For Brazilians, it’s not a very common practice skiing: the few places where eventually it snows are not conducive to sports.
But we can’t deny that those beautiful layers of snow that some countries have are to impress, including for its wonderful landscapes. They awaken—both locals as tourists—the interest and desire to practice a typical winter sports: skiing in the snow.
If you want to travel and experience the ski, check out these 7 steps that will help you choose the equipment for skiing, making your experience more enjoyable and safe.
1. The choice of clothes: protection against cold and impact
Browse and purchase the appropriate clothing for the practice of sport is extremely important to have fun without suffering with low temperatures in the snow.
In addition to protecting against cold, appropriate clothes help the skier, cushioning falls and avoiding worst accidents, making the experience more enjoyable and safer for the practice of sport.
A good pair of waterproof gloves prevents, to skiing, their fingers and hands stay frozen. Look for the correct size gloves for your hands. Choose those that have elastic, to ensure that no snow in your clothes.
The socks should be appropriate to the practice of sport, because they have two basic functions:
- Offer greater protection to the skier to be bigger, protecting and preventing the boot hurt my feet and form bubbles;
- Ensures that your feet remain dry and warm.
Pants and sweaters raincoats are ideal to protect your body against the cold of snow: If the clothing is of low quality, can happen to be too wet, causing discomfort, messing up your performance and endangering your health.
If you do not want to buy the clothes, all ski station offers rental, which facilitates the lives of tourists. Remember that clothes and equipment should be in good condition.
2. Helmets, Beanies and collar: A trio against the cold
The use of helmet and CAP is essential to your safety while skiing. The helmet size varies according to the protections that you will use below him, as, for example, the hat. This is also another essential item to prevent loss of body heat.
In addition, the collar also needs to be present because, in the absence of shade, protects the face and the neck from the cold.
Damaged helmet: ski without it or use it anyway?
Just in case some kind of accident that damage the helmet and compress the styrofoam, cracking or breaking the shell, don’t hesitate to find some point of sale to replace it, retiring the damaged equipment.
Wearing a helmet is not mandatory in many countries, however, regardless, it is basic protection, and item — even beginning to become uncomfortable—the advice is: get used to it. This is the only way to enjoy safely.
3. Sunglasses: be careful on the size and format
The glasses for skiers are also known as Goggles and should be well sealed so that, in fact, protect you. In choosing, be aware:
- The size and format: The goggle needs be anatomic and fit right to your face, without leaving gaps, especially on the nose. Try several models and choose the most suitable. Preferably, take the helmet, to know if the glasses fit him;
- The protection and safety: If you feel uncomfortable in your goggle face, think twice. Imagine the problem is if you hit something and he have an impact? It’s going to hurt a lot. Some models have a layer of foam to ensure extra protection;
- The visibility: Double lens goggles, chemical treatment and ventilation prevent haze.
4. ski Boots: clop!
The boots also constitute one of the main elements for skiing, offering thermal insulation, comfort and safety to the skier. Are essential to give buoyancy to the skiing and ensure correct still support of the feet and ankles during practice.
The boots are chosen according to your level of experience; as go dominating best mode, you will need stiffer boots.
To try the boots, pay attention to a few points:
- The feet must be well supported and adjusted;
- The fingers must move normally.
Don’t forget that when you try to boot, you must feel at ease and comfortable!
5. The choice of Skis: for each use, a suitable type
Regardless of your level of experience in skiing, the skis must be suitable for the use you intend to give them. Are several models and choosing the right’s fundamental task to ensure comfort and safety and for you to get the most out of the experience.
Types of skis
- Ski track: Are short and narrow skis, to better control the speed and trajectories;
- Skis harvesters: Excellent for a good support in fresh snow and fluffy, are wide and with long tips, ideal for use on the track and beyond;
- Skis off the runway: Skis wider, allowing better support in soft snow and fresh, favoring also the directional effect;
- Skis free style (Freestyle): Are used both in the air like snow and should be light to facilitate the maneuvers, allowing sliding back and forth more easily.
For starters, the short skis are the most suitable, due to your ease of maneuver and because they are more flexible. It makes the experience more fun for those just starting their adventures in the snow.
6. Attachments: keep your boots well connected
The boots are fixed by two elements:
- Fixing the front, in which fits the nozzle of the boot;
- The rear fixation, which immobilizes the rear of the boot.
Fixings are responsible for opening and releasing the foot of skiers in the event of a fall, avoiding larger acidades. They’ve got your own level, which varies according to the height and weight of the practitioner.
For beginners, the recommended are more flexible mountings and easy release of the feet, while, for more advanced users, is given the choice of fixings more rigid.
7. Bats: right size to have balance
The canes are the complement to ski: they assist in maneuvers and the balance of the skier. To work as they should, to choose the ideal size is indispensable!
How to choose the correct size is positioning the bat upright, upside down so that the handle of the stick touches the ground. In this position, hold it with your hand on the wheel. In this way, the staff and your forearm should form an angle of less than 90°.
Importance of all safety equipment
Remember that all safety equipment is essential to any practice of sport. Waterproof clothing, hats, glasses, helmets and even the skis and poles themselves certify the safety of the sport, which makes the experience much more enjoyable and, best of all, no risk.
Now that you’re prepared for the choice of your ski equipment, how about sharing this article in their social networks? Skiing among friends is even better.