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    About Ski Equipment
    If you've been fortunate enough to learn how to ski within the past 10 years, then you know how much things have changed since skis towered over your head and you jammed your feet into supple leather boots and bindings that never released.

    Today's ski equipment has revolutionized the ski industry and has made it fun to ski again. The place to start is in your local ski shop.

    Shaped Skis

    When skiing was in its heyday back in the 1960s, skis towered over your head, were straight, heavy monstrosities that were impossible to turn. Today, the new shaped skis are shorter, lighter and easier to turn due to their new, shaped design. The skis are meant to turn themselves. All you need to do is hang on for the ride.

    Hard Shell Ski Boots

    Soft leather ski boots meant that no matter how much effort you put into turning, you were lucky if you could get down the mountain. Today's hard-shelled ski boots offer superior support and fit, keep your feet warmer and transmit even the smallest movement from your lower legs directly to your skis.

    Ski Poles

    Ski poles that were once made out of bamboo or heavy steel are now made from lightweight carbon fiber. The baskets are smaller and lighter. Swinging your poles while carving beautiful S-shaped turns has become an effortless task.

    Space-Age Ski Clothing

    In the days of blue jeans and wool ski pants, the first time you fell meant you'd be wet for the rest of the day. Today's modern fabrics have been woven into powder pants and parkas that dry immediately and breathe with you. If the weather is cool, they'll keep you warm. If it's warm, they'll keep you cool.

    Ski Instruction

    The result of learning how to ski with modern ski equipment is that it has never been easier to learn how to ski than it is today. Most reasonably athletic people can easily learn how cruise down green runs within two or three days and perform tasks that used to take years.

    Article Written By Allen Smith

    Allen Smith is an award-winning freelance writer living in Vail, Colo. He writes about health, fitness and outdoor sports. Smith has a master's degree in exercise physiology and an exercise specialist certification with the American College of Sports Medicine at San Diego State University.

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