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The Snow has finally hit!! Don't hunker inside like a hibernating bear...get out and enjoy the powder. Whether you're new to the slopes or looking for some new gear, I've compiled a list of some must have ski gear for the whole family.
Think honestly about your ski ability & be able to communicate that well to rental people and when shopping. Understand mountain snow conditions and how you & where you like to ski. Your height & ability factors will all determine the shape, flexibility and length of your skis.
To find the perfect ski poles, stand in your ski boots, & with the poles upside down — grips touching the floor — grab the pole just underneath the basket so that the top of your thumb touches the basket. Your elbow should now be at a 90° angle. If the angle is less than 90°, try a shorter pole.
Helmets, Masks & Goggles
You need goggles. These should create a snug yet comfortable seal over your face. Try to get a pair with lenses you can change easily for different light conditions. You can always ask a salesperson who has worn them and knows which lenses work best in which conditions.
Pick the right helmet...it just might save your life. Measure your Head. Take a soft measuring tape and wrap it around your head about 1 inch above your eyebrows and ears. In selecting the proper fit, your best bet is to try on a few different makes and models. The most versatile helmets are the ones with vents in the shell that can be opened or closed with an easy to use switch, generally on top of the helmet.
There are a lot of options out there for ski masks. Once Size Fits All Balaclavas are usually true to what they say if you get a decent one. They can usually stretch to accommodate just about any face shape or size. When looking at a full or half face mask, ones with Velcro on the back work best because they are highly adjustable.