The first snows have arrived! Of course, most of you are already getting into ski mode. At Skitude, we’ve been preparing for the new season for days. Here are 5 useful tips to start the season to the fullest.
- Update your kit
Now is a good time to take advantage of surplus stocks that many brands have from past seasons. Don’t wait too long, they get snapped up quickly.
- Tune your kit
This is always an area where the gurus of the skiing world have their little tricks. This is an important issue, and we need to be sure that our kit slides just as well on the first day of skiing as on the last.
To do this, we have to remember one thing: Did you wax your skis at the end of last season?
If the answer is no, do it ASAP! Why?
It’s very important to wax your skis at the end of the season. The spring snow carries a lot of contaminants due to the higher temperatures– these damage the base. If you haven’t done it yet, now is a good time. But before that… Do you know how ski bases work?
First, you should know that waxing skis doesn’t guarantee they’ll slide, in spite of what many people think. Skis, like tires, have a structure on the base that evacuates water. If it’s in good condition, the ski will always run smoothly. If you leave the wax on its own on the snow, it won’t slide. So, why is it important to wax skis? Basically, the wax is what lets us clean the contaminants on the base and hydrate the hydrophobic agents on the base that stop water from remaining on the structure.
Having cleared that point up, should you wax your skis? Our answer is a resounding yes. But if you want your skis to slide perfectly, you should also do a complete preparation and waxing of the structures.
Second, If you’re one of those people who coated your skis with truckloads of wax last year, take it off as soon as possible: it isn’t good for them. Why? It’ll have the opposite effect on the base. The fewer chemical products in contact with it, the better. You should remember one detail… Do you know how much time the skiman of a professional alpine skier can spend scraping a ski? 40 minutes! There’s a reason: for a ski to move faster, the structure needs to be as clean as possible. If you cover it in wax, you’ll have to spend more time scraping the ski so it’ll go faster.
Don’t wait any longer, get your skis ready!
- Do some physical exercise
Have you spent the whole summer lying in the sun? Maybe now is a good time to get moving, don’t you think? Everyone knows that if you do nothing, you won’t enjoy the first day in the same way.
Both skiing and snowboarding are sports that require you to be in good physical shape. To prevent injuries, don’t fall into the Peter Pan trap– you’ll hurt yourself. A lot of people think that they can still practice a sport with the same intensity as always, and they get injured in a matter of minutes.
Our recommendation: Do 2 to 3 days of exercise per week, with 30-40 minutes of activity each day. If possible, strengthen your lower body and core in general. It’s better to spend a little time exercising each day than to do it all in one day… Don’t do that!
- Check out seasonal ski-pass offers
During pre-season, all ski resorts offer discounts to capture new customers. If you’ve thought about getting a seasonal pass for a particular resort this year, now is a good time.
- For the really eager folks…
There are plenty of ski resorts that have confirmed they’ll be open on early days of December, so why not take advantage with a weekend skiing in the Alps or the Pyrenees? Check it out ahead of time; there are plenty of offers for an epic start to the season.
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