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Expert Advice: How To Decide Which Skis To Buy

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With so many different types of skis to pick from, finding the perfect pair can be a challenge. Should you even buy skis or should you rent? That and more answered in this post by industry experts.

#1 Boots

Boots are the most important investment, so make sure that's covered first. If you are only going to ski about 7-10 days a year, consider trying demo skis (like a high end version of renting) at the resort you're skiing at since you won't have to worry about traveling with them, and you can try a variety of different ones for different conditions, feel, etc.

Contributors: Kirsten Texler from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine

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#2 Skiing Conditions

Look for skis that perform best in the conditions you will likely ski in-are you going to ski on firmer/ice-packed eastern resort snow? Spring skiing slush? Heavy Tahoe snow? Light Co/Utah powder?

Contributors: Kirsten Texler from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine

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#3 Skis For Women

For women, have the bindings set slightly forward from the recommended point. The center of gravity for a female is different than a male (women don't necessarily need women's skis)

Contributors: Kirsten Texler from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine

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#4 Know Where You’re At

Are you a beginner? Do you know for sure that you’re ready to invest heavily in the sport? If you’re driving for the first time, you probably don’t know enough about cars to really appreciate the bells and whistles of a fully loaded, high-performance car. The same is true for your ski equipment. If you’re new at this you don’t need to spend thousands of dollars on top of the line equipment. You don’t yet know enough to really appreciate them anyway. Expect to spend six to eight hundred dollars on all your gear.

Contributors: Caleb Backe from Maple Holistics

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#5 Rent Before You Buy

Buying your skis should be a three-step process. First, you should window shop, or do research, and narrow your selection to three possibilities. After you’ve chosen your three possible pares take a weekend at the slopes to decide. Rent each pair and see how they hold up against each other and choose the one that suits you best.

Contributors: Caleb Backe from Maple Holistics

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#6 Technology, Skill And Performance

Don't look for skis that will last for seasons. They don't. Technology changes, advances in ski skills change and the overall performance of the ski will change when stored/not being used or (hopefully) getting a lot of use!

Contributors: Kirsten Texler from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine

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