Used Skis Buying Recommendations

Photo by John Ewing/staff photographer... Saturday, November 26, 2011....The 50th Annual Down East Ski Sale held at the Portland Expo building.  About 10,000 items, from skis to boots, poles to bindings, googles and accessories.  Thousands of new skis filled aisles on the Expo floor.

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Saturday, November 26, 2011….The 50th Annual Down East Ski Sale held at the Portland Expo building. About 10,000 items, from skis to boots, poles to bindings, googles and accessories. Thousands of new skis filled aisles on the Expo floor.

Let’s face it: ski boards are not at all easy to afford. A single brand new ski can cost a fortune and it’s not even all that one needs for an adventure at ski vacation destinations. Factor in the cost of travel, lift passes, apparel, boots and food plus souvenirs, and you might end up spending all your savings. Yes, trips to mountain resorts where you can try snow sports can be pricey for one, and it could get more financially challenging when an entire family is involved.

Fortunately, there are myriad of ways of save money on gears and equipment. For instance, would-be vacationers at ski areas can now buy used ski boards. Secondhand boards may not give you the skis with the latest technological design, but these are likely to feature what you really are looking for. As a matter of fact, if you only know how and what to look around shops selling used ski equipment shops, you might just be lucky to pick a board that’s good as new.

The thing is, heading to shops selling used items does not always mean saving a huge chunk of money. If anything, buying secondhand items that are of low quality and of no good use is just a waste of money and will not save you anything at all. Anyhow, here are tips that will help you pick the best boards from ski swap jungles:

Check the board’s origin. Go beyond knowing the brand and manufacturer of the equipment. Instead, be interested to know specific details about the board such as its previous owner and how long it was used. Take note that some people tends to outgrow their possessions in no time, they tend to replace stuffs so often. There are also skiers who buy stuffs only to realize after a few days that the newly-purchased items are not for them. There are also those who would rather cling to their boards for as long as they can before eventually letting go. With these in mind, consider getting a background of the board you are eyeing at ski shops.

Examine the ski. Inspect the board closely and watched out for signs of wear and tear. Take note that if it looks bad, it is more likely to be overused. Take note that several scratches on the top sheet are normal and should not be a big deal, but please skip those skis that are bent and marked with deep cuts as well as holes.

Check the camber. For those who are going on their first ski trip, the camber refers to the bend of the ski and is technically the part which allows skiers to make a turn. If you are looking for conventional ski boards, check its camber by placing it on leveled floor. Ideally, it should be able to stand on its tip and tail and must exhibit a slight lift or curve under the binding. In addition, see to it that the pair of boards has similar cambers.

Watch out for signs of delamination. Delamination or separation of layers on the board is a very common sign of wear and tear. When shopping for secondhand boards, make sure you stay away from those with delaminated ski caps or top plates. These markings are not only bad to look at but can also easily damage the core of the board.

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Ski Vacation Trip: Qualities Of A Suitable Ski Partner

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Games and activities on ski vacation destinations are technically team sports, always better when played and enjoyed along with other snow sports enthusiasts. Skiing and snowboarding, for instance, are performed individually but are always way better and safer when done in the company of equally skilled and trained vacationers. With that in mind, being on ski vacations is not simply about finding the best lines and fresh snow; it is about team work and team safety.

Team-ups at ski areas do not necessarily have to be a large group of skiers. As a matter of fact, it could be a simply be a tandem of an experienced skier and, perhaps, a regular holiday maker at the resort. In any case, it is essential that members of this team display proper group dynamics and maintain an open communication. Unfortunately, communication can be tricky so it is extremely important that you find an ideal ski partner.

At any rate, here are the essential traits of an ideal ski partner:

Shares similar risk tolerance with you. Some snow sports enthusiasts ski big lines regardless of ski conditions; others wait for hazards to pass before eventually deciding to shred ice. In any case, it is important that you team up with someone who shares similar risk tolerance. This way, you tend to agree on decisions and avoid tense situations.

