You are on a holiday vacation to a ski resort. You have your old skis and warm jacket that you use every year. Your however, need more preparation before you will be ready to hit the slopes. Read this article for tips on how to prepare for the slopes.
Skis or a Snowboard. You may wish to purchase your own equipment because you are done growing and will get many more years out of your equipment. If you grow taller or improves your skiing ability, you will probably need new skis. You also want to avoid buying yourself a pair of skis to “grow-into”. Purchasing skis that are too big will hinder your ability to learn. Unless you plan to purchase you a new skis at least every year, then try renting equipment until you stop growing.
Boots. Make sure you have a pair of boots that fit. Be careful to fit boots properly in the rental shop. Socks. Also, purchase a pair of skis socks. Trying to keep feet warm with multiple socks instead of ski socks will probably cause you significant discomfort in your boots. You also want to avoid stuffing your pants into the top of the ski boots. This will also cause you severe discomfort. Keep yourself warm by just pulling snow-pants over the top of the boot.
Snow-pants. Waterproof pants are a must because you are more likely to spend time sitting in the snow. Then you must decide- pants with a bib or pants without a bib. Pants with a bib will help keep snow out. Pants with a bib, however, will also be harder to take off in the event of a bathroom-emergency. Snow pants without a bib can be easier to take on and off. If you buy pants without a bib, however, be sure to compensate with a longer jacket to keep the snow out.
Jacket. Buy a warm jacket. Try to buy a water-proof jacket as you may be likely to roll-around in the snow. Buy a jacket that goes slightly below your waist to prevent snow from getting inside the jacket. Gloves. Make sure you have water-proof and warm gloves. Also, buy gloves with extra area to cover the wrists. The face. An exposed skin will probably feel the cold . Buy a face mask or a neck warmer as needed.
The head. You need a warm hat AND a helmet. You should wear a helmet at all times while skiing. You can also have a warm hat for ski time. If you buy a wool hat and the hat is itchy, then it can irritate you..
Water. Make everything easier when you get thirsty by purchasing a small camel-back. These small backpacks hold water with a hose that reaches to your mouth. These small packs also have a pocket to store extra things in.
Sun Block. Put sun-block on every exposed and potentially exposed piece of skin. The sun is unexpectedly strong at high altitudes and can cause severe burns. Reapply halfway through the day.
Eye protection. You MUST have proper eye protection. Make sure you have goggles instead of sun glasses. Goggles also protect you from the wind, sun, snow and cold.
Attach things. Get clips to attach you gloves to your jacket. Put the string through each sleeve of the jacket. This way if you take gloves off inside, you will not lose them. This will also prevent gloves from falling off the chairlift.
Congratulations, you have just made yourself as comfortable as possible on the slopes.