Snow skiing is a fun and exhilarating hobby enjoyed by millions the world over. With big-name ski resorts packing in the people each winter shortly after the first snow hits the ground, this should come as little surprise. Getting started in the sport, however, can be a little costly and with the unusual types of gear needed, it's important to know what to go after before buying.
Skiing is not a one-size-fits-all kind of sport. Gear should be designed to be comfortable and fit the person it's purchased for. Everything from the clothes and boots down to the gloves and goggles should be fit correctly, protect from the elements and allow a freedom in their user's movements.
The skis themselves can be a major investment. The prices run a rather large gamut. But whether they're bank busting, top name brand skis or more discounted versions doesn't matter if they don't fit the person right. The key to learning how to ski and do it well is to have good gear.
Beginners don't necessarily have to run out and buy everything they need to ski. Most lodges rent equipment and make sure it's of a good fit for those using it. But, if you do want to buy skis, consider the following: * Skis should be comfortable and easy to wield. If you're not comfortable controlling them or they don't feel right strapped on the feet, they're the wrong skis for you. * The length of the skis is a major consideration, especially for beginners. Skis should be shorter than a person's total height by about 25 cm. Shorter skis are more manageable for beginners, so they're the ones that should be sought out for first purchases. More challenging skis can be bought down the road, but while skills are being developed, comfort and control should rein. The shorter skis are favored by beginners because they simply make moving easier. This, of course, makes getting used to the movements demanded by the sport easier and helps avoid unexpected tumbles in the process.
Whether you're renting or buying, if you're just starting out, insist on the right skis to fit your size. Make sure they're comfortable and don't go with skis you may have a hard time controlling. There's no harm is bringing rentals back and purchases should absolutely be tailored to fit their buyer.