So you’ve decided to learn to ski but you have no idea where to start to find equipment. This quick reference guide will help you learn the basics about where to look and what to expect when buying your ski gear.
When buying ski equipment it is important to ensure that the ski boots fit into the bindings and that the bindings fit the skis. All three must be purchased separately and it can get a little costly. There are a lot of sites that can help you browse around for the best price. Another option is to buy gently …
No parent needs to be reminded that youngsters must be warmly bundled against cold, wind, and snow. On the other hand, kids don’t have to be so swaddled in piles of winter clothing that they can’t even waddle, much less ski or frolic, in the out-of-doors.
So the proper way to dress a child for skiing is to recognize both factors. Dress her just enough to keep her comfortable. Overdressing is as awkward a mistake as is taking her to ski school inadequately clothed for a whole day on the slopes.
The principle of layering holds true for the youngster …
Not all of the ski resorts in Michigan are open as at this writing (Jan. 6, 2007), but many have natural and man-made snow and are in full swing, according to this Michigan snow report.
This list from Ski Central gives links to a variety of ski hills and programs for disabled skiing. Challenge Mountain, in Boyne, Michigan, is a great-sounding facility dedicated to summer and winter accessible sports. According to their website, they are waiting for snow! It’s one place to keep an eye on, from the look of the facilities.
Challenge Mountain has outreach programs at Boyne …
You’d have to be in denial to think that skiing and snowboarding aren’t expensive—especially when visiting major destination resorts.
There is a cure for an expensive ski vacation, however.
Go to a smaller ski resort.
Case in point: Colorado’s Ski Cooper.
Set outside Leadville, Colorado, Ski Cooper is small. Very small by major western resort standards. But, what you trade off in size, you gain back in ambience, attitude and cost.
And, if it happens to snow, as it did the other day when I was visiting, well, powder skiing is a hoot no matter where you do it.…