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As in most sports, only recently has progress been made in designing equipment for women. Today, women's skis offer better mounting positions and more responsive flex. New boot designs for women provide better fit. The right fit ensures comfort and improves the transfer of movement from your feet to the skis, which provides quicker and better control.

Invest in good quality equipment and it will last you a long time. You don't need new equipment every year to enjoy the sport. However, you do need good equipment that functions properly.



Bindings



Marker
Web site: www.markeri.com.


Marker Bindings
Rossignol
Web site: www.rossignol.com.


Rossignol
Salomon
Web site: www.salomonsports.com.


Salomon Skiing
Tyrolia
9189 Red Branch Road
Columbia MO 21045 USA
Web site: www.tyrolia.com.


Boots

Ski boots should hold your foot snugly and keep your heel in place. As in most boots, you don't want too much room for your toes, and you don't want your toes up against the front of the boot. Advanced ski boots are stiffer and less flexible, providing better transfer of energy and movement to the skis. Flexible boots might be more comfortable, but once you improve you'll want a more responsive boot. Buy ski boots that will take you to the next ski level.

In general, women have a harder time holding the right ski position, knees bent and weight forward over the front of the skis. Boots are designed to keep you in the correct position. If you find you're having a hard time holding the right position, there are wedges available. The wedges are placed inside your boot to slightly lift your heel, giving you better position.



Lange
P.O. Box 25
Colchester, Vermont 05446, USA
Tel. 1-802-655-2431
Web site: www.langeusa.com
Lange USA Logo


Salomon
Web site: www.salomonsports.com.
Salomon Skiing


Tecnica
West Lebanon, New Hampshire 03784 USA
Web site: www.technicausa.com
Tecnica logo


Clothing

The ski slopes can be like a fashion show with styles changing every year. In the past, if you looked great on the slopes it was a sign you weren't a great skier. But that's not the case anymore. Everyone is in the fashion game now. Whatever fashion statement is being made, grunge to boutique, you can bet they paid big money for it.

Functionally, a shell jacket works the best, because it allows you to layer your clothing. It will take you from extreme cold to spring skiing and can be used for other sports. The jacket should be waterproof and breathable. A sign of top quality is when the seams are taped for added strength and real waterproof protection. On the other hand, there are plenty styling ski jackets and suits available. Less cross sport functionality, but you'll look great. It comes down to personal preference.



Bogner
Consistently the nicest stuff on the slopes with the price tag to prove it.
Web site: www.bogner.com
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Bombshell
The Gerry Group
2955 80th Ave SE
Mercer Island, WA 98040
Tel. 1-800-934-3779
Web site: www.ectextile.com
Bombshell


Columbia
Tel. 1-800-MA BOYLE
Web site: www.columbia.com
Columbia Sportswear


Fila
Tel. 1-800-763-3719.
Web site: www.fila.com.
Fila Logo


Helly Hansen
Tel. 1-425-883-8823
Web site: www.hellyhansen.com
Helly Hansen Logo


Marker Outerwear
Web site: www.markeri.com
Marker Logo


Patagonia
Tel. 1-800-patagonia
Web site: www.patagonia.com
Cool in every scene and good cross sport functionality.
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Gloves

The two choices with ski glove styles are mittens or gloves. Mittens will keep your fingers warmer, but they offer less movement. You can also get glove liners. Liners are thinner gloves that you wear under your ski gloves. Liners work quite well if you have problems with cold hands. Another option is hand warmer packets. For a couple of dollars you can buy little plastic envelopes that once opened produce heat for 3 or 4 hours. All ski shops carry them and you can get them for your feet as well as your hands. Gloves should be waterproof otherwise they'll absorb moisture. Incase your gloves get wet, an extra pair can be handy.

Goggles

Eye protection against UV rays is mandatory, and winter is the worst time with the added reflection off the snow and the direct sun light. There are days when sunglasses just aren't enough. Goggles also protect from the wind and snow. Look for anti-fogging goggles. They also have tinted lenses that give you better definition of the snow and bumps.

Bolle, Tel. 1-800-22-bolle
Web site: www.bolle.com

Briko, Tel. 1-800-go-briko

Oakley, Tel. 1-800-403-7449
Web site: www.oakley.com

Revo, Tel. 1-800-733-7386
Web site: www.revo.com

Smith, Tel. 1-800-654-6428
Web site: www.smithsport.com

Skis

Most ski manufacturers use similar materials and to a degree produce like products. Ski shapes very greatly. The ski shape you want depends on your level and style of skiing. Some of the characteristics to look for include length, flexibility, hourglass shape, and width. Longer skis provide more stability with greater speed. Greater flexibility in a ski is more forgiving, which also means they are less responsive. The new hourglass shape promotes easier turns. Wider skis are for powder skiing and keep the ski on top of the snow instead of getting buried. Most ski shops offer demo or new skis to rent. Try out as many styles as possible before you buy.



Atomic
Call a local ski shop for more information.
Atomic logo


Blizzard
Call a local ski shop for more information.
BLIZZARD SKISBlizzard Logo


Dynastar
Skis Dynastar Inc.
P.O. Box 25
Colchester, Vermont 05446, USA
Tel. 1-802-655-2431
Web site: www.dynastar.com
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Elan
Web site: www.elanskis.com
Elan Logo


Fischer
Tel. 1-800-431-2204 x321
Web site: www.fischerski.com
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Head
9189 Red Branch Road
Columbia, MD 21045 USA
Web site:www.headusa.com
Head USA Logo


K2
Tel. 1-800-972-4063
Web site:www.k2skis.com
K2 Skis


Kastle
Call a local ski shop for more information.


Olin
Call a local ski shop for more information.


Rossignol
Web site: www.rossignol.com.


Rossignol


Salomon
Web site: www.salomonsports.com.
Salomon Skiing


Volkl
West Lebanon, New Hampshire, USA
Web site:www.volkl.com
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