Ideal ski partners are prepared. Before going to the summit, make sure you carry with you your own first aid kit and extra layers. This way you have access to required materials when necessary. If you’re planning to leave the ski resort for backcountry tours, make it a point to carry your own shovel so you have something to use in case of avalanche. Being prepared is also a sign of respect.

Ski partners should be flexible and willing to adjust plans when needed. Conditions on ski resorts tend to change, so members of ski groups should be able to distinguish when it is safe to ski or ride specific lines. Practically, it is OK to simply turn back and come again the next day in case the weather condition on the summit is too risky.

They use a system for communication. Ideal ski partners are familiar with standard and systemic approach to skiing. If you are already an advanced skier who wishes to try the backcountry, make it your goal to team up with one who is abreast with American Avalanche Institute Backcountry Checklist – a well-known approach to planning and making observations in the sport.

Relaxing Activities That Awaits You On Ski Vacation Resorts

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Vacations at ski areas do not have to be all but skiing and snowboarding. It should not only be for proactive ones who have done a great deal of preparations so they can enjoy the slopes and their well-kept ski boards. Ideally, times spent at these high altitude spots should also cater to couples looking for activities that are not only exciting but also relaxing. Of course we all know sliding down icy slopes can cause so much fatigue, and a good massage should be a most welcome treat.

If you are the kind of vacationer who is drawn towards icy, immaculate mountains but would rather not engage on dangerous sports like skiing and snowboarding, here are activities you can do at ski resorts:

Book-reading

If you are a bookworm who had been having a hard time finishing a book, this is your chance to sit down for much-longed hours of mental vacancy. While on vacations, forget about work and just find a cozy nook. Grab your copy of this year’s best sellers and walk into the surreal fantasy world conjured in volumes. Get immersed in the character of the book you are reading and, for once, be oblivious of time.

Writing

Ski areas are not exclusive for people inclined to energy-sapping snow sports. It is also for people looking for a place where they can indulge in literary pursuits. With that in mind, don’t worry about being left behind while your family members are leaping and gliding the slopes. Look around and enjoy the perfect vista of the lowland. Find a spot at the ski area where you can unleash your creativity.

Spa Therapy

What better way to relax after an exhilarating day on the slopes than with a dip in the pool, a sauna or a massage. Vacation times should be relaxing so when you are on high altitude destinations, consider splurging a bit in exchange of relaxing spa services. Take advantage of traditional sauna baths that are available in most ski vacation destinations. If you want, you can also avail a well-deserved massage at discounted rates.

Photography

Winter destinations offer a myriad of excellent vistas worth capturing. These are also home to photogenic skiers and snowboarders displaying their skills as well as young, eager wannabe sport enthusiasts attending ski lessons. While you are on a holiday at these areas, don’t forget to take pictures. Collect impressive snapshots of the ski area and show these to family and friends when you get back after a much needed respite.

Collecting Memories Of Your Ski Vacations

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It is always great to capture memories of your outdoor escapades like ski vacations. Decades ago, documentation was not very cumbersome. It only takes a photo album and a bunch of topnotch pictures framed on studio walls to endorse your own adventure. However, non-animated images could not really convey a very compelling experience. These days, technology has paved the way for simulating an awesome reality even without taking a real-time participation in it. The development of video recording devices has gone a long way that ordinary people can have access to its wonders. Creating a wonderful documentary is relatively convenient with today’s gadgets.

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It is important to consider what type of video documentary you are going to make. Some video narratives do not require the creator’s commentaries. A popular variety includes music videos. Instead of boring and tediously rehearsed speeches, you can leisurely record scenes and blend in an ideal song to express the mood. For example, some beach outing documentaries feature surfing stunts with the reggae song Cool Down by Kolohe Kai as background music. But if you prefer a more serious and informative type of documentation, you can always mimic television hosts from National Geographic Adventure and practice your charisma. Interviewing fellow vacationers can also be a dynamic and fulfilling activity.

