Beginner skiers tend to buy pieces of equipment they do not need while skimping on items essential to the success of their expedition.
If you are a beginner, borrowing material from a friend or family member may be a good idea, but are there other things you should know about? Here are some essential tips that every beginner skier should know before starting on the slopes.
Rent first and buy later
It is normal for beginners to be tempted to buy skis, helmets, boots, sticks and a ski coat.
Before spending your money on very expensive pieces of equipment, then there is no guarantee that you will love this sport, contact the ski resort you intend to visit.
- Most of the ski resorts offer an affordable range of amenities.
- These will advise you on the ski equipment best suited to your needs.
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Consider purchasing used or discounted equipment
Equipment rental may not be your cup of tea. If this is the case, take a look at used equipment consignment shops, or even retailers at discounts.
When you have just started, renting (or buying inexpensive equipment) is your best option.
- Rather than investing large sums of money, this is the best way to familiarize yourself with skiing and whether you would like to continue.
- Otherwise, the expensive equipment you have purchased may well take dust somewhere in a corner of your home!
Essential purchases for low temperatures
Whether you’re hurrying down the slopes or just wanting to take the lift and watching your friends and family, some pieces of equipment are essential to cope with the cold weather on the ski slopes.
Here are a few:
Protect your eyes and skin
Although it can get very cold, the sun can shine very loudly on most tracks.
- Since snow reflects sunlight, it is important to invest in a good pair of sunglasses and ski goggles. Otherwise, you risk being blinded by the reflection of the sun in the snow.
- Never forget to bring your sunscreen: the cold weather encountered on the ski slopes combined with sunlight can leave your skin chapped and burned if you do not take the necessary measures.
Wear several layers of clothing to keep your warmth
When it comes to clothing, several thin layers are better than one or two voluminous layers. The goal is to keep the diapers closest to your body dry and keep you warm.
- Start with a thin base coat, often known as thermal underwear.
- Add extra layers with some wool or cotton sweaters.
- Add or subtract layers depending on whether you are warm or cold.
- Avoid cotton clothes as a base coat, if possible. Cotton absorbs sweat and can make you lose your heat quickly if you sweat profusely during exercise.
Protect your fingers, toes, and neck
To avoid severe frostbite in your hands, buy quality waterproof mitts or gloves.
- Keep your feet protected also with thin socks. Most ski boots are sufficiently insulated to prevent moisture from entering and heat from getting out. For this reason, thick stockings are generally not necessary,
- Last, but not least, the neck mask is an item you want at all costs not to forget. Make sure to wear something to protect your neck, be it a thin veil or a scarf that you can fit under your jacket. If it’s cold outside, chances are you want to protect your face too.
- It goes without saying that you will need to wear something warm on your head!
Keeping your body warm and dry is essential for a day of skiing. It is also important to stretch and warm up before hurling yourself on the slopes to reduce your chances of strain injury or stumbling in the snow.