Many people think that layering up or wearing thick socks inside of their boot will keep their feet more warm. FALSE. Ski boots are already insulated and should only have one pair of thin ski socks inside for optimal use and to best fit your foot.
When identifying “if the shoe fits”, when you stand up straight your toes should hit the edge of the boot and almost feel crammed. Then, when you bend your knee forward (like you will be in skier stance), your toes should pull back and the boot should be comfortable (well… as comfortable as ski boots get).
The plastic on ski boots is very sensitive. If left outside or in a cold car, it will be very difficult to get them on because the plastic will be too stiff. When drying them out or warming them up, don’t place by a hot fire. The plastic will expand and morph the shape of the boot. Boot warmers are best or if you don’t have those, just keep them at room temperature.
When determining the size of your ski, it’s really user preference. Typically for beginners, we say you want the height of the ski to be between your chin and your nose. More advanced skiers can handle a longer ski and will most often know what they like to ride.
Fitting the boot to the binding (or the din setting) are determined by three things: Weight, Height, and skier type (beginner, intermediate, advanced) The ski’s are then adjusted by the millimeter sizing of the boot and the skier’s din setting. This is to insure that your ski boot will come out if you crash and that it will stay in while you are shredding the gnar.
When choosing a pole that will work for you, turn the pole upside down and grab right under the basket of the pole (the little rubber stopper a couple inches from the bottom). Your arm should make a 90 degree angle.
We don’t recommend poles for jr skiers. They don’t need it, it gets in their way for learning and you will end up hauling them around all day (you can thank us later).
5 years ago you would have been made fun of for thinking you needed a helmet while skiing. Today, it is rare to see people without them. While you may be a cautious skier, you never know when some idiot will come flying into you out of control.
When fitting your head for a helmet, the brim should sit two fingers above your eye brow. It should be snug but comfortable; not too much wiggle room. They have many different kinds and after you get the size down, it’s really just how many different gadgets you want for it.