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How to Choose Ski Equipment for Beginners

If you’re just starting out something, you need to learn tips and tricks to make your job easier. For example, if you are planning to play on a site like GG.Bet, you should know about the games where you have the highest chance of winning. This applies to everything, even those who are planning to start skiing. Beginners often have a hard time choosing the right equipment. We have prepared this guide for this reason: below, you can see how to choose the ski equipment that suits you best.

How to Choose Ski Equipment?

Factors that will enable you to make the right choice are your height, weight, gliding style and ski level. Most experts recommend starting with choosing based on your height. As a general rule, when you hold the ski upright in front of you, its length should be halfway between your chin and nose. However, some trainers argue that it is healthier to choose according to weight. The table below shows the ideal length for any weight:

MEN WOMEN
Weight Ideal Length Weight Ideal Length
60 – 70 kg 160 cm 45 – 55 kg 145 cm
70 – 80 kg 167 cm 55 – 65 kg 152 cm
80 – 90 kg 174 cm 60 – 70 kg 160 cm
90 – 100 kg 181 cm 70+ kg 162 cm

 

It would be more appropriate for beginners to prefer skis that are slightly shorter than these, as the shorter the length of the ski, the easier it is to control them. Your weight is also important in choosing the flex level of the ski. Every ski has a different level of flexibility, and this will vary depending on the material used. This is called “flex” for short. Lightweight skiers will find it difficult to control hard skis with a low degree of flex. Heavyweight skiers, on the other hand, will have difficulty on skis with high flex degrees.

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The choice of the ski itself is a slightly more difficult matter. In general, this choice should be made according to your preferred ski style. However, almost all beginners prefer the carving style (this is what the instructors recommend), and if that is your choice, it is recommended to choose skis with wider noses and thinner tail sections. This type of skis can be easily controlled at low speeds, and the thin tail section compensates for the mistakes of skiers who put too much weight on the rear.

Other Materials You’ll Need

First of all, you will need ski shoes. They are important for efficiently transferring the energy you transmit from your body to the skis. The outside of these shoes is plastic, and their hardness level determines what level of control you will have. If the shoe is soft, it bends easily and does not transfer all of your energy to the skis. These are more suitable for beginners because hard shoes transfer even the smallest movements to the skis and make it difficult to control. (As your experience level increases, you should choose harder shoes.) 

Put on the shoes and rise on your toes: if your heel rises with the shoe without leaving the sole, it means you have chosen the most suitable size for you.

The material that connects your shoes to the ski and separates them from the skis to prevent injury when you fall is called “binding”. Binding also acts as a kind of shock absorber and prevents vibrations from tiring your body. Bindings are selected according to DIN values, and the higher this value, the more difficult it is for the shoes to separate from the ski in the event of a fall. Beginners should therefore choose bindings with low DIN values, between 3-6. You can increase this value as your experience level increases. If you are buying a set of skis, the binding will be included in the package, so be sure to check the DIN value.

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Another thing you need is a ski pole. They help you keep your balance while turning and support you on climbs. In this regard, the thing you need to pay attention to is that the poles should be both light and hard. For beginners, poles made of 16-20 mm hardened aluminium are suitable.

Once you’ve bought all these, you can start choosing your basic ski gear. Pants, coats, gloves, berets, thermal underwear, socks and glasses are among the most basic clothes. All these must be made of waterproof material (e.g., Gore-Tex) and designed specifically for skiing. Make sure that all of the materials are waterproof as you will often fall in the beginning, and you will get wet if your materials are not waterproof. You need to give importance to functionality rather than aesthetics. Never use wool or fleece gloves: these get wet over time and cause your hands to lose feeling.

Contrary to popular belief, glasses are also very important because the sunlight reflected from the snow is both very uncomfortable and causes you to be exposed to UV rays more than necessary. You can’t wear any sunglasses: make sure you get anti-fog glasses with a UV filter. Likewise, it would be appropriate for beginners to wear a helmet for extra security.