Are you ready to roll? Winter is coming and it’s time to start thinking about hitting the slopes. Beyond arranging transportation, there is a lot of work to be done between now and when you head out to tackle your first groomer. The day before the first trip of the ski season is not the day to discover you need new bindings or that your ski pants are two sizes too small. Here are top tips from our experts to help you take care of business ahead of time so you’ll be faster to the slopes when that first powder day rolls around.
Upgrading the Sticks
When is the last time you bought a new pair of skis? Some of you might still love your 1980′s powder fats but do consider they might be holding you back. While buying a new pair of skis is no small investment, if you’re even semi-serious about skiing well, it is an investment that is worth making at least once a decade. The best thing to do if you’re not completely up to date on ski technology is to head in to your local Sport Chalet ski shop and discuss it with the pros. Letting them know your style of skiing, budget, and overall goals will help them set you up with the perfect set. While you’re there you may as well get a custom boot fitting too.
Another option is to rent skis. This is a great way to try something new and be sure it’s a good fit before making a commitment.
Those Other Muscles
You might be able to run twenty miles or kayak down a canyon of class fives, but the muscles you use for skiing are unlike the muscles used for other sports. Your glutes in particular get a tremendous workout, especially on deep powder days, so if lunges aren’t already a staple of your weekly routine, you likely have some serious catching up to do. Here are list of recommended lunges that we’ve linked up to YouTube for demonstration:
Getting in the Groove
Unless you spent the summer in the Southern hemisphere, chances are it’s been a while since you’ve been out on the slopes. Rust catches up with even the best of us, and while you may have been breezing down double blacks by the end of last winter, chances are it’s going to take you a while to get back into it after such a long layoff. While you can spend the first few days of your trip trying to get up to speed, hiring a private instructor for even a half-day will be worth several days spent learning on your own. And beyond just helping you refine your form, a private instructor will be able to tell you where the best snow is and exactly how to get there, a priceless service to anyone not entirely familiar with the mountain.
If you’re bringing your own skis to the mountain, they’re going to need a fresh layer of wax before their seasonal debut. Taking them in to get them waxed is the easiest option, especially if you’re short on time. Sport Chalet provides waxing services (and it’s free with purchase of a snowboard or ski!). If you’d prefer to do it yourself, however, glide wax is easy to put on and will give you a great boost of speed when you need it most. Start by researching the average temperatures at your mountain of choice and buying a temperature based wax or a universal wax if you expect variable conditions. Beyond the wax itself, all you’ll need are an iron, a plastic scraper, and a bit of garage space to work with. Watching this Instructables video will guide you through the steps and to ensure those skis will be bombing through even the stickiest of snow.
Now that you have what you need to get ready for winter, what are you looking forward to most on the slopes? Leave us a comment.