there without them, but you don’t want to follow in their footsteps. You’ll not only want a helmet, but you’ll want one that fits right. A good helmet should be snug but not tight. If the helmet rocks back and forth, it’s too loose. Shake your head side to side and if the helmet moves, you’ll need to opt for a lower size or adjust the sizing mechanisms. There should be no gaps between to top of your goggle and the helmet. The helmet should fit snugly to the very top of the goggles and low enough to protect the forehead in the front as well. It should sit about 1-inch above the eyebrows.

Goggles

Speaking of goggles, this is another item that you won’t be able to do without. This is especially true for higher altitudes. UV rays are just more prone and visible at these levels because they’ll bounce off the white snow and get into your eyes. There is actually a name for this condition and it is referred to as snow blindness. You already know the dangers of having your view obstructed while you are cruising 20 miles an hour or more down a mountain. The key now is just to choose the right goggles. Sunglasses simply won’t suffice, as they might come off during the ride. A good pair of Slope Mountain Gear goggles will offer UVA and UVB protection, anti-fog coating, padding, and snug yet comfortable fit.

The Right Underwear

You might not believe it, but your underwear will play a huge role in your skiing trip. Choose the wrong kind and you’ll freeze. The right kind should be constructed of quick dry, synthetic fabric that’ll stand up to the harsh conditions of mountain life.

Base Layer

Pair the right underwear with a good base layer and you’ll stay warm even in the coldest of conditions. Your base layer should be wool or synthetic with a mid to heavyweight. It might really depend on your other gear because you don’t want to weigh yourself down. You do want to be warm, but you also don’t want to be completely restricted.

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