As a ski instructor, I live on the snow. Of course, my boots and skis are the cornerstone of my equipment, but a few of my gear accessories have freed my mind, kept me in the zone, and helped me achieved a higher state of skier's nirvana!
If you're planning a trip, consider investing a few more dollars - there will be a terrific payoff. Below are five of my favorite pieces of secondary equipment.
Clients often ask me if they should buy or rent equipment - the answer depends on a number of factors, but I always say, if you buy one piece of major ski equipment, buy the boots. However, buying the right pair boots can be confusing, so here are 5 things to consider. If you don't want to read the whole article, then just take this piece of advice: don't shop for boots, shop for a great store and boot fitter.
As a private instructor, I believe that nothing beats a day on the slopes working one on one with an expert, but a lot can be learned and reinforced with a great instructional video. Here are some good examples:
Get Off the Slopes, Hit the Road, and Add Additional Memories to Your Colorado Vacation
I often recommend to visitors that they take a break from the mountain to enjoy more than gravity and speed. Also, Once in awhile, I'll run across a family who has a member or two that would rather not be on the slopes. Regardless, the surrounding area has some astounding scenery and wonderful experiences.
As we approach the marathon of holiday movie reruns, Rankin/Bass stop-motion classics, and the "it-never-gets-old " Chevy Chase Christmas vacation, why not call out a few great athletic winter sports gems hidden in these movies - watching a few of these clips will make your killer runs, epic carves, and brilliant wipe-outs even better.
Skiing can be expensive, but a few simple tactics can save you hundreds, if not thousand of dollars on your Colorado ski vacation.
1. BOOK YOUR SKIS ONLINE AHEAD OF TIME
The price of skis can be very expensive in the villages. With great service and convenience comes premium cost - sometimes over 2 or 3 times budget rentals. Do some research and you can find good prices, if you book in advance online. Rentskis.com and Breeze's Skirentals.com have base village locations in most major resorts, including Vail, Beaver Creek, Keystone and Breckenridge. Advanced online booking typically comes with promotions, such as 25% off, discounts on weekly rentals, and kids skis for free with each adult rental package.