Ski Tips

10 tips for booking your first ski lesson

No matter how easy skiing looks taking a lesson from a pro is going to cut down the time to learn the art of skiing or snowboarding. Here’s some tips to make sure you sign up for the right lesson the first time.

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Posted by Brendon on August 31st, 2009 in and .
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5 Things to check before renting skis

Make sure you rent the right skis and don’t get over-charged this winter with these quick tips.

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Posted by Brendon on August 12th, 2009 in .
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How to ski and board in low visibility

Poor visibility while skiing or snowboarding isn’t a lot of fun. Here are a few tips on how to stay safe and enjoy yourself when poor conditions arise.

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Posted by Brendon on August 8th, 2009 in and .
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5 quick tips for fitting ski boots

A comfortable pair of ski boots is important to enjoy your time on the hill – whether that be 1 week or a whole season of skiing. The right boot will allow for greater performance, prevent foot pain, reduce cold feet, and generally keep you a happy camper on the hill.

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Posted by Brendon on July 25th, 2009 in .
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How to detune your new snowboard or skis

So you’ve taken the plunge and purchased a new board or a pair of skis. Before you hit the snow with your new axe(s) its important to detune the tips and tail edges to prevent catching.

The reason to detune your board or skis is simple: the tail and tips aren’t used when you make a turn and you don’t want it to. Catching an edge on your new planks isn’t going to be a good look out on the hill.

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Posted by Brendon on July 16th, 2009 in and .
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How to check your ski gear on Australian and New Zealand discount airlines

Snatching that cheap plane ticket to the snow fields in Australia and New Zealand might get yourself on the plane for next to nix but what about your ski gear?

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Posted by Brendon on July 15th, 2009 in .
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How to survive day 1 on the snow

Whether its the first day of the season or the first day of your holiday, the thrill of hitting the slopes is exciting. However, its easy to forget that your body probably isn’t in the same condition as last year when you dropped that black run or tried that new trick in the terrain park. Overdoing it on your first day might result in damaging yourself, your kit, and maybe somebody else.

How to survive day 1 on the snow

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Posted by Brendon on July 10th, 2009 in .
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How to dress in layers for skiing

Dressing appropriately is probably one of the most important things to remember before hitting the slopes, and we’re not talking about the latest in ski gear fashion. Being dry and warm makes a big difference to your comfort level and experience on the mountain. Here are some relatively simple tips on wearing the right gear so you can ski or board longer and have a more comfortable time on your next trip.

The base layer

Don’t be the cotton king and wear a base layer of bedtime underwear – it will leave you wet and miserable. Instead, wear a moisture-wicking base layer made from polyester or polypropylene materials. For your feet, make sure to wear only one pair of socks. Two pairs will not be warmer and the rubbing can cause discomfort in your ski or snowboard boots.

The middle layer

This is the layer that insulates your body heat and prevents the cold from coming in. This is a fleece jacket, vest, or possibly even a down jacket. If possible, try and buy a middle layer that is wind proof.

The outer layer

The outer layer is there to protect you from the snow, water, and wind. Snow jackets and ski pants should be water and wind proof and the best material will be made of tough but light material like GoreTex. If you’re skiing in powder areas you may also want to look for jackets with a powder skirt, which prevents snow from going down your pants when you inevitably tumble around in the fluffy stuff.

Gloves, hat, and goggles

Wearing a hat will prevent much of your heat escaping the body. Wear an insulated hat that fits snug on the head. Gloves range in quality and material so its best to find the right gloves for your conditions (very cold, spring skiing, and so on). During the extreme cold, you may also want to consider a neck gaiter or possibly even a face mask.

Posted by Brendon on July 6th, 2009 in .
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