How to Break in New Skis

How to Break in New Skis
A new pair of skis can make or break your technique. You may suddenly find that you can experiment with different techniques on more challenging terrain. New skis, however, will obviously function in a manner that is different from your previous pair. As such, they require a period of adjustment, which enables you to alter your technique to suit your new equipment. Some people don't realize this, and, as a result, never get the full value of their ski's technology. A carving ski, for example, is a worthless investment for skiers who continue to skid their turns.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Challenging

Things You’ll Need:
  • Ski boots
  • Skis
Step 1
Go to the ski shop with your ski boots, and have your bindings adjusted. This is usually a free service at the store where you purchased your skis, but if you patronize a different shop on a regular basis, you might want to take them there.
Step 2
Ask the ski shop technician to perform a wax treatment on your skis. New skis come with a factory wax. This type of wax protective coating that keeps the base from drying out, but it does not penetrate the bases. A warm, hydrocarbon wax will help them move smoothly when you take them out to play in the snow.
Step 3
Sign up for a ski lesson that specializes in the type of terrain for which your skis are designed. For example, most mountains offer bump clinics, powder classes, steep terrain workshops and racing clinics.

Tips & Warnings

 
If you are purchasing demo or used skis, run your fingers over the edges to check for burrs or rough spots. If you find any, arrange to have your skis tuned, as well as waxed.
 
Some serious skiers wax their skis three or four times before taking them out on the slopes.
 
Racing skis are a different story. Ski racers often have their edges beveled before taking out their skis.
 
Be conservative when experimenting with new skis. A study performed at the University of Bern, Department of Emergency Medicine found that new equipment accounted for a significant number of injuries on the slopes.

Article Written By Lisa Mercer

In 1999, Lisa Mercer’s fitness, travel and skiing expertise inspired a writing career. Her books include "Open Your Heart with Winter Fitness" and "101 Women's Fitness Tips." Her articles have appeared in "Aspen Magazine," "HerSports," "32 Degrees," "Pregnancy Magazine" and "Wired." Mercer has a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the City College of New York.

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