Skiing for The First Time? Here’s an Equipment Checklist

Congratulations, you’ve decided to take your first ever ski trip. Unlike a simple beach day, packing for a ski trip will take thorough planning. If you’re a first-time skier planning to take ski lessons, below are the basic necessities to be packed.

1. Skis, Poles, and Ski Bindings

If this is your first time doing ski lessons, chances are you don’t own or lease skis; therefore you can rent them from the resort. The rental employees should be knowledgeable enough to assist you with your rental decisions. They can make sure you select the correct skis and poles for a beginner. Ski Bindings are the devices that connect the ski boots to the ski. The professionals can help you set up the ski bindings, so that they are on the proper setting based on your size and ability.

2. A Pair of Ski Boots and Socks

Most newbies do make the decision to rent as much equipment as possible. However, most professionals suggest purchasing your own boots whether or not it is your first time skiing. Most advanced skiers and instructors state that your boots should be snug. Yes, there is the option to rent ski boots at the resort. But then, as those boots have been worn, chances are they will fit loose; thus, not offering you the support you’ll need the first time out. Along with your boots, you need to purchase socks that are made out of wool or synthetic materials to keep your feet. You can bring an extra pair of socks as back up.

3. A Ski Helmet

With learning any sport you do for the first time, safety comes first. Like with the above equipment, you can rent helmets. But then again, for sanitary reasons, the suggestion is to purchase your own. You can purchase your helmet at a sporting goods store and have them aid you in ensuring that it fits and works properly, as head injuries are serious, even life-threatening.

4. A Waterproof Backpack

A properly packed bag can include water (to maintain hydration), sunscreen (UV rays are out even though it is cold and snowing), lip balm (cold air can be drying), extra layers (those extra pair of socks, scarf, and hat), medical kits, and any other miscellaneous items you may need. Bringing this bag with you while you’re on the slopes part of or all day will ensure that you’re prepared for anything that arises.

5. Ski Goggles

When you purchase your helmet from the sporting goods store, you should also purchase a pair of ski goggles that fit with the helmet you selected. Ski goggles will help with visibility by blocking out the sun’s glare.

6. Ski Jacket and Pants

It’s imperative that you invest in a set of ski jacket and pants. You must wear clothing that keeps you warm and insulated, that is wind plus water-resistant. By wearing weather-resistant clothing, you’ll be able to handle the various weather conditions and remain comfortable.

7. Base and Mid-Layer Clothing

Base layers like thermal pants and shirts are what you wear under your ski jacket and pants. The same as with the socks, synthetic materials or wool is suggested. It’s always better to be able to take off extra layers so you can add a mid-layer over the base layer. The mid-layer can consist of a fleece sweatshirt or a sweater.

8. Snow Gloves

Keeping your hands, feet, and head warm is the key to maintaining your body temperature. This is why insulated gloves may be the last, but there are definitely important ski items. Waterproof gloves are a requirement. Your gloves should not prevent you from gripping the ski poles.

Now that you are all packed and ready to hit the slopes, you can reserve your first ski lesson. Freedom Snow Sports offers the best place to take your first ski lesson. Wherever the location, you’re guaranteed to get some of the best training being offered.

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