Go Pro Videos

The Go Pro digital camera is one of the newest faces of high-definition personal camera innovation. This device is small and compact enough to be strapped on a head gear. It is ideal for extreme mobile recording. Nothing captures the essence of excitement in your ski trips better than recording your own first person view of gliding down the daring alpine landscape. Your Go Pro skiing clips can always be the ideal highlights to your personal documentary.

Photo Selection

When setting up your own ski documentary, photographs are never too outdated. In fact, non-animated images are very useful in editing your own narrative video. The best pictures are reeled creatively at the introductory part of your film. Photographs are also helpful in broadcasting the credits. You can always feature the faces of the people directly involved in your video (e.g. editor, host, technical supervisor). Acknowledging the contribution of other people in the taping does justice to the beauty of your creation. If one should decide to create blogs, uploading photos are crucial in creating a neat and comprehensive web layout.

It is always good to have a proactive hobby that will help you decompress and escape the burdens of everyday life. Creating documentaries of your ski vacations is a perfect way to share that experience and keep great memories of them.

Highly Encouraged Workout Routines Prior To A Ski Trip

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Ski vacations are fun getaways for all ages. After all, ski resorts do not only cater to its singular namesake recreation. But for people who wish to pursue skiing itself, it is more prudent to make some serious preparations. Such an exhilarating sport has become a culprit to a number of fatalities caused by reckless gliding and substandard fitness.

Therefore, proper physical conditioning is required in order to have a safe vertical drift. Here are five gym exercises you needed in order to acquiesce your body to the mechanics of skiing:

Romanian Deadlift

This type of workout aims to build up the hamstrings to prevent ligament trauma around the knees. While standing erect, keep your knees slightly bent and feet a shoulder’s span apart. Move your hips backward as you lower the barbell down to the knee level. Then lift the barbell up by pushing your hips forward, using your arms and shoulders as a fulcrum in order to return to a full standing position. While repeating this process, always remember to keep your back straight to perform proper execution. This exercise helps maintain the proper bent skiing position throughout the entire descent.

Single Leg Eccentric Press

This type of leg press aims to strengthen the legs, especially around the knees and the calves. Unlike other leg presses, this exercise has certain modifications. You need to lower the plates with one leg weighing more than half of the normal weight a two-legged lift can push with ease. After a momentary tension, push the plates up with both legs. This exercise roughly simulates the singular leg pressure one experiences when attempting to swerve while gliding down the treacherous slopes of any ski vacation destinations.

Medicine Ball Pump Squat

In addition to the endurance acquired from Romanian Deadlift, this exercise aims to develop endurance on the buttocks, quads (front of the hamstrings) and lower back. This exercise entails embracing a heavy medicine ball while doing low repetitive squats.

Squat Jump

Squat jumps differ from medicine ball pump squat in many ways. There are no weights involved when doing this exercise, save for one’s own against gravity. Squat as low as possible, and then push yourself up to a high jump. This type of exercise allows one to develop endurance on the same lower extremities. This is to prevent injury right after an explosive muscle tension from attempting sudden skiing leaps.

Reverse Treadmill Walk

Complete reinforcement of the leg muscles and buttocks is possible by walking the treadmill backwards. You can start with a forward walk in order to establish balance and momentum before turning around and doing the backward walk. Elevate the incline after every specific interval. Dropping to a squat position while doing this reverse walk imitates the tuck position of skiing.

It pays to be able to endure these exercises for one to be confident enough to cope with the hazards of proactive ski vacations.

How to Dress Up on Ski Vacation Trips

How to Dress Up on Ski Vacation Trips

Fashionable and proper layering of ski vacation apparel takes time and conscious effort. It also requires a lot of preparation. Why not? The stakes of gearing up poorly are undeniably high when one treks the icy mountains. Skiers and non-skiing guests who dress inappropriately at ski resorts could either overheat or suffer from hypothermia which could land you in serious trouble.

