How to Pick the Best Ski Equipment for a Vacation

How to Pick the Best Ski Equipment for a Vacation
Now that airlines are charging for checked bags, many people are reconsidering the equipment they choose for a ski vacation. Even if you are driving to the resort, you will want to pick the best gear for the available terrain.


Difficulty: Moderately Challenging

How to Pick the Best Ski Equipment for a Vacation

Things You’ll Need:
  • Ski boots Skis Helmets Goggles
  • Ski boots
  • Skis
  • Helmets
  • Goggles
Step 1
Pack your ski boots. This is non-negotiable. Simply put, most ski boot rentals are uncomfortable. Furthermore, if you decide to bring your favorite skis instead of your boots, the ski shop will have to adjust your bindings to fit with your rental boots. Too many binding adjustments can damage your skis.
Step 2
Evaluate the terrain you will be skiing. Check the resort website, and see how much snowfall they have been receiving. If you will be skiing in powder conditions, you will want a fatter ski. In early or late season, when there are many exposed rocks, you might want to consider renting, in order to avoid damage to your good skis. Those who like to play in the terrain park and half pipe might want to consider bringing a pair of twin tip skis. If you tend to ski the entire mountain, an all-mountain ski is best.
Step 3
Choose your ski poles. This is pretty easy. However, if you will be skiing powder, choose poles with powder baskets.
Step 4
Pack your helmet. A helmet is a must for preventing injuries. Since they are sometimes difficult to size, you should purchase your helmet before going to the resort.
Step 5
Bring your goggles. Make sure that they fit with your helmet. If possible, find goggles with interchangeable colored lenses, which can be used for various light conditions.

Tips & Warnings

Become a member of a ski message forum. Forum members can often give more accurate accounts of local conditions.
If you are a novice, do not rent equipment that is suitable for more advanced skiers.


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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