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Snow Sports Beginner Guide

A Beginners Guide to Skiing

The Ski Boots

  • Make sure your boots are comfortable and fit your feet
  • Wear light-weight or medium-weight socks for a good fit
  • Your heel should remain in place when flexing your knee and ankle forward while wearing the boot.
  • Make sure there aren’t any pressure or pinch points
  • Remember boots will get stiffer in the cold

A Few Pointers

  • When vertical your skis should be about chin high for beginners.
  • The edges of your skis should be sharp and the base should be freshly waxed.
  • Your exact height, weight, age and skier type (beginners are type 1) are important for determining your DIN (Deutsch Industrial Norm) to set up the bindings on your skis correctly.
  • Don’t tuck pant legs into booth. Your boots are designed to be snug against your shin and calf and the extra fabric will interfere with your comfort and could make skiing more difficult

A Beginners Guide to Snowboarding

The Boots

  • Make sure your boots are snug and tight but not painful
  • Wear medium-weight or moisture wicking socks for a good fit.
  • Your heel should remain in place when flexing your knee and ankle forward while wearing the boot.
  • Make sure there aren’t any pressure or pinch points

A Few Pointers

  • When on its tail the board should stand between your chin and nose and be wide enough so your feet don’t hang over the edge more than a half inch.
  • As a beginner a softer board is generally better to learn on
  • Know your stance (regular or goofy). This is different for every person.