Guide for Novice Skiers: What Equipment Do We Need?
If you want to learn how to ski well, picking up some comfortable and suitable ski equipment is necessary. But selecting the appropriate gear can be tricky for novice skiers. This introductory guide can help beginners choose their skiing equipment.
Keeping warm is of utmost priority when doing snow sports. Suiting yourself up with warm ski clothing is the first thing to start with. When choosing ski clothing, pay attention to whether the inner layer is breathable, if the middle layer provides enough warmth, and if the outer layer is both waterproof and heat-dissipating.
When choosing snow pants, it’s important to find out how warm and waterproof they are. Since you will likely be wearing ski pants over base layers, make sure you get an appropriately big size that won’t affect your flexibility.
Skis, ski boots, ski poles
Skiing and snowboarding are unique sports and require different equipment, skis and snowboards. The principle of skiing is similar to that of roller skating. There is a separate ski for each foot, and it is both safer and easier to use. With 2 separate skis and the aid from ski poles, it’s far less difficult for beginners to get the proper balance. Snowboards, however, are very similar to skateboards, and mainly move sideways. This makes it more difficult to balance, and is therefore recommended for people who have already gotten the hang of skiing.
On top of this, if you want to ski comfortably and safely, choosing suitable ski boots is crucial. Generally, ski boots cover the ankles and have a protective 2-layered design, to ensure your feet and ankles won’t get injured while also keeping them warm and giving ample grip.
Ski gloves, ski socks
In addition to the major equipment, there are some small accessories you shouldn’t forget about. It is highly recommended that you wear waterproof ski gloves, rather than woollen gloves. When woollen gloves are in contact with ice and snow, they fail to keep your hands warm and, instead, put you at risk of frostbite.
As well as this, ski socks can greatly reduce the risk of frostbite. But remember, there’s typically a lot of friction between skin and snowshoes, so don't wear socks that are too short or too thin to avoid unnecessary swelling and pain.
Ski goggles, ski face masks
When riding down on the slopes, the wind can feel a lot stronger than it actually is, and when the weather is bad, snow and rain can easily blow into your eyes. Ski goggles can effectively block wind, snow, rain and ultraviolet rays, while masks can prevent cold wind from directly blowing onto your face. When you choose your ski mask and goggles, find one that fits your face shape for optimal protection.