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Whether you’re a beginner on the bunny slope or are a near-professional, skiing can be one of the fun aspects of an otherwise frosty winter. Planning a ski trip with your friends and family can break some of the monotony of being stuck indoors all winter. While you can rent skis at the lodge where you’re headed, it’s also a great idea to have your own sets of skis on hand. In the long run, having your own equipment can help you adapt to a new sport. There are several different types of skis made for beginners through advanced skiers.

Men’s and Women’s Skis

There are distinct differences when it comes to men’s and women’s skis. The main differences have to do with length and weight, and each company produces each set of skis specific for either gender. Women’s skis are much smaller and this makes quite a difference in the performance. Wearing skis that are too large or cumbersome will not only give you bad performance on the slope, you could easily have an accident.

Youth Skis

There are several different types of skis for youth. The most common are kids unisex skis. As kids are beginning to learn to ski, they don’t need quite the particular construction, like the difference between men’s and women’s skis. For most children and young teens learning to ski, a unisex ski is the perfect option. However, there are both boys’ and girls’ skis available as well.

Ski Accessories

Before you hit the slopes, you’ll need to grab some ski accessories as well. Beyond having a warm winter hat, you’ll need boots that align and fit perfectly with your skis, as well as a way to carry your skis. Look for travel bags that can carry several pairs of skis. This way, one person can take charge of the bag as you mount the lift. Make sure your ski boots are comfortable and are a perfect fit so your feet aren’t cramped as you head down the mountain.

Brand Options

There are many different types of ski brands and nearly every skier has their favourite brands. Some of the more popular ski brands include well-known names such as Volkl, K2, Rossignol, ATOMIC, Salomon and Head. When it comes to youth skis, Rossignol is a popular brand.

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