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Personal Check list

__ Skis  __ Boots  __ Cat Tracks __ Poles __ Gloves/Mittens __ Hand warmers

__ Face Mask/Balaklava/Bandana   ___ Helmet / hat

__ Sun Glasses/goggles  __ anti-fog cloth for goggles

__ Sun Tan Lotion/Lip balm (both >15 SP/F)   __ Tissue Paper

___ Ski cable & lock  __ Wax   __ Pocket Tool Kit / knife   

__ Socks/liners  __ Foot pad  __ Helmet/Hat/Cap/headband 

__ Snacks/Candy/energy food  __ Drink  __ Aspirin / medications

__ Money __ Season pass  __ Discount or club cards

__ Layer your clothing to adjust to changing temperatures.

__ Change of clothing for drive home  

Tips on Slope Wear

Sunglasses/goggles: 100% UV protection;  amber lens helps in flat light.

Inner layer: light, wicking layer of polypropelene, capilene or CoolMax.  No cotton, or wool if youre allergic to it (includes sock & glove liners & headband)

Insulating layer: Polartec or other polyester fleece, or wool.  May only need this layer on top, esp. if pants or bibs have insulation. 

Outer layer: Waterproof/windproof i.e. top & pants or bibs, or all-in-one shell, waterproof gloves and boots.  

Click here on what to look for!

Car Check List

__ Snow Chains (make sure it fits tires and in good condition)

__ Know which tires the chains will go on

__ Tire condition: thread wear, air pressure, lug nuts tightened

__ Spare tire condition and tools for changing tire

__ Ground Cloth when putting on snow chains      __ Towel

__ Items you dont mind getting dirty from putting on chains:

  Spare gloves, Spare Jacket, Spare pants (overalls).

__ Ice/Snow Scraper  __ Map  __ Flashlight

__ Windshield clean and prep, wipers in good conditioned

__ Head/tail lights working and cleaned  __ Battery   __ Antifreeze in radiator

__ Check ski rack: mounting, locks, straps, clamps

__ Tools that may come in handy: Pliers, wrench set, screw driver set, crow bar

__ Emergency items: Flares, blanket, radio, food, drinks, toilet kit, map

Key Points to skiing:  

Stretch before putting on skis.

Make sure you have no wrinkles in the socks when putting on the boot


Wedge:   Tips fist width apart and Tails brushed out to form a solid V Shape.

  Shins should be touching boot tongue

  Ankles are flexed

  Hold V shape

  Roll over the big toe to apply inside ski edging


Release wedge edge to move forward:

  Allow skis to go flat by not rolling over big toe and

  standing up taller.   Shin should continue to touch tongue of boot.

  Bring the skis together so that they are shoulder width apart and   parallel to each other.


If you feel unstable just brush out the tails of the skis wider keeping the V shape.  This will prevent you from falling in 80% of the time.


Slowing and Stopping:  In the wedge position apply more inside edge to

increase slowing and stopping power.  To do so try the following,  add more roll over on your big toe creating a solid inside edge,  hold the wedge shape steady in a good v position and keep your shins in contact with boot tongue.  


- Ski in an athletic stance

- Be perpendicular to the slope.

- Downhill ski has most of the weight and pressure applied to the inside edge.

- Angulate your upper body over the downhill ski. 

-Your upper body angulates in the opposite direction you are turning.

-Use your feet and ankle as the first line of movement in your skiing.

-Use feet and ankle rotary and flexing movements with knees and leg 

supporting their movement.

-Keep a quiet upper body in regards to movement

Feel the pressure points on the bottom of your feet

Do not curl the toes inside the boot.  Relax them.  


- The Turn:  Prior to turn make weight transfer to the new downhill ski, making sure you are over the ski as it comes around to face the fall line   (push back

a bit on the new down hill ski to position it on the sweet spot).  Steer the new downhill ski and roll over the big toe to initiate the inside edge.  Remember the downhill ski has the majority of the pressure (weight) and the uphill ski  



__ Weather report  __ Road condition   __ Ski tuned/waxed

__ Rent equipment  __ Check bindings

__ Boot condition: no loose buckles, cracks in shell,  tight spots pressing on foot

__ Pre-training or conditioning class (i.e. SnoZone)

__ Inform relatives or friends of trip date and location

__ Home Mail and newspaper collection  



__ Electronic communicators  __ Camera  __ Music player 

__ Cell phone / charger

__ Backpack/fanny pack  __ GPS  __ Avalanche Transmitter

__ Avalanche Probe pole  __ Shovel  __ First aid kit