Consider these tips if you plan to go on ski trip:

Choose function instead of fashion. Be careful not to get easily attracted to ski apparels with bright colors, cool patterns and casual styles that look instagram-ready. Take note that some of these can be really fashionable but are less functional when it worn on snowfields. Always remember that the layers you wear on your ski trip must keep you warm, dry and comfortable even in potentially risky situations. If possible, choose ski outfits with features like pull-down thumb loops, lightweight hoods, and reflective trims. Make sure your base layer is a snug-fit —not loose in such a way that freezing air can easily penetrate your skin and not too tight that you can barely move. Steer clear from using zippered base and middle layer clothes to prevent zipper pile-up around your chin. In addition, be careful also with your choices of ski shoes. Make sure you use footwear that’s waterproof, well-insulated, and with an outsole that’s specially designed to stay grippy in extremely low temperatures.

Make sure you have enough layers. Not wearing or bringing enough proper layering is a big NO when it comes to trekking icy slopes. In all sense, it is essential that your getup includes base, mid, and outer layer. The base is technically your next-to-skin layer and should be guaranteed to help regulate body temperature. It has to be moisture-wicking, lightweight, long-sleeved and definitely not made of cotton. The mid layer must be able to help retain heat within the body, should be lightweight and insulated. The outer layer has to be made from synthetic insulated material to keep you warm even when it is already wet. In addition, an outer layer should also be water-resistant so it can hold off light rain and snow. Examples of ideal outer layer include the popular Gore-Tex jacket called Black Diamond’s Liquid Point Rain Jacket.

Overheating because of the layers of clothes you have is nothing out of the ordinary. This is more common when guests at ski vacation destinations start to ski and run on the slopes at a time when it’s already too hot. Ideally, it’s best to start enjoying your favorite snow sports when it’s still chilly. This way you can still put on layers and accessories that you can easily adjust on the fly.

Winter Events On Well-known Ski Vacation Locations

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Come one, come all! Grab your winter gear and be off for amazing adventures at any of the world’s most popular ski areas to enjoy your favorite sport. It does not really matter whether you are already a seasoned skier or a newbie snow sports enthusiast; these activities are guaranteed to give you a holiday break you’d wish not to end and to encounter again.

The Hahnenkamm – More than anything else, this event that is going to take place in Kitzbuhel, Austria on January 22-25, 2016 is dubbed as the most important alpine skiing race. Given that thought, anticipate personal encounters with the best skiers and snowboarders from different parts of the world. Catch the stars of snow sport arenas as they show off their skills and power and have your cameras ready to capture their eye-catching moves. Or when you’re lucky, maybe you can even get up close to them.

For the uninitiated, the Hahnenkamm is known to feature both the party and prestige of the Kentucky Derby and the speed and danger of the Indianapolis 500. In all sense, it is a competition that draws even Olympic gold medalists because, as all-time aline skiing great Franz Klammer puts it, “you can never be a hero in snow sports without winning the Hahnenkamm”. Featured on this event are super G, slalom, and that fearsome downhill followed by massive parties on the streets and pubs.

X-Games – If you are looking for a free-for-all winter event, your choice would have to X-Games scheduled on January 22-25 next year at Aspen, Colorado. Like that Kitzbuhel affair occurring on the same dates, this Aspen ski area affair is expected to attract scores of skiers and snowboarders looking to hit the Big Air, Slopestyle, and Superpipe venues down Buttermilk Mountains. For entertainment, skiing and non-skiing guests will enjoy performances of national artists in at least three separate outdoor concerts. Downtown streets are also expected to host parties.

Scufoneda – If you happen to be in Moena, Italy on March 11-15, 2016, don’t miss this 19 year old telemark festival aptly called Scufoneda. It’s a backcountry skiing tour in couloirs region and and is referred to as the best international winter revelry in the Dolomites – no wonder it is flocked by many skiers and snowboarders. On this event, skiers get to rule any of the 1,200 ski runs and guests have access to at least 450 lifts of the Dolomiti Superski pass. Nights at this ski vacation destination in Europe are capped with booze-filled parties and heart-pumping dances. Spearheading this event is the famous backcountry ski club called Italian Scufons.